In terms of geographic area, Lincolnshire Police is one of the largest forces in the United Kingdom covering 2,284 square miles. The population of the area covered is approximately 646,000.

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For all non-emergency calls contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300
Grantham police station: (01476) 402222
Stamford police station: (01780) 752222
Spalding police station: (01775) 722233
Bourne police station: (01778) 394892
Crimestoppers: 0800 555111

Doorstep Callers 
Two separate incidents have recently occurred, when an uninvited caller has knocked at the door of residential properties in Boston.

1) Incident 210 of 06/10/14
On Monday, 06/10/14 at 13:40 hrs in the area of Laval Place, Boston a female knocked at the door of a dwelling, asking to use the toilet and if she could have a drink.

Description: Female, white, 20's - 30 yrs, stocky build, 5'4", with dark hair, wearing a big coat. A purse was missing from the property. 

2) Incident 236 of 07/10/14
On Tuesday, 07/10/14 at approx 1200 hrs in the area of Freiston Road, Boston a sneak-in burglary occurred when a young female called at a house and asked for a drink.  Cash was stolen from inside the property.

Description : Female, white, plump/stout build, 20's to 30 yrs, wearing a woolly hat and florescent jacket.  Riding a bicycle.  

If you notice any suspicious person(s) or vehicle, or have any information relating to the incidents shown, please contact Lincolnshire Police Tel 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency) quoting incident number 210 of 06/10/14 or 236 of 07/10/14. 

Thank you.

Community Remedy Consultation
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick has today launched a public consultation on new powers which will help tackle low-level anti-social behaviour. The new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has introduced a Community Remedy Document designed to offer victims a say in how they feel low-level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with. This consultation gives you the chance to provide your view on what options should be included in the document. Commenting on the survey launch PCC Alan Harwick said: "As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, victims are a key focus of my work.  The new powers brought in under the Anit-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 will provide more effective methods for police to tackle anti-social behaviour and get the best possible outcomes for victims.  This consultation provides an opportunity for the Lincolnshire public to have a say on what measures they feel are most appropriate in tackling low level anti-social behaviour and crime, allowing them to be truly involved in the process." For further details and to take part in the consultation please allow the link below: The consultation will be open until Tuesday 26th August 2014.

Lincolnshire police are launching their summer drink and drug drive campaign. 1st June 2014. This is part of the national campaign working directly with officers from the Nottingham Force as part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.Members of the public will be able to report a drink driver they know using a short code SMS text service. Simply text the word 'DRINK' to 80800 with details of the vehicle, where the person will be drinking and when. Police officers will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the Courts.
This is only to be used for non-emergency cases. If members of the public see a drink/drug driver actually driving, they should treat it as an emergency and call 999. With a long hot summer forecast drivers are reminded that police will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day including the mornings.
With the use of FIT (Field Impairment Test) officers will be testing drivers for the effects of drugs as well as drink during this campaign.

Lincolnshire Police is recruiting Volunteer PCSOs.

This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers who want to be part of Lincolnshire Police: carrying out the role of the PCSO on a voluntary basis; supporting Police Officers, Special Constables and PCSO colleagues.

The hours are flexible to fit around your commitments; in return we ask that you contribute at least 4 hours a week after initial training. 

If you or anyone you know, would like to make a real difference and give something back to your local community, learn new skills or simply improve your CV visit our Website for more information and to download an application form:

Now the festive season is nearly over, you will no doubt be putting out all your Christmas rubbish. Please be aware that what you put out can be seen by offenders looking for their next property to hit. Make it as difficult as possible and place everything in nondescript bags. Have a safe New Years Eve and all the best for 2014. PCSO Paul Coupland

