Lincolnshire Police numbers will not be cut any further promises commissioner Alan Hardwick

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has unveiled plans to maintain police officer numbers in the county at 1,100 ‘with no further reductions’.

He made the pledge this morning (Monday) as he unveiled his proposed Police and Crime Plan.

Other key priorities he has identified in the plan include the introduction of Volunteer Police Community Support Officers which, alongside an expansion in the county’s Special Constabulary, could, he believes see a “uniform officer in every Lincolnshire Community”.

He also pledged that police stations would not be closed where “there is a demonstrable operational/community need”.

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.

Other key highlights of the plan include additional opportunities to volunteer in non-uniform roles, and rules that all police officers wear uniform while on duty, unless there are operational reasons not to.

All police vehicles involved in front line policing would also be clearly marked.

The commissioner 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.”