17th August 2021

Major incident teams tackling crime across Lancashire visited by Commissioner

Specialist detectives and staff work out of three hubs, investigating serious crimes that impact on the most vulnerable people, safeguarding victims and targeting offenders intent on causing most harm.

These teams have worked on some of the most serious incidents that the force has had to deal with, often long and complex investigations that require high levels of time and investment.

The dedicated teams work on cases ranging from murders and serious assaults to organised crime gangs and other high profile case, bringing criminals to justice.

This has included the investigation following the shooting that killed Aya Hachem in Blackburn, after which seven men were jailed for murder, for more than 200 years.

Andrew heard from officers and police staff the challenges they face which often vary across each distinct area and talked about his plan to invest in policing as he leads the fight against crime in Lancashire.

He said:

“It is extremely important to me as I start to write my Police and Crime Plan, that I understand the views of officers from across policing here in Lancashire and what they need from me to support my clear drive to get tough on criminals.

“It is clear from my visits to each of the major investigations teams the real impact that they are having, keeping people safe and ensuring anyone who commits crime knows there are dedicated and skilled teams that will be finding you and knocking on your door.

“We need more of this proactive work to get criminals off our streets and help our communities feel safe., With officers from the Government’s uplift programme being recruited, in training and out on the streets, I’m committed to working with the Chief Constable to ensure there is nowhere to hide for criminals in Lancashire.”

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