9 December 2013

News from Spalding Estates Neighbourhood Team

Over the weekend of the 30th November a person or a group of people removed badges and caused damage to vehicles mainly around the Bourne Road, Pennygate and Hannam Boulevard areas in Spalding. There has been over 20 incidents reported so if anybody was in the area that evening or has any information regarding these incidents that will help with the police’s enquiries then please can you contact them on the Lincolnshire Police non emergency number which is 101 quoting incident 130 of 01/12/13. Any information will be welcomed. You may have friends or family that live in this area so the police are asking that you spread the word.
3 December 2013
Drinking and Driving? Don’t wreck Christmas!
You may think you are fit to drive, but have you thought of the following?
The body processes alcohol at around one unit per hour. The following factors have to be considered:Age
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Body mass
  • General Health
  • Metabolism
  • What sort of alcohol you are drinking
  • Stress levels
  • What you have eaten
  • Health of your liver
  • It is almost impossible to be certain that you are fit to drive if you have consumed alcohol.
Have you considered what is at risk when deciding to drink and drive?

  • Banned from driving, and it stays on your licence for 11 years
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • You will have to apply to get your licence re-instated
  • You may have problems hiring a vehicle in the future
  • If you drive for work your employer will see your conviction
  • You may be denied access to some countries, like the USA
Could you do your job without a licence?
Can you keep up mortgage payments without a job?
If you are found to be drunk in charge of a vehicle you could be fined & sent to prison for 3 months
If you are found driving whilst drunk you could be faced with 6 months in prison and a £5000 fine
You could be sent to prison for 14 years for causing the death of someone else
Penalties are determined by the Magistrates or Judge, are dependent on your personal circumstances, and whether you are a newly qualified driver or a repeat offender.
Don't Drink and Drive this Christmas
Tis the season to be jolly, Drink and Drive and yule be sorry!

25 November 2013
Don't Get Dumped On..... It Will Cost You
Don’t Become A Victim...
There are teams of criminals that operate in your area who will offer cash to store waste on your land.  They promise to come back and remove it but don't and you will be left with waste that may contaminate your land.  What's more, you will probably have to pay to have it lawfully removed.
Don’t Become A Criminal...
You may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored your land without the relevant permissions, which could leave you liable to prosecution.
Do Tell Us...
If you are approached to store waste for someone else, or suspect that this is occurring in your area contact the Environment Agency immediately. Call the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties.  It can damage the environment and blight communities.  The Environment Agency is cracking down on waste crime and taking tough action to deal with criminal behaviour.

For more information on waste crime please visit website:
21 November 2013

Becoming a Police Community Support Officer

Click here to view a booklet with more information

14 November 2013

Insp. Jim Tyner's 8 Reasons to be a Special Constable

Spalding’s top policeman has come up with eight good reasons why people should join the town’s special constabulary.
Specials have played a vital role in policing Lincolnshire for hundreds of years.
Insp Tyner, who started his own career as a volunteer Special Constable, said: “Specials have a long tradition of public service and I am incredibly proud of those we currently have working within South Holland."
Here are his eight reasons you might want to join:
* Marc Fowler is a customer service manager by day, but in his spare time Special Sergeant Fowler is a diligent and contentious supervisor.
Not only does he commit a large amount of his spare time to supervising his Special Constables, he consistently displays professionalism, determination, dedication and attention to detail.
* Self-employed legal advisor Steve Harrington has been a Special at Holbeach for 14 months.
Last year Marc and Steve were on duty together when they responded to a report of a man making threats to cause damage in the Holbeach area.
These volunteers were the first to arrive at the scene. They discovered a man sat in a vehicle. While the officers were talking to the man, he took hold of a home-made petrol bomb and attempted to ignite it with a lighter.
Both unhesitatingly took hold of the man, restrained him and prevented him igniting or throwing the bomb.
Both officers subsequently received a commendation for their actions.
* Workshop controller Victoria Poultney joined the Specials in 2011. Victoria often works on Friday and Saturday nights. When many of us are tucked up in bed, Victoria supports her colleagues policing outside the pubs and nightclubs in Spalding town centre.
* Purchasing manager Brendan O’Leary is often seen patrolling Spalding Market and the town centre on Saturdays. He has been walking this beat for nine years, using his local knowledge and policing experience to add to the sense of well-being in the town.
* Estate agent Tom Waltham has recently been confirmed in rank. This means that after successfully completing his probation he can patrol on his own.
* Lewis Putman is an emergency services dispatcher and has been a Special for three years. He regularly performs duties with PCSOs in the town centre. Recently he has been working on Operation Trunk, tackling street drinkers in Spalding.
* Alex Irving is a call taker and one of our newest Specials, joining in late 2012. Alex regularly gives many hours assisting the community patrol teams in Spalding.
* Darren Sutton is the manager of a shop in Spalding town centre, but also the Special Inspector in charge of South Holland’s Specials. He has recently completed 11 years’ voluntary public service.
Insp Tyner added: “The hard work and selfless dedication of all our Special Constables across South Holland shows that this is exactly what they are: something special.”
8 November 2013

