New neighbourhood model is focused on our communities
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Our new Neighbourhood Policing model is in place, re-affirming our commitment to the service we deliver to our communities.
The new model ensures that we have maintained Community Beat Managers (CBMs), sergeants and inspectors dedicated to every area. The numbers of police officers in neighbourhood policing have been bolstered in the past 18 months with the recruitment of a further 13 CBMs.
Each team will focus on proactive crime prevention, engagement with our communities and partner organisations, and targeting the people and places who are most at risk or who are causing the most harm.
Statistics for December compared to the same month in 2022 show falls in recorded crimes for robbery against the person (-13%); residential burglary (-26.9%); vehicle crime (-13.7%); theft from the person (-14.2%); arson and criminal damage (-9.5%) and public order offences (-14.9%). A rise in shoplifting showed a rise of 24.3% - from 358 offences to 445 offences – which shows that there remains work to do, but our focus will always be to police in the most effective way that targets the areas most in need and the crime types which cause the highest levels of harm in our communities.
All of our areas will also be covered by an individual Neighbourhood Plan which includes crime and ASB data, in addition to other information, which allows us to set Community Priorities.
Ch Supt Kate Anderson said: “This new model is about really focussing on our communities, and providing the best possible service to them within our funding allocation.
“Lincolnshire remains one of the safest places in the county to live, work, and visit, and we are committed to keeping it that way.
“Our neighbourhood teams are a crucial part of Lincolnshire Police and do so much work in the communities we serve. We will focus on keeping people safe, preventing anti-social behaviour, engaging with our hard-to-reach groups and listening to your concerns.
“Those teams also work with our partners to protect adults and young people who are at risk of harm.
“We are committed to using data, including reports through Street Safe, and our Trust and Confidence survey to understand where we need to focus our resources for the best impact.”
The new model followed a reduction last year in the number of our PCSOs, due to budgetary pressures.
PCSOs have been retained in areas based on areas of the greatest vulnerability and need. They will continue to focus on targeted engagement, crime prevention and problem-solving, with an aim of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
Neighbourhood teams do not work in isolation and are supported by Response, the dedicated Roads Policing Unit, Rural Crime Action Team and investigation teams.
We launched our commitment to neighbourhood policing towards the end of last year.
Please see the attached document for more information.