Commissioner’s New Year Message 20165 January, 2016
The New Year is a time to reflect on what has gone before us and the challenges we face across the county fighting crime and helping to keep Lancashire safe.
A number of very recent issues show just how vital all our emergency services are and perhaps more importantly just how valued they are by the communities they serve. In the north of the county we experienced severe flooding earlier this month, meaning that many people are spending the festive period away from the comfort of their homes.
During this time it was heartening to see officers from Lancashire Constabulary working around the clock alongside colleagues from all blue light services, local authorities and the many volunteers and businesses, to help people get to places of safety away from the dreadful floods.
Across the county we have seen a number of worrying incidents in the last few weeks with an incendiary device in a shopping centre, severe assaults and even a murder, but we have also seen a community determined to rally against the racist and islamophobic comments borne out of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The message from me and Lancashire Police is clear, hate crimes will not be tolerated and there is help and support for anyone suffering any abuse of this kind through Lancashire Victim Services which I established earlier this year.
But perhaps one of the most heartening aspects of 2015 for me was meeting the many hundreds of volunteers we have in Lancashire, from special constables, cadets, independent custody volunteers and community volunteers who spend many hours assisting me and the constabulary in keeping the community safe. I met many of them through various events including a special thank you event as part of National Volunteers’ week.
And so to 2016. With the success of recent HMIC inspections behind us, I am sure there are further successes ahead with Lancashire Constabulary working hard to keep people safe and reduce crime. I look forward to working further with constabulary, members of all communities and partners organisations to deliver against my police and crime plan priorities.
I will continue to lobby Government against cuts to our service, making the case for Lancashire. I will work with partners to help protect frontline policing, tackle crime and re-offending, and to ensure the most vulnerable in our society are kept safe from harm.
I know we continue to face significant challenges to all these aims, but I know too that my colleagues and I will work as hard as we can to deliver them and to listen to you, the people we serve engaging with you on the issues that matter most.
So all that remains now is for me on behalf of everyone in the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to wish you all the very best for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.