Crime roles face axe

Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner
Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced plans to axe the roles of his deputy and assistants in a major shake-up of his office.

A consultation period has begun with staff over the plans.

The move could affect second-in-command Ibrahim Master, who earns £29,000 a year and is currently being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over alleged ‘misconduct’ after an incident in August.

Three assistants, who receive £20,400 annually each, could also be affected in the move.

Today, Fleetwood-based Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said the restructure was designed to ensure his office is fit for purpose as he enters the second half of his administration.

He said: “When I took up office I wanted to ensure we were able to hit the ground running hence the appointment of police authority members to roles in my administration. They were able to ensure a seamless transition from Police Authority to Police and Crime Commissioner.

“They have undertaken key projects supporting victims of domestic violence, supporting vulnerable people, encouraging more recruitment of BME police officers and PCSOs, and tackling child sexual exploitation.

“They have also helped ensure we have managed the budget well enabling us to recruit new officers to the force this year.”

Mr Grunshaw, who earns £85,000-a-year in his role, added: “I do however feel the time is right to review my office support and look at the team I need in place to continue to deliver my priorities.

“My office is moving towards more digital engagement with our residents; offering better support to victims; and working in partnerships with the many prevention and support agencies we have in our county. The way we police, support and engage is changing and the proposals in this restructure will I believe allow that to happen.

“I must stress however this is a consultation and I will be talking to the team over the coming weeks and seeking their feedback before implementing any changes.”

This is the latest stage in a restructuring that saw Mr Grunshaw’s chief executive Miranda Carruthers Watt’s £122,203-a-year post unexpectedly scrapped in June.

Mr Grunshaw’s first year in post was overshadowed by an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into his expenses. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.