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Lincolnshire is one of the largest geographic areas in the UK covering 2,284 square miles with a population of 736,700. Lincolnshire Police has 1,087 officers, 105 PCSOs and 282 police staff.

The pattern of deprivation is in line with national trends, in that urban and coastal areas show higher levels of deprivation than other areas.

In 2016/17, Lincolnshire Police recorded 164,404 calls for service. 19,991 calls for service in 2016/17 related to incidents of anti-social behaviour. The total for 2017/18 is expected to be approximately 9 percent higher. Recorded crime levels within Lincolnshire have risen annually since 2014/15 in line with national trends. The total for 2017/18 is expected to be 41,885 – a 12 percent increase compared to 2016/17. Lincolnshire remains one of the lowest force areas for recorded crime per 1000 population.

The force has a strategic partnership with a private services provider, outsourcing business areas and delivering significant savings.

The force collaborates regionally to combat major, serious and organised crime, to provide criminal justice services and specialised policing functions, including armed and roads policing. Locally, it is in partnership and collaborates with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service, utilising opportunities for colocation and closer working practices.

Demands on the force have changed in the recent years, and the force has moved additional resources into high risk areas such as cyber-enabled crime, child sexual exploitation and modern day slavery. We have greater capacity to investigate through our online investigative teams and our enhanced capability to scrutinise crime scenes for digital traces.

Lincolnshire Police’s biggest challenge is funding as there is an underfunding gap of £3.5m in 2019/20 to address. The force will continue to work hard to secure the long-term settlement that is needed to protect the force staff, and deliver the high level of service to the people of Lincolnshire.

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