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Dear Residents of Leicestershire and Rutland:
Often throughout the election campaign and in subsequent public consultations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, relating to the precept and police and crime plan, many people from Rutland have indicated that are confused as to why they are receiving correspondence from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire. Once it is explained to them that the Leicestershire Police also cover Rutland, they are naturally disappointed that their county is not given the recognition it deserves.
Many communities in Rutland do not feel a natural affinity with Leicestershire Police. And this is not helped by the name of the force being ‘Leicestershire Police’. As I have said on many occasions I want a local force to build trust and confidence in their local communities and a service that local people connect with. This has not always been the case in recent history and there is much work to do to rebuild some of the trust that has diminished during this time. As a result of what I have been told, I believe one of the issues is a loss of local identity with the force and neighbourhood officers. I want to make long-lasting and positive changes to Leicestershire Police and one of the things I am able to do is develop the name of the force so that it has greater identity and resonance with all parts of the force area, whether in rural Leicestershire, Rutland and the City of Leicester.
Rutland is a proud county with a strong sense of community and has long been associated with Leicestershire, and the two counties share much. I believe that a name change from Leicestershire Police to Leicestershire and Rutland Police would maintain its current connection with the City of Leicester but also remedy this perceived divide.
This is not a new idea as between 1951 and 1972, our force was known as ‘Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary’. I would like to request that the name of Rutland is once again included in the name of our police force. But first, I would like to ask your views.
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