The last few days have been challenging for Leicestershire Police starting with the discharge of a firearm, a potential murder investigation and road closures around New Walk yesterday as the Council building was demolished. This is in addition to the continued changes in Force. Many people have worked extended hours over the weekend to progress these investigations. Thank you to all involved.
Although it is still early days the initial analysis across the Force has shown the number of hours spent patrolling local neighbourhoods has increased by 40%. The Patrol and Resolution Team are spending more time working remotely and therefore more visible in our communities.
Last week also saw the launch of an online survey asking the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to have their say on the future of the Force. We need to continue to transform, responding to a reducing budget and to change public expectations. To take part in the survey please visit www.leics.police.uk/futureofthepolice. It is available until 9am on 2nd March 2015.
I have received an e-mail thanking DCI Jonny Starbuck and DI Lucy Batchelor who presented at De Montfort University last week. The session was Police Leadership and Advanced Policing during which they discussed their personal experiences of being police leaders. It was an excellent input which the students have greatly benefitted from and voted the best module of their course so far.
Moving over to sports news, it has been an excellent week for both table tennis and rugby.
On Thursday evening Leicestershire Police played Knighton Park in the semi-final of the cup competition. Leicestershire Police won 5-4 after a thrilling match and are now through to the final. This is the first time that the Police team have got to the final and they are also on course for the league double being 11 points clear at the top with 5 games to play.