Fears for police if budget cut further

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
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Crippling cuts have today been branded the biggest challenge facing policing in Lancashire by the county’s crime chief.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has highlighted his concerns over how the force will cope if the budget continues to come under the same pressure it did during his first year in charge.

Looking back on a “whirlwind” 12 months, he said he was more convinced than ever that Police and Crime Commissioners are having a positive impact across the country.

The former Fleetwood councillor said: “PCCs have been far more positive than police authorities because they are more accountable to the public.

“We have had a fantastic response from the public, which has been quite reassuring given the low turn-out at the election.”

The Labour candidate has had his ups and downs since becoming Lancashire’s first PCC, including an investigation into expenses claims made during his time as a county councillor.

Mr Grunshaw added: “The constantly changing goal posts around the budget have been a real frustration.

“I feel we need a period of consolidation but I don’t think that is going to happen.

“The challenge is to deliver policing with constantly reducing resources.

“We are still able to deliver that service but the concern is in two or three years’ time.

“We are committed to doing that – it is not an impossible task – but there is a concern that the cuts are too fast and too deep.

“That will inevitably have some impact but the police have responded magnificently so far.

“Policing is one of those key services that people really do value and this has been a real opportunity for me.”

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