Special Constabulary Recruitment Event, Spalding

Becoming a volunteer Special Constable is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, whilst at the same time developing your personal skills and experiences.

Special Constables have played a vital role in the policing of Lincolnshire for hundreds of years and we are very proud of the serving Specials we currently have working within our County. These people are so valuable to us that we are seeking more. Could you be our next Special?

Steve Woodcock, Special Chief Officer, said: "As a Special Constable, there is a chance to meet people from a variety of backgrounds in an even wider range of situations.  Officers learn much about human nature, teamwork, and increase their ability to cope with the unexpected."

Special Constables are part of the local policing team, and voluntarily work alongside officers of the regular force, and with other experienced Specials. 

Training on appointment involves an induction course at the Force Headquarters in Nettleham, followed by an ongoing training programme delivered on a local basis.

To be eligible for appointment as a Special Constable, you must be over the age of 18.  Please click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria for becoming a Special Constable.

To find out more about the role, and to give you an opportunity to speak to people currently serving within the Special Constabulary, a recruitment event is being held at Spalding Police Station on Thursday 14 November 2013 starting at 7pm.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact the HR Resourcing and Succession Planning Team in order to book a space either by telephone on 01522 558235, or by email at

7 November 2013

Rural Crime Prevention Awareness Day
Thursday 14 November 8.30am – 4.30pm
Doubleday's, Holbeach St John’s

This is primarily aimed at farmers and small holders however it also encompasses everyone with an interest in rural affairs.

PCSO Harrington, PCSO Cripps and Crime Reduction Officer, Ian Greenshields, will be on hand to offer advice about crime reduction initiatives such as Smartwater, and information will be available on the community messaging service, Lincs Alert, which includes Farm & Country Business Watch and Horse Watch.

PC Nick Willey, Lincolnshire Police’s Wildlife Liaison Officer, will also be in attendance and he will be joined by representatives of Operation Galileo, the Force’s initiative to tackle hare coursing.

Doubleday will be providing a display tractor, enabling officers to demonstrate CESAR datatag security devices, and members of the Arson Task Force will be dropping in between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Representatives from the National Farmers Union will also be attending from 9am – 11am.

Community Policing Sergeant for Holbeach and the Suttons, Amy Whiffen, said, “Lincolnshire and its neighbouring counties are large rural areas and farmers and rural communities can be affected by very specific types of crime as well as those offences that affect urban areas. There is evidence to suggest that rural crime is largely planned, rather than opportunist, so communities can really help by working together with their local police to make farms, rural properties and villages less attractive to criminals”.
23 September 2013

