Crime level fall praised – as budget cutbacks bite

County Coun Malcolm Doherty
County Coun Malcolm Doherty
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Police watchdogs have commended the latest figures that show overall crime continues to fall in Lancashire – despite cuts to the police budget.

Figures presented to members of Lancashire Police Authority show between April and November this year, all recorded crime fell by 5.1 per cent while burglary, robbery and vehicle crime saw a reduction of 10.2 per cent.

Coun Malcolm Doherty, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority, said: “These figures paint a very optimistic picture of the police service in Lancashire and are even more valuable than in previous years considering the current financial challenge we face.

“From the start we have made it clear that we intend to do everything possible to protect our performance and the high standards that have gained the force national recognition when addressing our funding constraints and these figures prove the merit in our decisions.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of Lancashire police officers and staff that we have been able to not only retain our high performance, but improve on it, which one might have originally considered impossible given the financial hardship we faced.

“One of the secrets of our continued progress is the fact that we never take our foot of the pedal and become complacent.”