Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 8, 2016

Let’s Talk Policing Says Clive Grunshaw

LetsTalkPolicing2 “This is your chance to have your say on policing and crime in Lancashire. I am working on my new police and crime plan, which will shape police and community safety activity over the next four years. This is an important document so it is vital that it takes into account the views of the public in Lancashire and our partners.

“It will set out: The policing priorities in Lancashire; How I delegate resources to the Chief Constable; How I will hold the Chief Constable to account; How I support organisations working to reduce crime and disorder as well as support victims.

“I have already asked police and stakeholders for their views as part of this process – and now I am consulting the public before presenting my draft plan later in 2016. You can make your voice heard by taking part in a short online survey.

“I will also speak to residents right across the county at my Let’s Talk Policing consultation events to make sure as many people as possible can have their say”. budgets

“So as we enter 2016/17 we have identified £75m of savings that will take us to the end of the year with an extra £16.6m still to find by 2019/20.

“I have taken the decision to increase the council tax precept this year by 1.99% after more than 85 per cent of residents told me they were willing to pay more for the police through this local payment. The increase is equivalent to just 6p per week – or £3.16 a year – for the average band D property in Lancashire, but it will raise an extra £1.3m to help offset some – but by no means all – of the cuts we will face this year. We still face a further reduction in our staffing numbers which by the end of this year will be down by 1,600 since austerity began”.

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