Your Local Policing Team
Chief Inspector Paul Timmins
Paul is the Chief Inspector for Boston and South Holland
Jim Tyner
Jim is the Community Policing Inspector for Spalding
PC Paul Smith
Paul joined the police force in October 1988 and transferred to Lincolnshire police force in April 1997 and was based at Boston police station, but moved to Spalding within a few months where he is still stationed. When he first joined he was placed in the response and patrol team, dealing with incidents as they were called in. He is now the Community Beat Manager for the Spalding Town Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PCSO Lisa Waterfall
Lisa started work as a PCSO in November 2009. She completed her eight week training period at Boston police station. After she had finished the training she was posted to Spalding police station. Lisa has been part of the town centre beat team from January 2010.
She has been raised in the area so knows the area well and a lot of its residents.
PCSO Zara Nacheva
Zara started her service with Lincolnshire Police in February 2007 as a Police Community Support Officer, based atSpalding Police station. Initially, she was part of the North Rural NPT and covered a large rural area between Spalding and Donington. In March 2008 she started a secondment with the UK Border Agency for 18 months, based in London. She returned to Spalding Police Station during December 2009 where she began operational duties on the Spalding Estates NPT. Using her linguistic skills she has been able to engage with minority groups and increasing their confidence in reporting issues and passing on intelligence regarding criminal behaviour. Zara has also helped out with a large number of investigations by being able to speak to witnesses in their native tongue and bringing about solutions to problems quickly and effectively. Her current job role involves visible patrol, engaging with communities and working on beat priorities, including responding to incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.
PCSO Paul Coupland
Paul joined Lincolnshire Police in September 2003 as a Police Community Support Officer. Being one of the first in the area and the fact that the role was still in its infancy, Paul covered the whole of the sector with very little supervision. In January 2005 Paul left the force and started work as a prison officer at HMP Peterborough.
However he decided he was happier in his role as a PCSO and re-joined the force in November 2005 and was assigned to Spalding Estates.
PCSO Ryan Ellis
While in education Ryan joined Lincolnshire Police in 2002 as a Volunteer Police Cadet. This involved learning about the job structure and rolls within the police service. He also represented Lincolnshire Police in a number of Cadet competitions held at both the Metropolitan training Headquarters at Hendon, and Lincolnshire Police headquarters in Lincoln, which consisted in both Police role-plays (as the student officers now partake in) and drill sequences. When Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT's) were introduced in 2004, he became involved in working with the Bourne NPT assisting in both operational and admin duties. On 26th November 2007, Ryan started his Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) training. He was stationed in Spalding and began operational duties on the Spalding North Rural NPT on 24th December 2007. Within his role in the North Rural NPT he covered a large rural area which included all villages between Spalding and Donington. Since September 2008 he has been on the Spalding Estates NPT where he is responsible for the St Paul's ward and Springfield's shopping outlet.  Ryan's job role within the Estates varies from engagement activities to responding to incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.
PCSO Kimberly Marlowe
Kim has worked for Lincolnshire Police for five years as a Police Community Support Officer. She started at Boston Police Station and moved to Spalding Police Station two and a half years ago. She currently works as part of Spalding Estates NPT. There are many different aspects to Kim's role. These include engaging with the community, dealing with neighbourhood priorities, attending RTC's and attending school. Every day is different and you never know what is going to happen from one hour to the next.
PC Craig Lockton
Craig started his policing career with the Metropolitan Police in January 1999. He transferred to Lincolnshire Police in 2003. In February 2006 he undertook a week long tutor constable course at South Division Headquarters. He has tutored three probationer constables and joined the Neighbourhood Policing Team in January 2010. Craig has responsibility, as Community Beat Manager, for the Spalding Estates Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PCSO Colin Abbotts
Colin joined Lincolnshire Police as a PCSO in 2007. His first posting was to Spalding South Rural NPT where he worked for one year.Colin has been posted to Spalding Rural North beat area for the last two years, predominantly covering the main villages of Gosberton, Quadring and Donington.
PCSO Sally Pusey
Sally joined Lincolnshire Police in 2009 and after training was posted to Spalding Rural North NPT. She has been working in the beat area for two years predominantly covering the main villages of Pinchbeck, West Pinchbeck and Surfleet.
PCSO Adam Davis
Adam joined Lincolnshire Police in February 2007. After completing initial training PCSO Davis joined the Spalding South rural beat team, which includes Crowland, Deeping St Nicholas and Tongue End in March 2007.
PCSO Kirsty Taylor
Kirsty has been working as a PCSO for two years and eight months, working one year in Holbeach and the remaining time on a specialised Neighbourhood Action Team working around the south of the county. After working on the Neighbourhood Action Team, Kirsty came back to the South Holland area and worked alongside the
Spalding South Rural Team. Within the last couple of moths Kirsty has become a member of the Spalding Estates Neighbourhood Policing Team and is thoroughly enjoying getting herself known within the close community.
PC Ian Coulson
Ian joined Lincolnshire Police in 1997, and has undertaken a variety of roles whilst within the Service. He has been a response driver covering the areas of Boston, Holbeach and Spalding. He has also been a Rural Beat officer for Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge. Ian then changed roles and became a member of the Rural Task Force, whereby he was involved in a variety of major incidents, and pro-active operations. Ian is now the Community Beat Manager for the Spalding Rural North and Spalding Rural South Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
PC Robert Jones
Bob joined Lincolnshire Police working at Grantham initially before moving to Spalding and then Holbeach.
PC Jones is the Community Beat Manager for the Holbeach Town and Rural area.
PCSO Tracy Mason
Tracy joined Lincolnshire police on 30th March 2009 and joined Holbeach Town & Rural policing team on 1st September 2012, having moved from Spalding NPT where she had been a member since 2009. Before she joined Lincolnshire police she worked at a local secondary school. Tracy worked as a midday supervisor and this means that she has a lot of experience with young people. Though Tracy can be seen in any of the team’s area, her primary beat is the Holbeach and Whaplode area of the beat and the issues that are raised there.
PCSO Jane Gardner
Jane joined Lincolnshire Police in 2006 as a PCSO based in Holbeach. She is a local woman. Her previous jobs were desk based so she welcomed the change of role as every day is different.Though Jane can be seen in any of the team’s area, her primary beat is the Holbeach and Whaplode area of the beat and the issues that are raised there.

