Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) Assessment
Nottinghamshire is home to 1.1m people, a third of who live in Nottingham city. There, the make-up is culturally and ethnically diverse with more than one in three citizens’ non-white British.1 More than 15% of the city’s population has only lived in the UK since 1991.1
The population is further swelled by 45,000 university students. Their integration into residential areas, awareness of crime prevention, ASB, and their impact on the city’s vibrant night-time economy, present their own challenges.
The county’s economy features major global companies but unemployment is above the national average2 and there are areas of intense social deprivation, including former coalfields in the county and wards within the city. Nottingham is ranked 20th out of 326 districts in England in the Indices Of Deprivation (IOD) by the DCLG.3
In 2013/14 the force answered more than 1million phone calls, recording 68,514 crimes. A key theme now is to reduce demand and reoffending through a partnership approach to early intervention and prevention.
The force is also committed to lowering violent crime through the development of an alcohol strategy, reduce ASB by 50% and tackle domestic abuse, which accounts for 41% of all recorded violence.
Significant reductions in funding have meant £43m has been saved since 2010 while a further £30m fall is expected by 2020. 4 The national funding formula also disadvantages Nottinghamshire by some £12m each year.
To meet this challenge Nottinghamshire has redesigned the way it operates, pursuing a number of collaborative opportunities with neighbouring forces in major crime investigation, forensics, criminal justice and specialist operational support.
Increased collaboration with local partners has also grown, such as the integrated service in Nottingham with the city council’s Community Protection.
Alongside this is a commitment to put the public’s needs at the heart of everything it does and promise to ‘be there when you need us.’
Sources of information to verify the statement:
- Source 1: Census 2010
- Source 2: Office of National Statistics
- Source 3: Department for Communities and Local Government.
- Source 4: Force statistics