Statement on ht e future of PCCS23 September, 2014
LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has stressed the vital role PCCs are playing after Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the post would be abolished should Labour win the next election.
In a statement, Clive Grunshaw said: “Since their election, I firmly believe Police and Crime Commissioners across the country have made significantly positive contributions to the communities they serve, and here in Lancashire we have done that on a budget far smaller than that of the Police Authority I replaced.
“I am revolutionising support for victims, driving forward awareness around key priorities such as child sexual exploitation (CSE) and domestic abuse, have secured Pioneering Place status for the county’s work on Early Intervention and – above all – I am an accountable figure residents can contact and share their concerns about policing with. This is in contrast to a Police Authority which, although hard-working, was largely anonymous.
“Supported by my office, I have worked tirelessly with Lancashire Constabulary to ensure Lancashire remains a safe and peaceful place to live, in spite of the cuts which have been made to the county’s policing budget.
“It was clear there were problems with the PCC elections in terms of public understanding, and I am working hard in Lancashire to change that. My hope is that whatever changes are made to the PCC model will improve on the good work which is already happening, without wasting millions on transition costs.
“It is vitally important that in the future any changes to the PCC system need to build on the levels of community and partner engagement which has been created by PCCs. There is always room for changes to be made, and I will whole-heartedly support proposals which move the PCC system forward, and ensure the public continue to have a mechanism to properly and effectively hold the Chief Constable to account.”