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Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Lancashire. The police force area covers 1,187 square miles with approximately 100 miles of coastline in the north west of England. Although there are some highly affluent areas, Lancashire has a high level of poverty. Around 1.5 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Preston. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 10 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, air and sea ports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for Lancashire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary is in the Northern region

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HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Key facts – 2018/19

Force Area

1,187 square miles

Population

1.5m people
up3% local 10 yr change

Workforce

93% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.34 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down19% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.10 per person
0.08 national level
up63% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

52p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Lancashire PCC

Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire Constabulary

Chief Constable Andrew Rhodes, appointed in March 2017

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