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Commissioner meets with policing minister

30 April, 2013

Lancashire’s residents had their concerns about policing taken to the top today when the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw met with Policing and Criminal Justice Minister The Rt Hon Damian Green MP.

The Commissioner had a meeting with Mr Green as part of the Minister’s day-long visit to Preston, and took the opportunity to share what the public in Lancashire want to see from their police force.

Clive Grunshaw said: “I welcome the Minister’s visit to Lancashire and I am pleased to say it was a productive meeting where we discussed a range of policing and crime issues .

“During my time as Commissioner I have engaged with and listened to the public about policing, and today’s meeting enabled me to reflect the public’s views  back to the Minister.

“We spoke about the budget cuts the force is facing and I stressed the public expectations around visible policing and neighbourhood policing and the need to maintain that in the future, given the financial challenges we’re facing.

“I told him it is becoming increasingly hard to find the savings but stressed what a good job the police and partners are doing in Lancashire to maintain performance and the importance of maintaining frontline services.”

During the meeting, which took place at Preston police station, the Commissioner also discussed police reform and victims’ services, and thanked the Home Office for releasing funding for the new Central Lancashire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, in Preston.

Clive Grunshaw added: “I’m looking forward to working with Damian Green on police reform and the wider criminal justice partnership, especially around the importance of joining up services to victims and maximising efficiency in the criminal justice sector.”

 

During his time in Preston the Minister also met with Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan, visited the city’s Magistrates’ Court and went to HMP Preston.

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