A report has said that Lincolnshire Police is “good” for effective policing.
The HMIC report says the force is “good in respect of its effectiveness at keeping people safe and reducing crime”.
The force received a “good” rating for:
• Preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe
• investigating crime and reducing re-offending
• Tackling serious and organised crime
THE Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the report and said it demonstrated a significant step forward for the force and showed the great strides being made to provide the best service for the people of Lincolnshire.
But the inspectors did say the force needs to improve its work on “protecting those who are vulnerable from harm, and supporting victims”.
HMIC praised the force for the steps forward it has made since last year’s “requires improvement” grading.
Mr Jones said he had already identified the support of victims and protecting the vulnerable as key priorities for the coming year and both were identified in his recently released Community Safety, Policing and Criminal Justice plan.
He said: “I am delighted the inspectors have recognized the fantastic strides forward the force has made in the past year and all the staff at Lincolnshire Police deserve great credit for the improvements.
“There is still work to do but I am confident that work already started by my office, alongside the force, will provide even better services for victims and to help protect the vulnerable.
“I am certain that working in partnership with the force and other agencies in the county we can make our communities even safer and deliver services our residents can be proud of.”
The report identified that crimes recorded per 1,000 population in Lincolnshire were 49, below the national average of 68 and that overall crime had only grown by 1.3 per cent against a national average of 7.8 per cent.
Grantham councillor and vice-chairman of the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel Ray Wootten said: “I welcome the rating of ‘good’ by Her Majesty’s inspector of Constabulary. Policing a rural area is challenging and I congratulate officers and staff in the hard work that they do in protecting our community each day.”