During the visit, the Commissioner Andrew Snowden met with Insp Pete Wilcock and other members of the British Transport Police team. The discussion focused on the importance of partnership work in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, including county lines drug trafficking.
The Commissioner praised the work of the British Transport Police in maintaining safety and security on the rail network and pledged his continued support and cooperation to ensure that, together with Lancashire Constabulary, people remain safe on and around the county’s transport networks.
British Transport Police maintain a close relationship with Lancashire Constabulary working together and drawing in support, planning for major events and responding to other incidents.
Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet with Insp Pete Wilcock and the team at the British Transport Police Base at Preston Train Station
“Their commitment to keeping our communities safe on the rail and wider transport network is clear to see.
“As we continue to confront the scourge of county lines drug trafficking and get tough on anti-social behaviour with the transport network all too often hotspots, it becomes increasingly important to have strong partnerships between different agencies in the fight against crime.
“By working together, we can disrupt criminal activity and protect those most vulnerable in our communities. With more officers on our streets delivering on the priorities in my Fighting Crime Plan, and investment into proactive neighbourhood policing, I am continuing to work closely with the Chief Constable to deliver the efficient, effective policing service the people of Lancashire expect.”
Insp. Peter Wilcock, British Transport Police said:
“Strong partnership working is at the very core of our fight to disrupt County Lines activity on the railway. By working closely with Lancashire Police and other local agencies we are able to share intelligence, strengthen our operations and effectively safeguard the vulnerable children who are exploited by drugs gangs.
“At British Transport Police we’re committed to working closely with all of our partners to create a hostile environment for crime – so it was a pleasure to welcome PCC Snowden and show him how we’re keeping passengers safe and secure day and night in Lancashire.”