The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has announced a number of changes to the way policing operations are managed across the county.
To bring senior officers closer to the front line, a number of changes have been made to the senior management structure to ensure the right level of support is being provided to local policing delivery.
New Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick said he fully supported the changes announced by the Chief Constable.
“I fully support the new policing model and I have every confidence that, with goodwill and flexibility it will operate to the greater benefit of the Force and the people of Lincolnshire,” he said.
Changes will be taking place over the next six months with the first of these already in place which is to base a Chief Superintendent and Superintendent team in Boston and Lincoln to cover, respectively, the east and west of the county.
At Boston, Acting Chief Superintendent Paula Wood will be supported by Acting Superintendent Keiran English and at Lincoln, Chief Superintendent Lee Freeman will take command and work with Superintendent Paul Gibson.
Between now and April, these teams will be charged with establishing effective management structures and processes with the aim of improving performance and building and sustaining enduring relationships with local communities, local authorities and other partner agencies. The responsibility for the investigation of volume crime will move from HQ-based Crime Support and be overseen by a Detective Chief Inspector each of whom will be based locally at Boston and Lincoln.
Changes have also been made at Headquarters to cover the absence of Head of Crime Support.
Detective Chief Superintendent Heather Roach was recently selected to attend the prestigious strategic command course at the national College of Policing. During her absence she will be replaced by current Director of Intelligence, Superintendent Keith Owen who has assumed the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime Support.
When Chief Superintendent Roach returns to the Force in April she will work through until September with Chief Superintendent Russ Hardy (currently Head of Operations Support) to create a combined Operations and Crime Command which will eventually be led by a Chief Superintendent who is yet to be identified.
These changes are designed to provide strong local leadership, improve partnership engagement and ensure continuing improvement to service delivery and optimum use of resources without incurring extra costs.
The Chief Constable said: “I am really excited about the changes to our policing structure. During the current financial year we have already seen excellent performance with 14% reduction in crime which means 5,000 fewer victims of crime in the first nine months of this year compared with the previous year.
“The new east-west command structure is designed to enable the force to build on this excellent performance in the years ahead and to provide enhanced engagement with our communities, partners and stakeholders.”