Leicestershire PEEL 2014
How well the force tackles crime
Leicestershire Police is good at reducing crime and preventing offending. The force is good at investigating offending. It is good at tackling anti-social behaviour.
Leicestershire has seen bigger reductions in crime over the last four years than across England and Wales. The police work well with partners to prevent crime and reduce reoffending.
Neighbourhood policing remains a clear focus in the force’s approach to cutting crime and tackling anti-social behaviour. Neighbourhood teams understand their local community concerns and priorities, and use a range of tactics to fight crime and prevent it.
HMIC found that there is a strong focus on the victim, and the force has made good progress in taking steps to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected. Victim satisfaction with policing services is broadly in line with the figure for England and Wales.
Anti-social behaviour is a force priority and there is good work taking place in the neighbourhood teams and with partners to tackle it, although more could be done to learn from what works.
Further insights on effectiveness
The domestic abuse inspection found that there was a good standard of service for victims assessed as high-risk, but for victims assessed as medium and standard-risk the service was found to be less consistent. The service was found to be less well developed for repeat victims of domestic abuse who reported a number of incidents which were assessed as standard-risk. Leicestershire Police recognised this and has been working to secure improvements. The crime inspection found evidence that the force has a strong victim focus in cases of domestic abuse.
The crime inspection found that dealing with organised crime gangs was important for the force and there was a meeting structure to identify and closely monitor gang activity, and to use intelligence to pursue a robust approach to disrupting their criminal activities. The value for money inspection found that the force had flexibility and agility in moving resources to address new and emerging threats such as organised crime.
The Strategic Policing Requirement inspection found that Leicestershire had, or had access to through collaboration with other forces regionally, the necessary capability to tackle terrorism, civil emergency, serious organised crime and public disorder but not a large-scale cyber incident.
How effective is the force at reducing crime and preventing offending?
Leicestershire Police has a victim-centred approach and a strong focus on ensuring that the most vulnerable victims receive a comprehensive service from all agencies. HMIC found good evidence of frontline staff working with partners to find ways to divert offenders and prevent crime.
Crime in Leicestershire has reduced by 22 percent over the last four years, compared with a reduction of 16 percent across England and Wales, although the force has experienced a rise this year. The force works well with partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in using a range of tactics to prevent crime and reduce reoffending.
HMIC found that the force’s ability to measure the impact of its activities and to learn from what has worked is limited. The force has recognised this and is starting to develop better ways to identify what works.