Leicestershire Police Crest
|Motto||Protecting our communities|
|Formed||1839, 1967 (merger)|
|Operations jurisdiction||Leicestershire, Leicester, Rutland, UK|
|Map of Leicestershire Police's jurisdiction.|
|Sworn members||2,089 (of which 304 are Special Constables)|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible|
|Local policing units||15|
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.
In 2015 the force attempted to carry out a covert CCTV face recognition surveillance operation at the Download Festival, in which festival-goers would have their faces compared with a database of custody images, and only informed about the surveillance afterwards. The operation was inadvertently revealed in the magazine Police Oracle before the festival took place.
Local Policing Units
The local policing units for Leicestershire Police are as follows:
- City Centre - Mansfield House
- Spinney Hill Park (in the Highfields) - Formerly known as Asfordby Street
- Hinckley Road
- Beaumont Leys
- Keyham Lane
- North West Leicestershire
- Oadby and Wigston
- Ford V8 Pilot (1949–53)
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- VW Crafter
- Ford Transit
- Ford Focus
- Vauxhall Astra
- BMW X1
- BMW 5 Series
- BMW X5
- Toyota Hi-Lux
- Ford S-Max
- As well as various other marked and unmarked vehicles
- Lee–Enfield .303 and Webley & Scott .38 (police special) 1939–45.
- Heckler & Koch G36
- Heckler & Koch MP5
- Glock 17
- X26 Taser
Roads Policing Unit
The roads policing unit drive marked BMW 5 series estates and BMW X5s. They have various unmarked Skodas, Audis, and BMWs. They also have a number of Yamaha motorcycles.
- Black operational shirt for Constables and a blue operational shirt for PCSOs
- White operational shirt for senior officers and ceremonial use
- Peaked cap or PCSO flat cap (male officers)
- Custodian helmet being replaced by a baseball style bump cap
- Pathfinder cap (female officers) being replaced by a baseball style bump cap
- Reflective or black protective body armour vest
Chief Constables of Leicestershire have been
- 1839–1876: Frederick Goodyer (first Chief Constable of Leicestershire)
- 1876–1889: Captain Roland Vincent Sylvester Grimston
- 1889–1928: Edward Holmes
- 1928–1949: Major Cecil Eagles Lynch-Blosse
- 1950–1972: John A Taylor
- 1972–1986: Alan Goodson
- 1986–1993: Michael John Hirst
- 1993–1997: Sir Keith Povey (knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours)
- 1997–2001: David Wyrko
- 2001–2010: Sir Matthew Baggott (knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours)
- 2010–: Simon Cole
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).
- Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner
- List of police forces in the United Kingdom
- Policing in the United Kingdom
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- "About Us". Leicestershire Police. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- "Chief Constable". Leicestershire Police. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- "Police force slammed for 'pointless' name change". Leicester Mercury. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
- "Police forces 'to be cut to 24'". BBC News. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
- Martin, Alexander J. (11 June 2015). "Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE". The Register. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Police display their 'new look'". Enderby Eye. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Pinecrest[dead link]
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- Clifford R. Stanley. "A centenary tribute to Frederick Goodyer, Leicester's first Chief Constable 1836-1876" (PDF). Leicestershire Archeological and Historical Society. Retrieved 15 June 2018 – via University of Leicester.
- "Part of your community for 180 years" (PDF). Leicestershire Police. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "Leicestershire Constabulary and the former constituent forces". Police Roll of Honour Trust. Retrieved 21 January 2017.