Police and crime commissioner gives views halfway through term

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It is the halfway point in Alan Hardwick’s four-year term as Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The former journalist was elected into the position, newly-created by the Government to replace police authorities, in mid-November 2012.

Speaking to The Standard last week, Mr Hardwick put forward what he felt he had achieved in his first two years of office.

He said: “I think first and foremost, the chief constable and myself have managed to maintain 1,100 officers on the frontline in this county. When I took over from the police authority, plans were already in train, being mentioned or being considered, to cut the number of officers to 1,068. So, I have stopped that.”

Building on this point, he said he felt that if such a cut had been made, further losses would have been suffered on the frontline.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned, it would have been a slippery slope.”

He also gave falling levels of recorded crime and praise from HM Inspectorate of Constabularies, which graded the force as ‘outstanding’ in delivering affordable policing, as other highlights. He felt policing in Lincolnshire looked to be on a sure footing over the next two years.

He said: “I’m confident we will be able to continue to deliver the sort of policing - the professional, effective, efficient policing - that the people of Lincolnshire deserves. Unlike other forces, we are used to making the best of any money we get, we are used to ringing the best value out of every penny we get.”

He said, however, beyond the end of 2016, if more cuts were to come, there may be ‘difficult decisions’ to make regarding the frontline.

In light of this, he said his message to the Government was to focus on forces where ‘money was being wasted’.

He said: “Just leave us alone, don’t take any more money away from us.”