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Northamptonshire 2017

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This is HMICFRS’ fourth PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Northamptonshire Police. 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 force is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is not yet graded.

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

The extent to which the force is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is not yet graded.

The efficiency inspection findings are published below.

Zoë Billingham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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HMI's observations

My overall assessment of Northamptonshire’s performance will be published in spring 2018, following the publication of the legitimacy and effectiveness inspections in December 2017 and March 2018, respectively.


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

To be graded
View the five questions for effectiveness


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

Last updated 09/11/2017

Northamptonshire Police is judged to be good in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. Our overall judgment this year is the same as last year. The force is judged to be good for its understanding of demand; its use of resources to manage demand is judged to require improvement; and it is judged to be good for its planning for future demand.

Northamptonshire Police has a good understanding of current demand for its services, based on sophisticated analysis of police data. The force has undertaken detailed analysis of demand and socio-economic and demographic changes, supported by demand modelling software. Its new demand monitoring framework will allow a more evidence-based and considered response to future resourcing decisions.

The force is reshaping its operating model to ensure policing services are aligned with each other. It has implemented a new process to identify wasteful or inefficient activity in its change programme and has introduced a single change board to provide more robust governance, oversight and management of the programme.

The force could improve its understanding of the skills of its workforce and what skills it will need in the future. It is currently under-resourced in some areas and is conducting recruitment campaigns, but these would be more effective if it had a detailed understanding of its current skills and gaps. The force recognises that it is not making the best use of its technology and has plans to address this. Although the force has methods of obtaining feedback from its workforce, these are not widely trusted and the workforce do not feel included in the change process.

Northamptonshire Police’s plans for the future are innovative and will change how it operates. Financial, estates (buildings and facilities) and workforce plans are becoming more closely aligned. The force is reducing its estate and associated running costs, and continues to engage actively with other agencies and neighbouring police forces. It intends to increase its collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Service and with other local police forces. The force is planning to save more than it needs to each year to provide some available funding for the future.

View the three questions for efficiency


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

To be graded
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, HMICFRS 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.

Key facts

Force Area

913 square miles


0.71m people 10% local 10 yr change


74% frontline 78% national level
3.1 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

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


46p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

  • The force is working with partners to achieve long-term reductions in violence. Its primary focus is to Protect People from Harm.
  • The area’s population has grown above the national average since 2001, with continued increases expected in both population and policing demands.

Police and crime plan priorities

The 2016-21 Police and Crime Plan for Northamptonshire outlines four key priority areas:

  • Keeping children and young people safe through early intervention and prevention activities, helping our young people to be more resilient and prevent them becoming victims and offenders of the future
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  • Community partnerships to improve accessibility and visibility of police in both rural and urban areas and address issues of anti-social behaviour and road safety
  • Protecting people from harm including reducing the impact of domestic and sexual abuse, tackling drugs and alcohol, responding to mental health related demand and addressing national and international threats
  • Victims at the heart of justice right across the criminal justice system.

In addition the plan seeks to transform policing in the county through better use of technology, increased data sharing and collaboration between partners and through further integration of Police with Fire and Rescue.