Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police

Logo of the Lincolnshire Police
Agency overview
Annual budget £108.6
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Lincolnshire (excl. N. and N. E. Lincs), UK
Map of Lincolnshire Police's jurisdiction.
Size 5,921 km²
Population 750,000
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Nettleham, Lincoln
Sworn members

1,100, 200 Special Constables and 149 PCSO's

Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Marc Jones
Agency executive Neil Rhodes, Chief Constable
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Lincolnshire Police is the territorial police force covering the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands of England. Despite the name, the force's area does not include North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, which are covered by Humberside Police instead.

In terms of geographic area the force is one of the largest in the United Kingdom covering 2,284 square miles. The population of the area covered by the force is 731,500 . As of 2010 the force currently employs over 2,500 people. As at May 2016, there were 1,100 police officers, 200 Special Constables and 149 PCSO's. [2]


Lincolnshire Constabulary was formed in 1856 under the County and Borough Police Act 1856.[3] Several other borough police forces used to exist in the county, but these were eventually combined with the Lincolnshire force. Under the Police Act 1946, Boston Borough Police and Grantham Borough Police were merged, while Lincoln City Police and Grimsby Borough Police were absorbed under the Police Act 1964. Lincolnshire lost part of its area to the new Humberside Police in 1974.

In 1965, the force had an establishment of 918 officers and an actual strength of 883.[4]

Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 20 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with the other four East Midlands forces to form a strategic police force for the entire region.[5] These proposals were ended by John Reid in June 2006.[6] The police authority received £287,600 from the Home Office for costs of preparing the ill-fated merger.

In 2008 the Lincolnshire Police Authority experienced a funding crisis. The authority claimed that the central government grant was insufficient to provide efficient policing in Lincolnshire, due to the unfavourable working of the formula used by the government to assess police grants. The authority decided to reduce the shortfall by making a 79% increase in its precept (the portion of Council Tax payable to the Police Authority). The government then announced its intention to "cap" this demand, resulting in a net 26% increase.[7]

In 2015 the constabulary hit controversy when an officer threatened to confiscate four-year-old girl's bike on way to school because she was cycling on pavement. The girl burst into tears, however children under 10 cannot be charged with committing a crime and official guidelines from 1999 state that fines are not aimed at those using pavements out of "fear of traffic". The force was later forced to apologise.[8]

District structure

The Chief Constable is Neil Rhodes. Lincolnshire Police has an establishment of about 1,100 police officers. The force has just had major changes to its organisation; divisions have gone and front line officers are organised into Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT)[9] and Response (area cars).[10] Previously there were 3 "divisions" (West, East, & South) with Lincoln, Skegness, and Grantham hosting the divisional headquarters of each. The county is now divided into four "districts" for the purposes of policing.[11] This as of 1 June 2011. These are Lincoln & West Lindsey (covering Lincoln, Gainsborough, Market Rasen), North & South Kesteven (covering Grantham, Sleaford, North Hykeham, Bracebridge Heath, Market Deeping, Bourne and Stamford), Coast & Wolds (covering Skegness, Mablethorpe, Louth and Horncastle), Boston & South Holland (covering Boston, Spalding, Holbeach, and Sutton Bridge). These areas effectively pair 2 district/borough council areas to one policing district.

The force currently has round the clock armed response vehicles manned by Roads Policing Officers (RPU). Front line officers in Lincolnshire also carry Taser electronic incapacitating devices. These use electricity to cause neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) to render subjects incapable of free bodily movement for a short period of time whilst the device is operating. Taser is carried in addition to PAVA incapacitant spray. Officers previously used CS spray, however this was removed from service due to it being flammable (if used in conjunction with a Taser it could set alight). PAVA is a non flammable spray liquid.

Officers from Lincolnshire are also detached to EMSOU, East Midlands Special Operations unit. The force has its own underwater search unit that consists of one part-time team of around ten officers and this unit is based permanently at the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters.[12]

Other departments

As with all police forces, Lincolnshire Police has many specialist departments aside from the officers and PCSOs that respond initially to calls from the public.[13] These include the Roads Policing Unit (who also form the force's firearms response), Dog section, Public Protection Unit (including specialist sexual offences officers), Scenes Of Crime, Custody suites, and the Force Control Room. In addition to this are other support departments such as IT and HR.

Officers and Police Staff forming these departments are based across the county, but most having their main office at Force Headquarters in Nettleham.

Lincolnshire Police operates a Special Constabulary that has approximately 200 officers from the rank of Special Constable to Special Chief Officer. Officers are based throughout the county out of local police stations. Lincolnshire Special Constabulary also has offices deployed in specialist units such as wildlife crime. As of May 2016 Lincolnshire Special Constabulary is recruiting. [14]

Chief Officers


See also

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  2. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
  5. "Police forces 'to be cut to 24'". BBC News. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  6. "Reid delays police merger plans". BBC News. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  7. "Council tax rebate is confirmed". BBC News Online. BBC. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  12. Lincolnshire Police Underwater Search Unit
  14. "Apply now to become a special constable". Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  15. Report of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary for the Year Ended 30th September 1957 (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office), 1958, p. 6. Previously Chief Constable, Leeds.
  16. Wickstead, Arthur (1978), Lincolnshire, Lindsey: The Story of a County (Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts), p. 154
  17. Supplement to the London Gazette, 1 January 1967 (issue 44210), p. 12
  18. Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for the Year 1983 (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office), 1984, appendix 6, p. 80
  19. Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 December 1984 (issue 49969), p. 26
  20. "Birthdays", The Guardian, 10 September 1994, p. 30
  21. Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 December 1986 (issue 50764), p. 24
  22. He was the "new Chief Constable" in: "Volunteers Cop Frightened Boy and Binliners", The Guardian, 5 February 1994, p. 7. He was set to retired in May 1998, see Watson-Smyth, Kate (Chief constable faces inquiry over evidence at inspector's tribunal", The Independent. His successor was appointed the following month, see Bennetto, Jason ( "Pay-out to victimised woman inspector", The Independent.
  23. Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 December 1992 (issue 53153), p. 26
  24. Watson-Smyth, Kate (Chief constable faces inquiry over evidence at inspector's tribunal", The Independent.
  25. Bennetto, Jason ( "Pay-out to victimised woman inspector", The Independent.
  26. Lincolnshire Police Authority Appoints New Chief Constable Lincolnshire Police Authority
  27. "Profile: Mark Byford". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  28. History of the International Police Association
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