Neighbourhood policing will remain a priority despite a further squeeze on budgets, Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw pledged during a visit to Blackpool.
Mr Grunshaw was in the resort to meet community representatives at a meeting of The Gateway Area Forum.
He told The Gazette hearing what people at the grassroots level wanted from their police force was vital.
Mr Grunshaw said: “We have put together the police and crime plan which gives the priorities for policing.
“These have to be the priorities of the people of Lancashire so it is essential I go out and meet them and find out what their concerns are, what is happening in their neighbourhoods and what they want from the police.
“In terms of what people are telling me, there are issues around anti-social behaviour which are quite prevalent in Blackpool – in the town centre and also some of the communities around the town.
“There are real concerns about drinking in the streets.
“People have been telling me they want more visible policing and support for PCSOs. It is the connection with the police they want to maintain.”
Mr Grunshaw said despite having to find another £20m of savings over the next three years, neighbourhood policing would remain a vital element of crime-fighting.
He added: “We have already taken out £40m and managed to retain a resilient force which is delivering and crime is reducing.”