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Lincolnshire Police is granting extra powers to its uniformed police staff. Lincolnshire Police has PCSO cars, but the staff members won't be allowed to enforce the rules of the road from them Date - 2nd October 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 5 Comments PCSOs will be given the power to stop and seize cars, require drivers to show licenses and authorise the issue of traffic offence reports. Lincolnshire Police has announced it is using the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to give the uniformed police staff more powers. The force will also be assigning its 118 police community support officers to record statements around low level crimes like shop theft. Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “I have decided to designate additional powers to our PCSOs which focus on traffic issues and relate directly to [...] our commitment to tackling serious and fatal collisions on our road.” He said the staff are the bedrock of neighbourhood policing, adding: “I’m keen that those existing relationships and ways of policing don’t disappear but shift more towards dealing with traffic-related issues. "I am hopeful that a balance can be struck between carrying on with established responsibilities and also incorporating these new powers into the role of the PCSO. “We know the areas where I’ve given extra powers are some of the most concerning to our communities and it is right that local officers can now tackle them direct, as well as alleviating pressure from other members of the force. All this helps us keep Lincolnshire as safe as possible.” The additional powers centre around being able to authorise the issue of traffic offence reports for thing such as speeding, using mobile phones at the wheel and driving without a valid MOT. They will have the power to stop motor vehicles, but only on foot, not from inside a police car. Lincolnshire Police Federation chairman Jon Hassall said: “It’s a sad indictment of what the government has done to policing that we’re having to give extra powers to PCSOs to do things police should be doing. “If anything goes wrong and escalates on the street it will be my cops that will have to get there and pick up the pieces straight away.” Last week CC Skelly warned the force faces having to cut 40 per cent of its PCSOs, 60 police officers and 10 per cent of other staff if the government doesn't make funding changes. Dorset Police recently gave some PCSOs responsibility for taking statements, calling them Police Community Support Investigators. View On Police Oracle
One in five crimes not recorded in one area, while HMIs praise two others for their improvement. A force has been criticised for “unacceptable failings” after it failed to record 20 per cent of crime. An inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has criticised Lincolnshire Police for failing to record nearly one in five crimes. At the same time, HMIs assessed the Metropolitan Police and Humberside Police. The UK’s largest force – whose conduct led to the inspection regime for crime recording being established in the first place after whistleblower James Patrick exposed their issues – recorded 90 per cent of crime. HMIs said the Met had made “significant improvement” and commended its senior leadership. Humberside’s 85 per cent crime recording result was described as “good progress”, but the inspectorate noted room for improvement, with 14,200 crimes per year not recorded. HMI Zoe Billingham said: “It is of very great concern to me that Lincolnshire Police is failing to record almost one in five crimes reported to it. “We estimate the force fails to record 9,400 reported crimes each year, including reports concerning vulnerable victims, victims of crimes of a sexual nature and of violence. “Although safeguarding measures were in place for many of the victims of crimes, there was little evidence of investigations being undertaken where the crime had not made it on to the books. This is particularly true for cases of domestic abuse. “I am disappointed to find that almost a quarter of reported violent crimes are not properly recorded. This is of serious concern as it can prevent victims receiving the support they need and deserve, and prevent offenders being brought to justice.” She said she is encouraged the force has taken immediate steps to address her concerns. View On Police Oracle
'We hope this will reduce sickness and improve levels of resilience across the organisation'. Chief Constable Bill Skelly Lincolnshire Police officers and staff are to have the right to two extra days paid leave in order to help their health and wellbeing. The move, which was revealed by Police Oracle while in the planning stages last year, has now been confirmed as policy. A statement from the force said: “Recent surveys have shown that those involved in policing are regularly working longer hours than they are obliged to, that the incidents and pressures they face are taking a greater toll on them, and that the ability to recover is being compromised by the current shift patterns. “In an attempt to improve how they cope with these significant demands, the chief constable and force have decided to introduce two additional days per year to be used to nurture the personal wellbeing of officers and staff.” The statement also refers to the move helping to improve "spiritual wellbeing". Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “By encouraging our staff to take time to look after themselves I believe that we can make an improvement to how they feel at work. "We hope that this will help to reduce sickness and improve levels of resilience across the organisation.” The idea has been dubbed "yoga days" by The Sun newspaper. View On Police Oracle