|Area||Lincolnshire (excl. N. and N. E. Lincs)|
|Divisions||West, East and South|
|Stations||Lincoln, Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Skegness, Louth, Boston, Mablethorpe, Grantham, Spalding, Stamford (Also a large number of smaller sub-stations, referred to as "boxes")|
|Chief Constable||Richard Crompton|
Lincolnshire Police is the territorial police force covering the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands of England. Despite the name, the force's area does not include North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, which are covered by Humberside Police instead.
The force has an establishment of about 1,200 police officers. The county is divided into three divisions for the purposes of policing. These are the East Division (covering Boston, Skegness , Mablethorpe, Louth and Horncastle) of which Skegness is the Divisional Headquarters, West Division (covering Lincoln, Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Sleaford) of which Lincoln (West Parade) is the Divisional Headquarters and South Division (covering Grantham, Spalding and Stamford) of which Grantham is the Divisional Headquarters).
Sleaford was moved from the South Division to the West Division in 2006 under plans to bring Policing areas in line with Local Authority Areas.
Lincolnshire Constabulary was formed in 1856 under the County and Borough Police Act 1856. Several other borough police forces used to exist in the county, but these were eventually combined with the Lincolnshire force. Under the Police Act 1946, Boston Borough Police and Grantham Borough Police were merged, while Lincoln City Police and Grimsby Borough Police were absorbed under the Police Act 1964. Lincolnshire lost part of its area to the new Humberside Police in 1974.
In 1965, the force had an establishment of 918 officers and an actual strength of 883.
Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 20 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with the other four East Midlands forces to form a strategic police force for the entire region. These proposals were ended by John Reid in June 2006. The police authority received £287,600 from the Home Office for costs of preparing the ill-fated merger.
In 2008 the Lincolnshire Police Authority experienced a funding crisis. The authority claimed that the central government grant was insufficient to provide efficient policing in Lincolnshire, due to the unfavourable working of the formula used by the government to assess police grants. The authority decided to reduce the shortfall by making a 79% increase in its precept (the portion of Council Tax payable to the Police Authority). The government then announced its intention to "cap" this demand, resulting in a net 26% increase.