PCSO Ian Cripps
Ian joined Lincolnshire police as a PCSO in March of 2008. Ian moved to the Holbeach area in 2004 after living in Hampshire most of his adult life. He now patrols the Holbeach Town & Rural neighbourhood policing teams area on a daily basis. Though Ian can be seen in any of the team’s area, his primary beat is the rural area of the beat and the issues that are raised there

12 September 2013

1000 Volunteer Challenge

You may have heard in the local media about the 1000 Volunteer Challenge:
Alan Hardwick, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, set the police the challenge of recruiting 1000 volunteers to support and enhance their work in the community. As part of this project, we are holding a number of local consultation events:  Lincolnshire Police are keen to hear from residents and community organisations how they would like to see us create new volunteering roles which will meet the needs and concerns of local residents, and that will free officers up for more specialist policing tasks. We are also keen to create roles that will make volunteering with the police accessible to a more diverse team of volunteers. Examples of the roles arising from the consultation process and currently being piloted include Bilingual Community Enquiry Volunteer and Station Support Volunteer, to assist with missing persons enquiries.
23 August 2013

Martin Green (Police, CBM NC36 Sleaford Rural South, Sleaford Station)

Tractor Theft

It has been noted that over the last couple of weeks in the Sleaford area two MF 135 tractors have been targeted by criminals with one having its mudguards and bonnet stolen from a field at Helpringham overnight 6-7/08/213 and the other a complete MF135 being stolen from a barn at Silk Willoughby overnight 20-21/08/2013.

Both offences occurred overnight with no suspects known.

If you are aware of a person that may have been showing some interest in MF135 tractors in and around Lincs please contact me personally with any information that you may well have. it is possible that these have been stolen to order to rebuild another tractor or sell on. Farm sales etc are being checked however with the Internet it is not always possible to research fully.

Finally, a plea to all tractor owners, photograph your property to assist recovery, record all relevant details of your property, and attempt to keep it secure.

Report anything that you think may be suspicious as if it looks suspicious it will be suspicious

Martin Green 07939312651 
15 August 2013

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes
Lincolnshire Police Corporate Communications HQ Press Office

