Leicestershire Police

Report finds police efficiency 'requires improvement'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two of our police forces have been praised for reducing crime and keeping people safe.

Government inspectors (HMICFRS) looked at how both Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Police operate and assessed them in three areas – efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy.

Police on patrol

The force in Leicestershire was found to be "good" in all three areas but Nottinghamshire Police fell down on efficiency where it was rated "requires improvement".

The PEEL report said: "I am satisfied with most aspects of Nottinghamshire Police’s performance in keeping people safe and reducing crime.

"However, the force needs to continue to improve its efficiency in order to provide a consistently good service."

Leicestershire Police appoint new assistant chief

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Julia Debenham has been named as the new assistant chief constable in charge of crime and operations by Leicestershire Police.

The force said Mrs Debenham, currently a chief superintendent, was appointed yesterday following a nationally advertised selection process.

She has been with the force for 26 years and last year played a major role in the investigation into an explosion at a shop in Leicester that killed five people.

Julia Debenham
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire police get £1m to tackle knife crime

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Police have been granted an extra £1m to tackle knife crime in the county.

The county's Police and Crime Commisioner Willy Bach said: "I’m relieved that our urgent calls for additional funding have been heard.

"This money is desperately needed and will increase our capacity to tackle knife crime and violence as early as this Easter weekend."

The central government grant received by the force is part of £100m which has been dedicated to tackling the issue.