Front line cuts pledge

Chief Superintendant Richard Bayly
Chief Superintendant Richard Bayly

WYRE’S police chief has pledged to keep as many bobbies on the beat as possible.

Chief Supt Richard Bayly of Northern Division, which covers Wyre, pledged to make sure no police would be taken away from neighbourhood policing.

He made his comments after Lancashire Police announced it had to make savings of £41m as part of the Government’s spending review.

Around 150 front line officers are expected to be lost across the county as part of the savings, either through non-replacement or redeployment, due to the fact officers cannot be made redundant.

However, Chief Supt Bayly said: “In terms of neighbourhood policing, there will be no cuts taking place. Numbers will remain the same.

“The public should not see any significant changes whatsoever.

“Neighbourhood policing is the crux of what we do and we’ll continue to use that footing to deliver excellent results.”

The police chief said that the majority of savings would come from behind the scenes support work, including criminal justice, communications and intelligence, as part of a Lancashire-wide review.

Chief Supt Bayly added: “We are looking at the processes involved in how we deliver our business.

“We are known for providing a high-quality service and our ambition is to continue; we’ll look to improve wherever we can to provide reassurance to the public.

“It will be business as usual.”

And the divisional commander paid tribute to his teams of officers, adding: “They are really proud to be part of this division and will continue to be hard-working officers for residents.”