I will protect local policing by:
- Ensuring local policing teams remain a key part of policing our communities – you will know your team and they will know your area
- Working with partners to join up services – working better together
- Continuing to grow our Citizens in Policing Programme including increased use of Neighbourhood Watch, Specials and Cadets
- Campaigning and lobbying for fair funding for our police services
- Making the best use of our land and buildings
- Modernising policing through better use of new technology
Residents make it clear to me they want to feel the police are part of their community. That’s why a key part of my Police and Crime Plan is a commitment to prioritising local policing.
Substantial cuts to our police budget since 2010 mean services will continue to change so they can be delivered with less money. However, I remain committed to ensuring there is a visible policing presence across the county.
This means we will have to be innovative, building capacity through Citizens in Policing, maximising use of technology and reducing costs on things like buildings and vehicles.
Protecting frontline policing
I am committed to protecting frontline policing and has achieved this by ensuring that Lancashire has one of the leanest support services of any force, which provides excellent value for money as evidenced in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) value for money profiles.
Latest figures (31st March 2019) show that Lancashire Constabulary is prioritising front line policing with just 117 officers out of 2,895 working within frontline support functions. These roles are essential for the efficient running of the force and include training, organisational development and officers within the Professional Standards Department.
Lancashire Constabulary has been rated outstanding for efficiency by HMICFRS. The latest report endorses that we are focusing our resources in the right place, at the right time, and importantly, that we are getting it right – listening to our staff and communities, tackling the issues that are important to them and investing where we need to.