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Lancashire 2016

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This is HMIC’s third PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Lancashire Constabulary. PEEL is designed to give the public information about how their local police force is performing in several important areas, in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year on year. The assessment is updated throughout the year with our inspection findings and reports.

The extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

The extent to which the constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is: good.

The extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

The efficiency inspection findings are published below. My overall assessment of Lancashire’s performance will be published in spring 2017.

Michael Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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Effectiveness

How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

To be graded

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. The graded judgments for effectiveness will be published in March 2017. See last year’s assessment of the force’s effectiveness.

View the five questions for effectiveness

Efficiency

How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Last updated 03/11/2016
Good

Lancashire Constabulary has been assessed as good in respect of the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

Lancashire Constabulary has a good understanding of current and future demand for its services. There is a well established change programme that considers current demand on the constabulary and is developing a more detailed understanding of more complex demand. The current demand which comes into the constabulary’s control room has been analysed in order to find a more efficient way of responding to calls. The same method is now being used to analyse and understand more complex demand. There has been significant investment in ICT, but many staff said that the new custody and prosecution IT system has made it difficult for them to carry out their duties efficiently. The constabulary uses its resources to manage current demand well but could improve how resources are identified and deployed to incidents. There are good governance arrangements in place to match resources to priorities.

Lancashire Constabulary is a central partner in a group of public service organisations which support an early action programme, and provide co-ordinated support to the communities who are most in need. Current gaps in the workforce have been identified. The constabulary intends to recruit people who have the right skills to provide a policing style which is based on working more closely with other public services in order to support the early action agenda. This new approach will be introduced as part of a place-based policing strategy, which will see more integration with other public services to provide the most appropriate support to people in need. The constabulary has a proven track record in making savings and has made prudent financial plans to meet future needs.

View the three questions for efficiency

Legitimacy

How legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

To be graded

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. The graded judgments for legitimacy will be published in December 2016. See last year’s assessment of the force’s legitimacy.

View the three questions for legitimacy

Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMIC carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.

Leadership

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. HMIC’s assessment of leadership will be published in December 2016. See last year’s assessment of the constabulary’s leadership.

View the three questions for leadership

Other reports

This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of Lancashire Constabulary.

View other reports

Key facts

Force Area

1,187 square miles

Population

1.47m people 2% local 10 yr change

Workforce

76% frontline 78% national level
3.3 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
20% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)

Cost

49p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

Find out more about the area policed by this force.

Police and crime plan priorities

The police and crime plan, as well as other information about the PCC, can be found on their website.