Police officers are spending up to 40 per cent more time patrolling their beats thanks to a cost-cutting re-organisation, Leicestershire Police claims.
The force introduced a new way of working two weeks ago.
It means beat officers are no longer required to investigate crimes and are spending their time identifying and solving local problems. The investigation of crimes is now handled by a new unit of officers.
A new managed appointment unit is also up and running providing appointments to members of the public either at a police station or at their home, dealing with non-urgent requests in a more convenient way for them.
As part of the shake-up Melton is now, along with Rutland and Harborough, part of a larger Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area.
Leicestershire Police say, though it’s still early days, initial analysis shows that across the force area the number of hours spent patrolling local neighbourhoods has increased by 40 per cent since its new model came into force.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “I’m really proud of the hard work and dedication of officers and staff. Early indications suggest the model is bedding in well and I look forward to the weeks ahead.
“I’ve been out and about meeting many of the new teams and units and have seen first-hand the enthusiasm and how services are changing for the better. As expected there have been a few teething issues but nothing we wouldn’t have expected with a change of this scale.”
l Leicestershire Police has launched an online survey inviting the people of Leicestershire and Rutland to have their say on the future of the force.
To take part in the survey visit www.leics.police.uk/futureoftheforce. It is available until 9am on Monday March 2.