Gordon and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw have met with residents from across Blackpool for a Forum on Policing to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
The event held at St Paul’s Church in Marton, also included contributions from Maureen Le Marinel from the trade union Unison, who had worked for Lancashire Constabulary for 32 years, and also Inspector Chris Hardy, who gave a detailed presentation on the town’s new Police Station, which is being planned for the former Progress House site.
Both Gordon and Clive, who have been at the forefront of the campaign opposing further Government cuts to Lancashire Constabulary, used the event to emphasise the importance of protecting Neighbourhood Policing.
Gordon said: "I was pleased to have Clive with us for what was an important event on policing – it allowed local people to hear about the proactive work he continues to do in protecting neighbourhood policing in what are extremely challenging times. As the people’s voice on policing, it also gave him the opportunity to hear the bread and butter issues that mattered most to people in Blackpool."
"Under the current Government, Lancashire has been given a pretty raw deal with further Police cuts and then a Government funding formula for policing which was later identified as “flawed” – both issues I challenged David Cameron on at Prime Minister’s Questions last November, on two separate occasions. Despite all these obstacles, Clive has done an excellent job and that’s why earlier this year, Lancashire Police was once again described as one of the best forces in the country by the Inspectorate of Constabulary."
Clive added: "As Commissioner I regularly meet residents at events like this across Lancashire and it was great to get the chance to speak to people in Marton about their policing priorities for the area. We had the opportunity to talk about Blackpool's new Divisional HQ, tackling the issues of drug crime in the town and the important role of PCSOs.
"Despite a difficult financial situation for Lancashire, where we have had to find £75m in savings since 2010, I was pleased to be able to tell people about positive investment in the new police station, electronic devices for officers to make police work more efficient and the recruitment of new officers and PCSOs across Lancashire."
Following the contributions from Clive and the other speakers, Gordon took questions on a range of issues from the increasing use of technology in policing, the Government’s current Police and Crime Bill and tackling Anti-Social Behaviour.