This is the third Force Management Statement (FMS) that Lincolnshire Police has produced. It represents the largest annual piece of work that the force undertakes to comprehensively understand the demand that it is likely to face, and its ability to meet that demand, both in terms of the resources required to do so, but also their condition and capability.
The completed FMS is a critical document to both HMICFRS and the Force. For HMICFRS, it forms part of their evidence of Lincolnshire Police’s understanding of demand as part of the Police Effectiveness Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) assessment.
For the Force, it is an essential document in corporate planning; providing important information that the organisation needs to incorporate into its future delivery plans and change programme.
DCC Jason Harwin said:
“FMS is important to us for future planning. It gives us a good baseline understanding of where we’ve been and where we’re going in terms of demand, and also allows us another avenue through which we can review and make sure our resources are fit for purpose. “It is impossible to avoid the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced policing and it’s affected us in different ways; whether it’s increased the need for service from the police as a result of implementation of new legislation, or because of the changes to types of crime as a result of lockdowns and other restrictions, or changes in ways of working within the force that have brought efficiencies and improvements. All of this has been part of a very unusual 15 months and will almost certainly change again as Coronavirus regulations change. “Saying that, what we have been able to do as part of insight work is make sure we are doing our best to understand need and put our resources in the right places to ensure we stop crime and anti-social behaviour, keep people safe from harm, and help those in need, all of which are the Chief constable’s key priorities for the Force. We’ll see more officers in the county thanks to the funding allocated to Lincolnshire Police as part of the national uplift and they are most welcome.”
This FMS was created in 2020 and uses data from 2019. HMICFRS did not require police forces to create an FMS in 2020, in recognition of the additional pressures because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Lincolnshire Police chose to continue creating the FMS in recognition of its importance to planning for the future.
In this document, there are predictions relating to demand, which include the variations between current predictions, and those from FMS 2, which was submitted in May 2019.
Where variations exist between current and previous predictions, this is because actual data is now available, which has adjusted the future prediction. The narrative of each section gives a view of why demand is changing.
Download the full Force Management Statement below
What is a Force Management Statement?
A Force Management Statement (FMS) is a self-assessment that the Chief Constable must prepare and provide to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies & Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) each year.
It is the Chief Constable’s statement and explanation of:
The demand we face now and expect to face in the next four years;
How we will change and improve our workforce and other assets to cope with that demand;
How we will improve efficiency to make sure the gap between future demand and future capability is as small as it can reasonably be; and
The money the force expects to have to do all this.
The FMS is part of the integrated PEEL assessment carried out by HMICFRS which covers the areas of efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy in policing.