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Nottinghamshire Police covers the county of Nottinghamshire; an area of 834 square miles. It has 1,893 police officers and 1,244 staff including PCSOs, around 250 special constables and 50 police cadets. The Force is currently in the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, indicating pioneering work to help make sure that every LGBT employee can be themselves in the workplace.

Around 1.1 million people live in Nottinghamshire, primarily in the urban areas of Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop and Newark-on-Trent. Nottingham is a major sporting centre, and is home to several global companies and two universities. However, there are high levels of poverty within the county. The population is ethnically diverse, with 11% from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and increases with large student and visitor numbers.

Demand has increased in the current year with 999 and 101 calls for service increasing by 5.2% and 3.0% respectively. The force has one of the highest rates of 999 call rates in the country. Overall recorded crime rates have increased by 9.4% year-to-date; this pattern has been seen nationally and relates to compliance with Home Office Counting Rules. Over the same period, antisocial behaviour incidents have reduced.

Complex and resource-intensive issues such as modern slavery and child sexual exploitation are expected to continue to rise over the coming year. Non-crime demand such as responding to missing people and concerns for safety have also increased particularly mental health-related incidents.

Nottinghamshire Police has led the way towards tackling misogyny by expanding the hate crime category to include misogynistic incidents, working to make Nottinghamshire a safer place for women.

The Force is on track to deliver a £12m saving during 2016/17 and is now looking to grow its workforce, having recently opened recruitment. The force continues to be at the forefront of collaboration and is currently exploring opportunities for closer, more consistent working as part of a Tri-Force Collaboration with Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Nottinghamshire Police. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.

HMIC says...

Nottinghamshire Police provides policing services to the county of Nottinghamshire. The police force area covers 834 square miles in the east midlands of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Nottinghamshire has a high level of poverty. Around 1.1 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Nottingham, as well as the towns of Mansfield and Newark-on-Trent. The population is ethnically diverse, with 11 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the large number who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

England and Wales is made up of over 181,000 small areas known as census output areas (OAs). These have been defined by the Office for National Statistics to group together people with similar characteristics and to include, on average, 125 households. The size of the geographical area covered by each OA varies according to the population density in different parts of the country. The largest OA in England and Wales covers 20,166 hectares, and the smallest less than 0.02 hectares. A football pitch is approximately 0.75 of a hectare.

There are 3,596 OAs in Nottinghamshire with an average size of 60 hectares which is smaller than the national average of 87 hectares. While the majority (67 percent) of OAs in Nottinghamshire are relatively small at under 10 hectares, a smaller proportion (9 percent) are extremely large in size (over 100 hectares) indicating the mixture of urban and rural localities. The smallest OAs are concentrated in Nottingham and the towns of Nottinghamshire with the largest spread across the more sparsely populated rural areas.

The advantage of analysis at output area level is that it supports a people-centred approach. Differences in the socio-economic characteristics of people who live in different OAs lead to different behaviours, including the use of public services. These differences are reflected in the information that is collected in large data sets such as the census, the Ordnance Survey (OS) point of interest data and other quasi-economic sources that have been used in this analysis.

HMIC has been working with the London School of Economics to use econometric techniques to statistically model and predict the level of reactive demands for police services in each OA in England and Wales. Using police incident data and several thousand characteristics (variables) drawn from the census data, OS point of interest data and other smaller data sets for each OA, it has been possible to predict the number of incidents for each OA and determine how challenging each OA is likely to be to police. We have also used the house prices from the Land Registry as a proxy indicator of wealth. Nottinghamshire has a median house price, based on the OAs that have had a property transaction within the last 12 months, of £141,854 which is lower than the median of England and Wales (£230,358). Nottinghamshire has 17.6 percent of its OAs within the lowest 10 percent of house prices nationally, while 5.9 percent of OAs are within the top 10 percent of house prices nationally (and 1.4 percent of OAs are within the top 1 percent). This suggests that there are areas of lower value housing and deprivation, with a proportion of affluence and high house prices.

The demands for police services are not the same in every area of England and Wales. Our analysis has revealed that the socio-demographic characteristics of an area influence the demands for police services in that area.

In every police force, there is a concentration of predicted demands in a small number of its OAs. Taking England and Wales as a whole the most challenging 1,811 (1 percent) of these account for 10.8 percent of all the predicted incidents. We have designated these areas of very high challenge and found that they are characterised by a high concentration of people living, working, socialising or travelling in the area. Features which both cause and/or indicated a concentration of people include the number of commercial premises, including licensed premises, fast food premises, public transport and social deprivation. In some areas, these features are in combination.

Some 1.3 percent of the very high challenge areas nationally are in Nottinghamshire. The highest-challenge one percent of OAs in the force account for 5.3 percent of Nottinghamshire’s predicted incidents, these predicted demands are likely to occur in only 0.4 percent of the total area of the force.

Within Nottinghamshire:

  • the proportion of OAs that are a very high challenge to police based on the predicted level of incidents is lower than the national level of one percent;
  • the proportion of OAs that are a very high challenge to police based on the predicted level of crime is lower than the national level of one percent;
  • the proportion of OAs that are a very high challenge to police based on the predicted level of anti-social behaviour is lower than the national level of one percent;
  • the proportion of OAs that are very high challenge to police for the predicted level of emergency and priority calls for assistance at incidents is lower than the national level of one percent; and
  • the proportion of OAs that are very high challenge to police for the predicted level of emergency and priority calls for assistance at crimes is lower than the national level of one percent.

As an indication of the challenge for the police to reach citizens in all parts of Nottinghamshire we calculated the average travel time and distance from the central point of the force area to the centre of each of the 3,596 OAs. These calculations of distance and time are based on using the road network under normal driving conditions and speeds, and indicate the size of the area and the quality of its road network.

Nottinghamshire has 105 miles of motorways and trunk roads; the average travel distance of 9.5 miles (longest 39 miles and shortest 0.9 miles) and the average travel time of 19 minutes from the centre of the force to each OA are lower than the respective national averages of 17 miles and 30 minutes. This demonstrates the size complexity of Nottinghamshire and the nature of its roads.

While the concentration of demands in a small number of locations (covering a very small area) may be helpful in focusing resources, it is not the totality of demand. The provision of services extends beyond those areas that are a very high challenge to police and includes the least challenging and most remote areas. The challenge of providing services throughout Nottinghamshire is a function of many things including the size and topography of the area, the road network and how congested the roads are. These considerations influence how police resources are organised and managed – for example, where police officers are based and their working patterns.