21st May 2021

New Commissioner spends first week on the beat and joining Officers on drugs raids

Andrew joined front-line officers in Clitheroe, Preston and Blackpool as part of his commitment to seeing first-hand the main issues faced on the front-line and work with the Chief Constable to crack down on criminals .

He also talked with members of the public about his key priorities to get tough on crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and put more officers onto the streets to keep people safe.

Andrew visited the currently closed front counter in Clitheroe Police Station and reaffirmed his commitment to work with the force on reinstating this service for local communities within the Ribble Valley.

Earlier in his first week Andrew also joined officers in executing to search warrants for drug related activity in Burnley, including joining officers in the vans and being on the scene as forced entry was made to the properties. He also attended the scene of a cannabis farm discovered whilst he was in Blackpool.

He said:

“What I have seen throughout my first week as Commissioner, is the incredible passion that police officers and staff have day in and day out, to keep the people of Lancashire safe. I have already met with a lot of people in really varied roles across the force and have heard the unique challenges they face. This understanding is so important to me as I move forward and start to set budgets and shape a new Police and Crime Plan for the County”

“It has also been fantastic to talk to members of the public and continue the conversations I had prior to being elected. They will play a key role in helping me shape my Police and Crime Plan in the coming weeks, based on the priorities on which I was elected.

“My message remains a simple one, I am on your side. I will support the force in cracking down on criminals, making sure all of Lancashire’s areas and communities feel protected and work with the Chief Constable on the issues that matter to people, such as anti-social behaviour and getting tough on reoffending.”

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