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Lancashire Constabulary serves a diverse range of communities, urban to rural and wealthy to high deprivation. With a resident population of 1.47 million people and visitors to Blackpool in 2016 exceeding 18 million it is a popular tourist destination and a desirable place to study (over 45,000 students attend its universities).

Our communities are some of the most culturally diverse in the UK. There are 14 local authority areas, 6 of which fall into the top 50 most deprived in England. Every inch of Lancashire has an allocation of neighbourhood policing. Our control room handles around 1.2 million calls for service annually, 250,000 of which are 999 emergencies. These calls translate into over 500,000 incidents and 120,000 crimes.

The frontline demand we deal with has changed significantly. Over 80 percent of this is made up of incidents involving mental health, domestic abuse, child protection, including elements of digital investigation, particularly exploitation of vulnerable people online.

The constabulary listens to thousands of calls for service and combines this information with high-quality intelligence and scanning to determine how it resources the policing model to deliver the commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan. This is part of a 5-year forward view.

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to prevention through its Early Action programme and works with other organisations and community groups to intervene early. The force works collaboratively at a regional, national and international level to prevent and pursue threats ranging from counter terrorism to organised crime to human trafficking.

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