|Leicestershire Police Crest|
|Motto||Protecting our communities|
|Formed||1839, 1967 (merger)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Leicestershire, Leicester, Rutland, UK|
|Map of Leicestershire Police's jurisdiction.|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible||Sir Clive Loader, (C)|
|Agency executive||Simon Cole, Chief Constable|
|Local policing units||15|
|* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The current Chief Constable is Simon Cole.
Leicestershire Police was formed in 1839. In 1951 it amalgamated with Rutland Constabulary to form Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary and in 1967 merged with Leicester City Police to form Leicester and Rutland Constabulary. After the Local Government Act 1972 came into force in 1974 it was renamed Leicestershire Constabulary. In 2012 it changed to Leicestershire Police to be 'in keeping with modern policing'.
In 1965, Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary had an establishment of 748 officers and an actual strength of 659.
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. These plans were dropped in 2007.
Local Policing Units
The local policing units for Leicestershire Police are as follows:
- City Centre - Belgrave Gate
- Spinney Hill Park (in the Highfields) - Formerly known as Asfordby Street
- Welford Road
- Hinckley Road
- Beaumont Leys
- Keyham Lane
- North West Leicestershire
- Oadby and Wigston
Officers killed in the line of duty
The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.
The following officers of Leicestershire Police are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:
- PCs Bryan Reginald Moore and Andrew Carl Munn, 2002 (fatally injured when their vehicle was rammed during a police pursuit)
- Sergeant Brian Dawson, 1975 (shot dead upon arrival at reports of a man firing into the street)
- PC William Adiel Wilkinson, 1903 (shot dead in ambush by men who bore police a grudge)
- PC Thomas George Barrett, 1886 (beaten to death by a man he spoke to about non-payment of a fine)
- Mercedes Benz Sprinter
- VW Crafter
- Ford Transit
- Ford Focus
- Vauxhall Astra
- BMW X1 - rural policing
- BMW 5 Series
- BMW X5
Roads Policing Unit
The roads policing unit drive BMW 5 series estates and BMW X5s. They also have a number of BMW motorcycles.
- black or blue operational shirt for front line officers
- white operational shirt for senior officers and ceremonial use
- peaked cap or PCSO flat cap (male officers)
- Custodian helmet
- Pathfinder cap (female officers)
- reflective protective body armour vest
- The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
- "Politics | Police forces 'to be cut to 24'". BBC News. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- Official website
- Day in the life of Chief Constable Simon Cole from BBC Radio Leicester
- Leicestershire Constabulary Roll of Honour