“I have been handed a copy of Sir Peter Fahy’s report by the Policing and Crime Commissioner.  I am very grateful to Sir Peter for a thorough and comprehensive investigation and lam naturally delighted that I have been completely exonerated in relation to all aspects of the conduct allegation.
I have sought over the last six months to maintain a dignified silence, safe in the knowledge that I knew that there was never any substance in the spurious allegation. I do not intend to depart from this approach, and wish simply to get on with my job of working with the Commissioner to provide effective and improving policing for our County of Lincolnshire.
When the Commissioner decides to recruit a permanent Chief Constable I can confirm that it is my intention to apply for the position.
The past few months have been unusually challenging. I’ve been really grateful for the incredible support of my wife, our children and my close friends. The family that is Lincolnshire Police have been really strong in their encouragement and support. If I was surprised by the support of the professional community across the county who work with the police, I was simply humbled by the many, many messages I received, and continue to receive, from ordinary members of the public who I have never met. I just can’t thank all of you enough. It inspires me to work harder for you all.
Following the Judicial review decision, the Commissioner and I resolved that we must draw a line beneath this matter, for the good of Lincolnshire, and demonstrate that we could work together productively and positively.
Strong Performance
In the months since then, together, we have delivered really strong policing performance, well ahead of the national trend reductions in crime, balanced the financial budgets forthe next two years in very challenging circumstances — and made sure we can sustain 1100 police officers across the county. We continue to work closely and comfortably together.
We now take the fight for a fair share of police funding to Westminster, where in the year ahead we will be working hard together to persuade government that this innovative, progressive force represents a benchmark for good practice and needs to be properly supported.
I’m at my desk for the rest of this week, and then I’m away for a family break on the south coast. The Commissioner and have a number of ‘meet the public’ events across the county in future weeks, and a recruitment drive. We will be shortly taking a Lroadshow around the county as part of our recruitment of 40 officers to sustain our numbers. And, that is really good news!

Senior Officer Changes
Over recent years we have worked hard to develop a real pool of talent at senior management level. We’ve just seen Alec Wood promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Cambridgeshire Police. That’s really good news for Alec. ACC Keith Smy, a very experienced officer, now steps into the deputy’s role alongside me and Chief Superintendent Lee Freeman, currently in charge of the western side of the county takes on the assistant chief constable role for local policing. With Heather Roach as ACC for Operations and Crime, I’m well supported and really confident in the skills and abilities of my senior team, who are firmly grounded and experienced in the needs of this county.”

15 August 2013

Alan Hardwick - The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire

Investigation highlights need for clarity of role of police staff association; inconsistent evidence is a factor in allegation being unproven
In February 2013, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire received an allegation about the conduct of Neil Rhodes, Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police.  The Commissioner and the Independent Police Complaints Commission determined that the allegation required investigation.  Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police, was asked to carry out an independent investigation on the Commissioner’s behalf.  That report has concluded that no proof has been found to substantiate the allegation and Sir Peter recommends the misconduct allegation against Mr Rhodes be formally withdrawn. 
The investigation team concluded that Mr Rhodes did not exceed the intended boundaries or scope of a CPOSA (Chief Police Officers Staff Association) “friend” as he properly understood them.  However Sir Peter recommends that CPOSA on behalf of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and in consultation with national Police and Crime Commissioners’ representation agree a written protocol and clear definition of the role of CPOSA friends in employment grievance and other similar cases.  Such a protocol should specifically assist with clarity around many of the issues highlighted in this case for example: without prejudice conversations, appropriate negotiating channels and conflicts of interest.
Mr Hardwick said, “I wish to express my thanks to Sir Peter for a thorough investigation.  His recommendations are the right ones.  I am pleased that we are able to bring what has been an unwanted and unwelcome distraction for the Chief Constable and me to a conclusion.  We will both now be able to continue to focus fully on the business of policing Lincolnshire. I also want to express my thanks to Chief Constable Rhodes for the professionalism he has displayed throughout what has been a difficult period.  I look forward to continuing our successful working relationship.” 
“Elsewhere in the public service we have seen what happens when investigations are not carried out.  In this case, the allegation was so serious that Sir Peter confirmed in his severity assessment it would have amounted to misconduct if proven.  I therefore had no choice but to investigate it.  I remain troubled by the nature of the allegation and that it has not been possible for the investigating officer to determine exactly what happened in a private conversation between two highly regarded and credible professionals in the policing world.  This was exacerbated by significant inconsistencies in the evidence.”
“On Sir Peter’s final recommendation, there are issues of national concern here.  It is absolutely right that there needs to be clarity around what Police Officers can and cannot do in circumstances such as those that formed the basis of this allegation.  This has to be right for the officers involved and also for the public. Much has been said of late about standards in the police service, notably by the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Committee on Standards in Public Life.  The College of Policing are, at the request of the Home Secretary, carrying out welcome work to develop a single code of ethics for the service and I hope this will helpfully inform a clear definition of the role of CPOSA friend.  I am also pleased to announce that the College will be conducting on my behalf an open, fair and transparent recruitment process for a permanent Chief Constable for Lincolnshire.  I have made it clear to Mr Rhodes that I would welcome his participation in that process.”
25 July 2013

