Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner has defended the descision to use volunteers in some tradition policing duties.
Clive Grunshaw said community volunteers taking on roles such as running police station front counters, taking statements, patrolling neighbourhoods and using speed cameras is ‘a great way of strengthening the relationship between the police and the community.’
He said: “We are going through a very difficult time with all the cuts and we know this.
“Our three tier volunteer scheme looks at recruiting cadets, special constables and community volunteers who I believe strongly all have an important part to play.
“The community is constantly telling us they want interaction with the police to continue and volunteers are essential for that.
“This interaction is also a great way of strengthing the relationship between the police and community.”
The Commissioner said volunteers would not have the same powers as police officers and that their main objective is to educate.
Mr Grunshaw said speeding drivers would be able to see first hand the impact of their actions when they saw a member of their community holding a speed gun.
They would then be sent a letter in the post by a police officer explaining they had been seen speeding.
The Commissioner was in the resort yesterday, with Baroness Helen Newlove, the government’s Victim Commissioner.
Baroness Newlove began compaining for victims of crime after her husband Garry was murdered in 2007.
The pair were on a whistlestop of the Fylde Coast meeting victim support charities.
Baroness Newlove said: “I love meeting the charities.
“I want to hear what’s working and what isn’t.”