During the visit, the Commissioner had the opportunity to meet with local residents, listening to their concerns regarding crime and safety in the area. Discussions included the recently reopened front counter in the town, concerns around anti-social behaviour and how increased neighbourhood teams are continuing to make a difference following the police uplift programme.
The Commissioner witnessed first-hand the proactive measures taken by the team across the Fylde area to address local issues and maintain community safety. He saw locations in the town used for events and how these were policed. He also visited areas where there have been previous reports of anti-social behaviour and other concerns.
He also took the opportunity to visit the now reopened police front counter, which welcomed the public back from late 2021 as part of a commitment from the Commissioner for every borough to maintain a front counter service.
Speaking after the visit, Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden said:
“Wherever possible I join officers on the beat, as part of seeing how I can best support the fight against crime and proactive approach we want here in Lancashire.
“As the peoples voice in policing it’s a key part of my job, joining officers within communities, hearing the challenges they face and how they are dealing with the public’s concerns
“Successful neighbourhood policing needs officers at the heart of the local areas they serve which is why I’ve strengthened local teams that understand unique issues and the concerns of different communities.
“I will continue to support the Chief Constable with the necessary resources and assistance to target offenders, safeguard the public, and ensure that residents feel a greater sense of security.”