Leading The Way....To Be The Best In The Country
The Constabulary is Leading The Way to make Cheshire the safest
county in the country. The current era of policing is
challenging – the nature of crime is changing, budgets are
shrinking and you, the public, rightly expect a professional
service that maintains the highest standards to keep them safe.
Since 2010, we have made £37m savings, but over the next four
years we have to make a further £34m savings from our current
budget of £190m. In July 2014, we looked at the cost and
effectiveness of our current services and, as a consequence,
Priority Based Budgeting was introduced. A tried and trusted method
involving staff across the Constabulary, this has looked at how we
can make ourselves fit for the future – streamlining the way we do
things, meeting the challenges of anti-social behaviour and crime,
identifying what we can stop doing and which areas need further
What is our ambition?
To protect individuals and property,
and prevent harm to communities, underpinned by the ethos of
To make Cheshire the safest place in
the country, and be a police force here for you when it matters,
where it matters.
The Design Principles
To develop proposals on how the Force
may look and feel, eight ‘design’ principles were identified that
would provide the foundations on which all proposals would be
built, and against which they would be tested. They are:
Culture, Values & Leadership
To be open and transparent, accountable and innovative:
- The code of ethics will be the core Force values.
- Constructive challenge and honest feedback will be encouraged
and central to our leadership expectations.
- We will lead by example, articulating the behaviours we expect
and value and seeking challenge and feedback.
- We will strive to become a reflective and inclusive
organisation where opportunities, promotion and reward are based on
To be skilled, mobile and empowered:
- We trust our people to make decisions and will give them the
skills and knowledge to do this.
- We understand the importance to frontline supervision and will
invest in their leadership skills and ensure appropriate
- We will understand what our people do and will provide them
with regular feedback to improve our performance and challenge
- We understand the importance of engaging staff in decisions and
will listen and involve our staff in improving our services.
To have a modern, well-equipped and flexible infrastructure:
- We will have access to fit for purpose bases that enable
effective deployment, modern ways of working and are efficient to
- We understand the benefits of co-location and will
actively seek opportunities.
- We will ensure staff have fit for purpose equipment, but build
in efficient value for money standard specifications were possible
in our procurement processes.
To be victim-centred, visible and responsive to our
- Neighbourhood policing will be the foundation of our model,
providing a visible, local accountable service to the
- We will help to build community capacity to enable people to
- We will offer a choice in the way people contact us and provide
simple access to information to help people protect
- We will seek feedback on how we are performing, encouraging
public participation, to improve our services.
To be proactive, pre-emptive and preventative:
- We will use evidence based practice to prevent crime and by
understanding and tackling root cause with partners reduce the
unnecessary demands on services – ‘prevent the predictable’.
- We will align resources to demand and tailored our response to
the need of the individual whilst maintaining consistent internal
processes – ‘respond effectively’.
- We will continue to take a rounded approach to response seeking
to prevent incidents recurring through diversion / intervention and
For it to be interoperable, accessible and secure:
- We will enable staff to work in an agile way with secure access
to the information and systems in the field to maximise their
- We will design / have access to systems that have a simple user
interface for staff / public.
- Where possible we will use standard systems that enable
- We will use technology as a crime fighting tool as well as a
way of improving the productivity of staff and enabling access for
the public where access to police is not cost effective.
To have accessible information, at the right time to make the
- The value of the information we manage and hold will have a
greater focus, as well as how we manage the risk and enable access
to partners to improve services and prevent harm.
- There will be a focus on data quality ensuring audit and
inspection is proportionate to the impact and threat.
- Access to timely data for staff to enable then to understand
key processes and performance will be readily available with an
expectation they use the tools available to improve
To have collaborative, joined up, public orientated, efficient
- We will work with partners and collaborate with clear outcomes
to improve services for the public or meet the requirements of the
national policing and where practicable underpin these by formal
- We will seek to join / integrate our resources where we can see
benefits to resolve complex problems, protect people or reduces
- We will share and manage information to deliver better value
for the public or to improve services.
We have set ourselves a clear mission – to
protect individuals and property, and prevent harm to communities,
underpinned by the ethos of public service. We have
developed the vision to make Cheshire the safest place in the
country and made a commitment to be a police force here for you
where it matters, when it matters.
Cheshire Constabulary was founded in 1857 and serves a
population of 1,027,709 inhabitants spread across
a geographic area measuring 919 square miles and
encompassing areas of great diversity, from large rural
expanses to areas of extensive heavy
industry and urban areas including Chester and Warrington
with their vibrant commercial, retail and leisure facilities.
Cheshire is a place where pockets of extreme
wealth contrast with areas which are amongst the
most deprived 10% of locations in the country. The
county is also home to 53,108 students between the
ages of 16 and 74. Both the University of Chester and Manchester
Metropolitan University have major campuses in the county.
Cheshire shares its borders with two major metropolitan
areas; Manchester and Liverpool and the international
airports that serve these cities are within close proximity. More
than 200 miles of motorway and the West Coast
Mainline railways run through the county.
In 2013/14 the Force dealt with 340,604 calls for
service and recorded 54,905 crimes, a
reduction in crime of 3% compared to 2012/13. Cheshire has observed
year on year reductions in recorded crime for the previous 8 years.
Crime rates in Cheshire have fallen by 38% over
the last decade.
The Constabulary employs more than 4,000 men
and women across the Force. There are 1,948 police
officers, 211 PCSOs, 1,329 members of police staff, 405 Special
Constables and 140 volunteers.
Cheshire Constabulary has a gross budget of £190
million (£165 million net).
A snapshot of the Constabulary's recent performance.
Guidance about doing business with Cheshire Police as well as
information about tenders and contracts.
Collection of documents published by Cheshire Police including the
Your Policing which outlines our plans for the year
Information about Chief officers, senior staff, Basic Command
Units, and specialist units that make up Cheshire
Information about our commitment to provide a high-quality service
that meets the different needs of all our communities.
Account, budgets, contract tendered, and publication of expenditure
See old photos and read about key events since
our foundation in 1857.
Our commitments to the people of Cheshire.
The Museum of Policing in Cheshire preserves and researches the
heritage of policing in the county.
The Cheshire Constabulary Band was founded in 1967.
You can find us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.
Crime figures and call handling statistics.
A list of websites including other police forces and