Commissioner launches consultation on office restructure20 October, 2014
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has begun consulting his staff on a proposed restructure of his office.
The mid-term restructure is designed to ensure the office is fit for purpose as the commissioner strives to deliver his priorities of:
- Defending frontline policing
- Protecting vulnerable people
- Championing victim’s rights
- Tackling reoffending.
The proposals include plans to delete the roles of Deputy and Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners and restructure the officer support into three operational areas.
The proposed operational teams are: justice and reoffending, victims and partnerships, and governance and frontline policing. There will also be an executive support team providing administrative support for the office along with a communications team.
Clive Grunshaw said the restructure is designed to ensure his office is fit for purpose as he enters the second half of his administration. He said: “When I took up office I wanted to ensure that we were able to hit the ground running hence the appointment of police authority members to roles in my administration.
“They were able to ensure a seamless transition from Police Authority to Police and Crime Commissioner. They have undertaken key projects supporting victims of domestic violence, supporting vulnerable people, encouraging more recruitment of BME police officers and PCSOs, and tackling child sexual exploitation. They have also helped ensure we have managed the budget well enabling us to recruit new officers to the force this year.”
The Commissioner continued: “I do however feel the time is right to review my office support and look at the team I need in place to continue to deliver my priorities.
“My office is moving towards more digital engagement with our residents; offering better support to victims; and working in partnerships with the many prevention and support agencies we have in our county.”
The structure will be headed up by a new chief officer post following the voluntary redundancy of the joint chief executive and monitoring officer role earlier in the year. Recruitment to the post will begin in the next few weeks.
Mr Grunshaw added: “The way we police, support and engage is changing and the proposals in this restructure will I believe allow that to happen. I must stress however this is a consultation and I will be talking to the team over the coming weeks and seeking their feedback before implementing any changes.
“No final decisions have been taken and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time out of respect for the staff involved.”
The staff consultation continues until the end of October. The Commissioner will then consider any changes to the proposals before implementing his new structure.