Around 70 Blackpool & Fylde College students, who are studying courses that include crime and policing, attended the meeting held virtually, and heard the Commissioner explain his role as the public’s voice in policing, his responsibilities and the role of his office.
They had chance to ask questions about policing in the county, including how he helps address the root causes of crime through early intervention, and the challenges that covid-19 has brought for policing and other services including.
Students also asked about police funding, pressures that officer’s face and the changing way that the force tackles crime.
The Commissioner talked to students on Blackpool and the Fylde College’s new College of Policing Licensed, BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Pre join) degree and were joined by additional students studying Criminology and Public Service Degrees.
Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said:
“It was great to be able to talk with students about my role and the challenges that we face in policing within Lancashire.
“It is heartening to see young people, interested and engaged in policing, crime and criminal justice. working in policing offers fantastic career opportunities, whether as an officer, police staff or in countless other roles and organisations that help keep people safe.
“Hearing the views of young people is really important which is why we have established the inaugural Lancashire Youth Commission on Crime Reduction and Prevention, helping to inform my priorities going forward.”