My time in office
Put simply, my role as Commissioner is to be the public voice in policing. When elected to this role, I wanted to ensure that the police service was accessible and transparent, but also accountable to the people of Lancashire. The Police and Crime Plan for the county represents the priorities of the county’s residents as well as key partners like local authorities and others in the criminal justice system.
However, my role is also to be an advocate for Lancashire in ensuring the police have the resources to be able to keep people safe. I know that officers and staff join the police for a whole range of reasons, but in common is the desire to help your community.
The service has faced severe financial pressures across the country since 2010. We have had to accommodate budget reductions and work more efficiently. As Commissioner I have consistently and passionately made the case for Lancashire to be properly resourced. Leading our ‘Cut the Cuts’ campaign, which successfully fought against changes to the Police Funding Formula, I was delighted with the massive support received from the public. With this pressure, we ensured that cuts of over £25m a year, which would have been catastrophic to Lancashire, were stopped in their tracks.
It’s not just about budgets and dealing with money. I am incredibly proud of Lancashire Victims Services, the support service for victims and witnesses of crime across Lancashire. The new hub model we launched this year supports thousands of victims of crime and was praised by the National Victims’ Commissioner on her visit to Lancashire.
I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to deliver my Police and Crime Plan and to maintain Lancashire Constabulary’s excellent reputation. Pushing further to be recognised as an outstanding force will take a lot of work and of course I will continue to support this. By working together we can ensure the people of Lancashire are receiving the high standard of service they have come to expect from the police.
I am proud to represent our county, it’s great history and our diverse communities.