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Hampshire Constabulary is the third lowest cost force per head of population. By April 2018, its workforce will be 4,860, making it the second leanest force per head of population in the country.

It has innovative partnerships with other agencies including Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, with which it shares a strategic headquarters. HR and finance are shared with Hampshire’s council and fire services. There is a well-developed collaboration with Thames Valley Police and close working with criminal justice partners. Other innovation includes an award-winning forensics partnership with Portsmouth University.

Partnerships are being further developed through modern approaches to cyber-crime and responding to the increase in reporting of crimes such as child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

61 percent of Hampshire’s £315m budget comes from the national government grant. £80m of efficiency has been delivered since 2010 with £10m of these savings being delivered by April 2018, a further £21m being delivered by 2021, and an additional £4m by April 2022.

In 2017 the force was recognised as having good plans to address future demand on services. Its new operating model and reduction of personnel has enabled the force to provide a new police estate, more suited to how the force now provides its services, saving £2m each year.

In 2017, Hampshire had the highest crime allocation nationally per officer (92.5 compared with national average of 66.4).

Hampshire’s operating model retains a strong neighbourhood policing footprint and has a higher than average proportion of officers in frontline roles.

Hampshire remains a force with high public confidence and good satisfaction and has a committed workforce with low sickness rates and good absence management.

HMICFRS inspected Hampshire for its effectiveness and gave a ‘Good’ rating after substantial improvements were found in both protecting vulnerable people and investigations, and significant improvements in criminal justice outcomes were seen. This followed a ‘Requires Improvement’ grading in 2016.

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