Police and Crime Commissioner vows ‘relentless push for improvements’

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
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New Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has released a report showing a reduction in crime of 14 per cent.

Mr Hardwick, who was voted in as the first Lincolnshire Crime Commissioner in November of last year, said the figures show Lincolnshire Police in a favourable light in comparison to other forces but added that there will be no complacency.

Mr Hardwick said: “Recorded crime continues to decrease and the overall detection of crime is up.

“However, there are some aspects of service that could be developed and I will be relentless in pushing for improvements.

“Linked to this is my pledge to ensure that we will get the best value for money from every pound that is spent.”

The report focuses on crimes committed between April of last year and January of this.

It highlights a 14 per cent reduction in recorded crime. Lincolnshire Police now has the 16th lowest rate of recorded crime in the country out of 43 forces. The force was ranked 23rd in December, 2011.

Mr Hardwick’s report also trumpets a 25 per cent reduction in criminal damage and a 13.5 per cent cut in anti-social behaviour.

Burglary saw a small reduction, however the detection rate for burglaries also slumped slightly by 3.3 per cent.

Mr Hardwick said: “The force is implementing plans to improve detection rates.

“I will vigorously monitor progress.”

Mr Hardwick said the next report will be issued in May.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has accepted an invitation to appear at a public meeting on March 5 - and not March 7 as appeared in last week’s paper.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers in St Peter’s Hill, Grantham at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.