Police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire sets out his policing plan

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Police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire Alan Hardwick has published his proposed police and crime plan.

In his plan, published online today, Mr Hardwick outlines his vision for Lincolnshire Police over the next four years.

He said: “During my election campaign I spoke to many hundreds of Lincolnshire residents about my vision for policing the county in which we are privileged to live. There was a great deal of positivity, and I was heartened by the number of people who spoke publicly and privately to me about their problems and ideas; about the value of volunteers, about victims and witnesses of crime, and about the vulnerable in society.

“I was constantly reminded of my obligations to the people of Lincolnshire, and I am pleased to say that, in letters and e-mail, and at meetings since my election as the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, that level of engagement is continuing.

“I am confident that my proposed police and crime plan reflects their priorities. The people of Lincolnshire have put their faith and trust in me, and I have no intention of letting them down.”

The main points include:

* Maintaining 1,100 police officers, bringing forward the recruitment of 23 police officers.

* Introducing Volunteer Police Community Support Officers (VPCSOs), with the aim of building up a team of 1,000 volunteers. This will also include an expansion of the special constabulary and non-uniform volunteer roles.

* Police officers will wear uniforms when on duty and all police vehicles will be clearly marked, unless there are operational reasons not to do so. This is a bid to increase visibility.

* Police stations will not be closed where there is a demonstrable operational/community need.

* Community safety initiatives and projects that support victims will be funded.

* A zero tolerance approach to unlawful and nuisance street drinking will reduce anti-social behaviour.

Mr Hardwick said: “In summary, 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. 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.”

The plan is to go before the county’s police and crime panel next month.

To comment on points in the plan, e-mail Lincolnshire-pcc@lincs.pnn.police.uk or write to Mr Hardwick at Deepdale Lane, Nettleham, Lincoln LN2 2LT, by January 28.