Another busy week in Leicestershire Police with two visits from the High Sherriff who has been able to witness the PolAMB (PolAmb will see a paramedic and police officer respond to town centre based 999 calls on a Friday and Saturday night, in a specially adapted ambulance vehicle which acts as a Medical Assessment Unit).
The High Sherriff of Rutland has also been in touch with me this week; he was very impressed with the calm professionalism of officers when he joined them on a Friday evening shift recently – a special thank you to the officers who made him feel very welcome.
Loughborough is a lucky town following the opening of the new, improved police station on Monday 23rd February. Sir Clive and I went to the opening event organised by Inspector Tracey Willets. The station was opened by Jamell Anderson basketball player for Great Britain and the Leicester Riders. Jamell, who is 6’8” tells me he is considering joining the police which will be a challenge for our supplies department …
At the Strategic Assurance Board on Tuesday we discussed the long-standing goal of the Force workforce being more representative of the communities it serves with new initiatives focusing on the entire workforce. This on-going work has recently resulted in Leicestershire Police being award the Gold standard for the Business in the Community campaigns of Opportunity Now. We are in the top 10 public sector organisations for both Race and Gender. No other police force features in this group. We are looking to develop a plan to remain in the top 10 addressing how we work with communities and staff groups to identify how we can attract and retain talented, committed and enthusiastic individuals for the variety of roles we have available.
I also received an update on the performance of departments since the changes to the Force have launched on 9th February. The percentage of time that neighbourhood officers spend on patrol and carrying out community consultation and engagement has more than doubled compared to before. Keep up the good work!