Local Policing

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Local policing includes both Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Response Officers.

There are currently 829 Immediate Response Officers, 165 Planned Response Officers, 286 Community Beat Managers and 335 Community Support Officers.

Lancashire’s Immediate Response Officers respond to over 50,000 incidents per year across the county.

Lancashire Constabulary has a commitment to answer 999 emergency calls within 10 seconds and attend emergency incidents within 15 minutes.

The Constabulary has over 40 localised social media accounts, followed by over 40,000 people on Facebook and 8,000 people on Twitter.

Local policing for local people is Lancashire Constabulary’s approach to tackling crime and reassuring communities.

This area includes Neighbourhood Policing, Incident (Response) Management and Specialist Community Liaison – and covers community engagement activities such as Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings, social media and face-to-face meetings.

Chief Superintendent Richard Debicki, head of HQ Operations at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Local policing is really the bedrock of policing in Lancashire, incorporating the officers which people see and know within their communities.

“Neighbourhood policing incorporates Community Beat Managers, PCSOs, and volunteers (uniformed Special Constables, and other community volunteers), who work together to make communities safer. Response officers, who respond to emergencies and incidents, are also part of our local policing arrangements. The community in Lancashire has high levels of trust and confidence in their local police, and a lot of that is driven by the fact people have local officers who they know and who have a real picture of what is going on in their areas. These local officers are able to piece together small bits of information which are passed to them from the community which can then help solve bigger crimes, and solve community issues. They work to try to address issues as early as possible before they become major problems for the community. Time and time again, when I speak to the public and go to public meetings, they tell me this is the kind of policing they want – officers and PCSOs in the heart of communities.

“We have to ensure our response officers are patrolling in the right places to enable us to meet our commitment to respond to emergencies, and because officers respond from within their own local policing areas they are familiar with the neighbourhoods. We fundamentally believe this is the right approach.

“Neighbourhood policing is our chosen policing philosophy and we want to maintain those officers in communities – but we are currently having to make some difficult decisions and balance our resources given the budget cuts we face. Whilst our commitment is to continue to respond to emergencies, and that will not change, the stark reality is that we have already had to reduce the number of officers working the frontline and further budget reductions would make further reductions a real possibility in the future.”

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