Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched his proposed Police and Crime Plan today (Monday).
The Commissioner, Alan Hardwick said: “I believe I have a plan that will see crime reduce, deliver a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire and provide police and services that are there when you need them. But I want to know what you think.”
The Plan is available to download from the Commissioner’s website and the public are invited to give the Commissioner their views on his proposals before they are formally submitted to the police and crime panel at the end of the month.
Key priorities in the plan include:
• Police officer numbers will be maintained at 1,100 with no further reductions.
• The introduction of Volunteer Police Community Support Officers which alongside an expansion in the County’s Special constabulary, could see a uniform officer in every Lincolnshire community. Additional opportunities to volunteer in non-uniform roles will also be made available.
• In future, unless there are operational reasons not to, all police officers will wear their uniform when on duty and all police vehicles involved in front line policing will be clearly marked.
• Police stations will not be closed where there is a demonstrable operational/community need.
Mr Hardwick added: “I can achieve all this against a background of continuing Government austerity because I have carried out a thorough and far reaching review of expenditure that has involved every aspect of the way in which we police the County.
“Savings have been identified that I am confident will enable the entirety of my Plan to be implemented effectively and also mean that I can set a budget and precept within Government parameters.”
“In the Plan, I have recognised that partnership working is vital. It is impossible to prevent crime and ensure the safety of our communities without us all working together.
“In addition to the commitments I have made in the Plan, in the coming weeks I will announce how I will fund community safety initiatives and projects that support victims.”