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New Operating Model

for Bedfordshire Police

Overview from Bedfordshire Police (as provided to Neighbourhood Watch on 17 June 2015)

The new structure aims to improve the efficiency of the service, to work together to protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe. There will be a transition to the new model in 2 phases; phase 1 in June 2015 , Phase 2 in the autumn, with the full model in place by early 2016.

The model is designed to ensure the Police resources are targeted to risks that have been identified by the force, stakeholders, victims, partners and communities.

Headline changes:

  More officers with powers of arrest. Giving necessary powers to tackle crime in the community.

 Additional training  and support to strengthen crime investigation skills and improve the quality and outcome of  investigations.

  More appointments given for the public and giving more time in either the station or the home.

  A simplified process to ensure an officer attends a high risk incident immediately. Tracking will show which Officer is closest to the incident.

  Assess the Threat, Harm ,Risk, Investigation, Vulnerability, Engagement with an emphasis on Vulnerability, when attending an incident investigating a crime.

  Prioritising crimes which involve the most vulnerable victims and the most serious offenders.

  Community Officers to be skilled in crime investigation and close working between community officers and detectives.

Click here for a short PowerPoint presentation on the changes being implemented.

Force Moves to New ‘Fast’ ‘Fixed’ Policing Model

(Copied from the Bedfordshire Police website)

Bedfordshire Police is today beginning the transition to a new force operating model which has been designed to better meet demand with the resources available.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “I am extremely excited about the new model and consider this my legacy to Bedfordshire. It combines the traditional values of community policing with a new, technology-enabled way of working.

“Today marks the start of the journey of transition to the new model, which will be complete by early 2016. During the coming months we will continue to get everything in place to ensure that we have the right numbers of people with the right skills in the right locations. In the meantime, officers will support each other across functional boundaries to embed the new model.

“Our officers work extremely hard, handling twice the volume of serious and acquisitive crimes than the average UK police officer. They can’t work any harder, but they can work smarter and this new model will help us to do the best we can with the resources we have. We will be making the best use of technology, collaborating with our neighbouring forces and working in partnership with our communities to problem solve and keep Bedfordshire safe.

“It is no secret that we don’t have the numbers of officers we would like in Bedfordshire so we have to focus our resources in areas that have the greatest impact on protecting people and safeguarding those most vulnerable. Protecting people is at the fore of what we do and our officers do a fantastic job but this model will help them to do it more efficiently and ultimately more effectively."

The core operational functions in the new model will be Force Control Room, Communities, Response and Intelligence. The new ‘Response’ function will be deployed to those incidents requiring a FAST response, and the ‘Community team’ will attend scheduled appointments to those requiring a slower time response.

The introduction of a new ‘Community’ function is intended to increase problem solving capability within communities, improve intelligence gathering and help with demand reduction; ultimately helping the force to deliver a more effective police service.

Speaking about the model, Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said: “The new operating model delivers on the two priorities I have set for the force: visibility and vulnerability. There will be a community policing footprint in each part of the county and, making the best use of mobile technology, neighbourhood teams will be more visible to the public, whilst prioritising those most vulnerable to crime.

"The model makes the best of our resources, but there is no escaping the fact that, due to underfunding, they are insufficient. Chief Constable Paul’s advice to me is that we need 300 more officers just to be on a par with other forces and I continue to try to find ways we can achieve this.”