We received more than 220,000 calls to 999 and more than 310,000 to 101
We received more than 47,000 online reports
We received more than 5,000 reports of missing people
We created nearly 260,000 incidents and recorded nearly 100,000 crimes
We made more than 14,500 arrests
Our press office responded to more than 2,000 media enquiries
Here, we look back at just some of the notable moments this year:
January started with the force launching ‘Mini Police’ – a pilot programme that saw groups of year five students from three schools take part in sessions designed to introduce them to a positive experience of policing.
PCSOs Jonny Davies and Tim Jones were also shortlisted for a national bravery award, after they climbed into a car being driven by an aggressive man who was believed to be attempting to escape from police in July 2022.
In February Operation Repeat – a project aimed at raising awareness of fraud amongst elderly and vulnerable people – was launched. Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cadent and Anglian Water, training was delivered to people working in both the public and private health and social care sectors.
The month also saw the force take part in a national week of awareness about sexual assault and violence, known as It’s Not OK, which aimed to reach people affected by these types of abuse and to help access information about local services and the support, help and guidance available to them.
A total of 76 people were arrested during County Lines Intensification Week in March. The force executed 41 warrants and made safeguarding visits to 58 vulnerable people during the enforcement. Drugs worth more than £200,000, more than £12,500 in cash and 33 firearms were also recovered as part of the operation.
There was more good news as a report from His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) graded the force as outstanding at tackling serious and organised crime.
A key priority to improve the visibility of police in rural communities was also achieved, as a new front enquiry office opened in Oakham, Rutland.
April saw police dog Jura mark one year in service – during which time he helped to apprehend 33 suspects, as well as uncovering countless items of evidence while working alongside his handler, PC Darren Sewell.
Police numbers were also strengthened as it was confirmed the force had exceeded the recruitment target set out by the Government. A variety of entry routes – including the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP); the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP); the Direct Entry Detective Programme (DC DHEP) and the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – helped to increase the number of officers serving Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Meanwhile, away from frontline policing, 13 officers and staff members from across the force took part in the Police Sport UK (PSUK) Swimming and Water Polo Championships in Liverpool.
PC Darren Sewell and PD Jura
We continued to make a splash in May, as PC Rhianna Sheehan’s performances the month previously saw her selected to join the national police swim team.
The outstanding work of officers, staff and volunteers was also celebrated at the annual Chief Constable Awards in Leicester. The event also included Crown Court Commendations and awards from the Royal Humane Society being handed out.
The month also saw the first Operation Sceptre of the year take place – with more than 100 knives recovered, 91 education events held and 47 knife sweeps carried out.
There were celebrations in June, as two of the force’s female officers were honoured at the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) awards. PC Millie Barton was named winner of the BAWP 2023 Community Service Award, while another of our officers was named BAWP Police Officer of the Year for her work in the world of cyber-crime.
In what has now become an annual tradition, teams of officers, staff and cadets descended on Cumbria to take part in Light the Lakes, a yearly event that raises funds for COPS (Care of Police Survivors) – a charity that provides help to families of fallen officers.
PC Millie Barton (second from left) was named winner of the BAWP 2023 Community Service Award
We became a nationally accredited Project Servator force in July. Trialled at East Midlands Airport since December 2019, the project is a policing tactic used to disrupt a range of criminality, including terrorism. Both highly visible and plain-clothed officers work alongside British Transport Police, UK Border Force, Counter Terrorism Policing and airport security.
That month, we also joined all forces in the UK to adopt the Right Care Right Person national partnership. The agreement set out a new approach to dealing with health incidents where policing is not always the best agency to respond.
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Violence Reduction Network (VRN) - in partnership with the University of Leicester and the Home Office – welcomed policy-makers, practitioners and academics from across the UK to share new research insights and best practice on preventing and reducing violence.
A warm welcome was given to Assistant Chief Constable Michaela Kerr in August, who joined us from Greater Manchester Police, having begun her policing career in the West Midlands in 1996.
We also launched a new behaviour change campaign - #CharlieIsInControl – aimed at reducing and preventing prevent violent crime within the night-time economy, caused by cocaine use. Further information about the campaign can be found here.
That month we also announced we were taking part in a ground-breaking study to measure the ‘physical and mental toll of the job’, with around 50 CSIs and digital forensic staff volunteering to take part. The anonymous data they provide will enable researchers to study the impact of visiting traumatic crime scenes, viewing distressing images and other challenges in police work.
In September, two PCSOs were presented with a bravery award at the BBC Make a Difference Awards in Leicester. PCSOs Philip Grimwood and Matt Jones – who is now a PC at Derbyshire Constabulary – received a bravery award for their courageous actions in saving the life of a man who had doused himself in petrol. Both PCSOs managed to remove a lighter from the man and secure him safely.
October saw the launch of the ongoing Walk Away campaign – aimed at helping to prevent further deaths and serious injuries caused by a person being assaulted on a night out. The behaviour change campaign is focussed on influencing potential offenders by encouraging them to exercise self-control and walk away from heated situations before violence occurs.
Our rural communities were also the focus of another new scheme that launched, with 20 horse-riding volunteers recruited to spot and report crime in the countryside. Reporting to the force’s rural crime team, they are the eyes and ears of our rural communities and will assist with developing contacts with farms and local businesses.
A further County Lines Intensification Week also took place with 43 warrants executed, 38 people arrested and more than £120,000 worth of drugs seized.
Television crews joined our officers over several months, as filming for the second series of ‘Fresh Cops’ took place and in November, there was cause for celebration as the first series was named Best Popular Factual Programme at the Royal Television Society Midlands awards.
Having achieved more than half a million views per episode on BBC iPlayer, the documentary follows our new officers as they begin their policing career and aims to reach out to under 25s about the challenges they face. The second series is due to air in the new year.
Another week of Operation Sceptre also saw 18,000 pupils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland attend knife crime awareness workshops. A total of 13 arrests were made over the seven-day period, with 53 knifes recovered and 52 sweeps carried out.
Fresh Cops was named Best Popular Factual Programme at the Royal Television Society Midlands awards
Two months after launching, the Walk Away campaign went national in December. Having started with digital screens and printed posters being displayed in Leicester city centre, toolkits were provided to forces up and down the country to help in sharing the message.
Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “Yet again, over the past 12 months we’ve been able to celebrate some incredible achievements by both our officers and staff.
“Policing is always a challenging job and this year has been no different – there have been many obstacles we’ve had to overcome. But our priority remains the same as ever – to protect you, the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who we’re sworn in to serve.
“We endeavour to continue keeping you safe and there will be some changes made in 2024 that will allow us to keep fulfilling our objectives and increase public confidence in what we do.
“We've recently introduced the Leicestershire Police pledge, which reaffirms the force’s steadfast commitment to good service and high standards.
“I want us to continue performing our duty – preventing crime, dealing with those who cause harm, bringing people to justice, protecting those who are vulnerable and continuously improving.”