Police breathalyse more than 100,000 drivers in just four weeks and find the percentage of those failing is dropping

A nationwide police operation to tackle drink and drug driving has found the percentage of those failing breath tests has fallen, despite officers carrying out nearly 18,000 more tests compared with 2012.
The ACPO anti-drink and drug driving campaign ran throughout the month of June and tasked officers across the country with breathalysing more drivers.
A total of 100,892 drivers were tested last month, compared with 83,224 in June 2012.
Out of those, a total of 5,170 failed the test last month, while 4,857 failed in June 2012.
The campaign was aimed at tackling those under 25 and day-time drinkers who were attending barbeques or weekend events. There was a slight drop in the number of drivers under 25 who failed, from 1,327 in June 2012 to 1,290 last June.
The number of those arrested after officers carried out a Field Impairment Test (FIT) for drugs fell from 63 in June 2012 to 59 this year.
National lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “It is encouraging to see there is a percentage drop in those failing tests.
“However, we cannot ignore the fact that even in 2013 we had 5,170 drivers in a single month who thought it was acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol and over the legal limit.
“The absolute disregard these drivers have for others, and the potential damage they cause to thousands of families up and down the country, is unacceptable.
We run two anti-drink and drug driving campaigns a year, alongside the work carried out by Government, and yet the public still have to pay millions of pounds in police and emergency service time because these drivers don’t get the message.
If people need to get somewhere there are numerous alternatives to driving under the influence, including public transport, taxi services or getting a lift from someone they know.
I would also ask the public to please contact police if they suspect someone of drink driving. That single phone call could save lives.
We will continue to target those people who behave irresponsibly, risk lives and break the law."
Those convicted of drink driving can face an automatic ban for at least one year and could face six months imprisonment, incurring a criminal record. The same penalties could apply to any driver who refuses to give a specimen of breath, blood or urine.
If a driver causes death by careless driving when under the influence of drink they could face 14 years in prison.
Chief Constable Davenport added: “The reality of driving under the influence is that you can kill someone and destroy lives, including your own.”

Press Officer Jason Lavan

*The figures from the Department for Transport can be viewed here

The ACPO Press Office can be contacted via 020 7084 8946/47/48 (office hours) or via 07803 903686 (out of office hours).

Inspector Jim Tyner on Twitter
‘Tweet Explosion’
 I am a great supporter of police use of social media. Effective engagement with all parts of our communities is at the heart of community policing. Using social media offers a different way of engaging with people in our communities who may not normally come in to contact with police officers or PCSOs.  We still use traditional methods of communication, but Twitter adds to that. For example, last week one of my PCSOs tweeted a community panel’s new priorities while still at the panel meeting.  This was fantastic: engaging with our online community while still engaging with our panel community.  Additionally, at least three of our new CCTV volunteers came forward as a result of our appeal on Twitter.  
My favourite tweet is one from a member of the public who said: ‘you and your PCSOs are changing Spalding and Twitter gets the message out there’

Spalding Police - 1994

This photo was taken in 1994, just as the police force was moving out of the old police station in The Sheepmarket to our current building in Westlode St.
The person in the middle of the seated front row is Superintendent Noel Patterson, who was the area commander for Boston & South Holland, next to him is the Spalding Inspector, Mark Marsden.  Since then we have had a succession of Inspectors at Spalding:
Mark Marsden
Simon Hudson
Tony Smith
Paul Timmins
Chris Davison
Jim Tyner

Spalding Police receive new bikes for patrolling