Statement of challenges

Geographic profile:
The Leicestershire policing area covers approximately 2,084 square kilometres (804 square miles). The A1, M1, M69 motorways and rail networks traverse the county. East Midlands International Airport services European/Worldwide destinations. Local government is administered through Leicestershire County Council, the two unitary authorities of Rutland and Leicester City Council and seven district or borough councils.

Major policing events:
- Donington Park; Download Festival and Moto GP
- Premier League Football.
- Caribbean Carnival.
- Diwali festival.

Demographic profile:
Leicestershire’s’ population of 1, 017,6971 representing an increase of 10% since 2001; 21.6% are minority ethnic, an increase of 64% over 10 years. There are about 130 languages and/or dialects spoken in the city (2).

Unemployment in the city (15.4%) is higher than the regional (8.1%) and national average (8.0%), while the county (5.7%) has lower than average levels (3).

On 2009 figures, it was officially estimated that there are 16,165 children in poverty in Leicestershire, 11.66% of all the county’s children. A rising figure and proportion, having stood at 14,495 and 10.5% in 2008, and likely to rise further given the reforms and reductions to benefits (9).

For Leicestershire the proportion of 10-29 years of age is disproportionally high (1).
Leicester City is ranked 25th most deprived out of a possible 326 areas4.

Over 53,000 students study at the 3 universities of Loughborough, De Montfort and Leicester (5).

Operating Cost and Workforce
Leicestershire Police has a record of prudent effective financial management. The force is currently undergoing considerable organisational structural change to deliver policing services within financial austerity.

Since the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) the workforce is 11% smaller and the force needs to save £36.1m over the CSR review. (6)

The force is currently disadvantaged by the government funding formula as it would receive about £5.6m more each year if the formula were applied in full.

Since 2010 there has been an increase in reported psychological illness; however this needs to be balanced against a general high level of attendance. The force remains committed to employee wellbeing and good mental health and continues to implement and develop initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of the workforce.(7)

Recorded crime: A 36.9% reduction in crime over 10 years is accompanied by changes in offending (fraud, cyber) and an increase in the level and complexity of demands; 6% of recorded incidents were flagged as mental health related.

On average the force receives 1, 870 calls per day of which 12% are related to a concern for safety8.

Environmental changes:
- Safeguarding – human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, reported slavery being on the increase, including those of a historical nature.
- Cyber-crime and increases in the use of digital media. - Impact of world events on Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland diverse communities.
- Budget constraints amongst partnership agencies.

(1) Office for National Statistics (ONS) - 2011 Census results.
(2) Leicester City Council – Key Facts
(3) ONS June 2013.
(4) Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Assessment (where 1 is the most deprived).
(5) Higher Education Statistics Agency
(6) Force Human Resources and Finance data.
(7) Force HR Sickness Statistics.
(8) Force recorded crime and contact management department statistics.
(9) Leicestershire Together Child Poverty Needs Assessment

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