The 12 month period saw the growth of the local task forces, tackling local issues in communities across Lancashire after support from the public meant additional dedicated local office were put onto the streets. It also saw a reduction in crime overall during period from April 2019 to March 2020.
It also saw Lancashire Constabulary named as one of the most efficient forces in the country by independent inspectors, in terms of how resources are used to tackle crime and keep people safe.
The Lancashire Violence Reduction Network was introduced to strengthen partnership working in tackling knife and other violent crime, after the Commissioner secured funding from Government.
Other highlights included investment into community projects aimed at tackling issues such as reducing reoffending, knife crime and anti-social behaviour.
There has also been continued support for Lancashire Volunteer Partnership, and during this period the Commissioner launched Our Lancashire. Supported by engagement officers, the aim of Our Lancashire is to engage vulnerable people and also build more confident communities, both key priorities in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan,
The Commissioner said:
“My annual report provides a fantastic chance to reflect on the hard work that takes place every day to help make Lancashire a safer place. I am really proud of what we have achieved in the last twelve months and continue to achieve going forward.
“As the public’s voice in policing, my Police and Crime Plan reflects what they tell me they want to see from policing in the county. This annual report highlights how we have been able to keep delivering for Lancashire by supporting the work that officers and police staff do to tackle crime, and the large number of organisations who play a part in meeting my priorities.
“The unprecedented situation Covid-19 pandemic has created has brought along its own challenges but I have been extremely pleased with the way the force has stepped up to these challenges and focused on protecting the public and keeping the county safe.”