Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner gave a big thumbs up to Mablethorpe’s policing team on his visit to the resort last week.
Alan Hardwick, who was elected to the new role in November, took a trip to Mablethorpe Police Station and to Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College as part of an ongoing tour around the county.
He took the chance to meet officers and volunteers and said was he was ‘particularly impressed’ with the dedication of the team on the coast.
Mr Hardwick recently saw his police precept increase and Police and Crime Plan passed by the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel. Within the plan he pledged to tap into the ‘vast reservoir’ of potential volunteers who he believes can help to increase police visibility in the county.
One of the volunteers at Mablethorpe, enquiry officer Ian Porter, fully backed the commissioner’s approach.
“I had a great chat with him, he is a very interesting gentleman,” said Mr Porter, who clocked up 925 hours of voluntary service in 2012.
“His current mode of looking for volunteers is well publicised, at present there aren’t that many of us, but it is a way forward and I think his plan is an excellent one.
“I find it very rewarding, I enjoy working for the public sector and working for the community.”
Mr Hardwick said of the visit: “I was particularly impressed with their enthusiasm for working on projects that will be of benefit to the community and I fully support their efforts.”
On February 7 the commissioner squeezed through his crime plan and precept increase which will see East Lindsey taxpayers forking out an extra 6p per week on average, as Lincolnshire Police bids to plug an annual 20 per cent cut in funding from central government.
He admitted the increase was a tough call, but said a freeze or a lesser rise would prove to be ‘short sighted’ and would pave the way for larger hikes in the future.
Chief Inspector Neil Rhodes said the force was at a ‘tipping point’ and that ‘every penny of comfort had already been driven out’.
This week, in his Quarterly Force Performance Update, Mr Hardwick announced that recorded crime in Lincolnshire between April 2012 to January 2013 was down by 14 per cent on the same period in the year before, or 5,362 fewer recorded crimes.