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The police force changing the way it works

New shift patterns are being introduced as part of the measures Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire police is to make changes to the way it fights crime - to improve its efficiency and flexibility.

The Chief Constable says there'll be changes to daily duties- with more dedicated resources for investigating crime, a new appointments system for incidents that do not need an immediate response, greater investment in protecting the most vulnerable and a re-focus of priorities for neighbourhood policing teams.

Dedicated public protection and cyber-crime teams will focus on complex and growing areas of crime, such as child sexual exploitation and online crime, and a new Domestic Abuse Prevention and Investigation Team will bring together existing specialist resources, providing a consistent countywide service to support victims of abuse.

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Our purpose is to protect people from harm. We want to provide our communities with an efficient, high quality service, using public money as effectively as possible to keep people safe.

This evidence-led approach has helped us develop new ways of working to provide our communities with a more flexible, victim and customer focused service that can respond to the changing face of crime and other demands, and better help those who need it.

We'll do this by having the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time. We're changing the responsibilities of some roles, introducing new shift patterns, developing new teams and, thanks to additional funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, investing in more frontline operational officers and staff to ensure we meet growing demand.

These changes are crucial to helping us provide a policing service that is fit for the future and I am confident our new model will enable us to deliver a more efficient, modern and responsive service for the people of Northamptonshire.

– Chief Constable Simon Edens

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