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PCC backs Home Office report to tackle demand on front line officers

  • Last Updated: 17-12-2019 at 11:12

MEASURES designed to tackle the demand placed on front line officers have been backed by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The recommendations come in the wake of the Front Line Review carried out by the Home Office to learn what the front line officers really think about the job they do and what can improve.

The review was launched by the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, in May 2018 and was designed to capture ideas for improvements and change directly from all 43 force’s staff – including all ranks, police staff, community support officers and members of the special constabulary.

The report concluded with a commitment to review future funding.

The recommendation report said: “A clear message being received from the front line is that there are not enough officers and staff, limiting time and opportunities for proper supervision and important activities such as continuing professional development.

“We recognise demand on the police is changing and that is why police funding is increasing by more than £1 billion this year, including council tax and serious violence funding. The Home Secretary has been clear that police funding is being prioritised at the Spending Review to ensure the police service is equipped to tackle modern crime and modern demands.”

PCC Marc Jones said the report was an important step in recognizing the complexities facing modern policing and the importance of innovation.

“A great deal of work has already been done to innovate, develop and equip Lincolnshire Police with the right tools to keep our communities safe,” said Mr Jones.

“But support on these developments, a commitment to increase funding and an understanding of the complex challenges faced by officers is a hugely important positive step.

“I wholeheartedly support the recommendations set out in the report as a huge step forward in helping protect Lincolnshire’s residents.”

The Home Office has pledged a number of actions in response to the report including:

  1. Establishing The Front Line Innovation Project – to create a space for the front line to directly influence innovation and improvement. Mirroring successful working conducted in other we will ensure a national infrastructure is in place to support the co-creation of solutions with the front line.
  2. Ensuring the operational system achieves the right balance between meeting demands and supporting the individual - Ministers will challenge to Chiefs to consider essential time for core activities within working patterns that positively impact on frontline wellbeing and support.
  3. Management of External Demand - A Ministerial commitment to provide good practice guidance to enable policing to manage more effectively cases that should not involve the police.
  4. Management of Internal Demand - A Ministerial challenge to Chiefs to identify and address unnecessary internally generated demand within their forces
  5. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) activity on Police Wellbeing will review the way that it inspects the extent to which wellbeing is embedded within day to day policing.
  6. Providing a National Evaluation Mechanism for Wellbeing Provision - A Ministerial commitment to provide the front line with a direct means to evaluate national and local progress on wellbeing.