Policing bill revealed by crime chief

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
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Lancashire’s crime chief has laid bare the full extent of spending across the county’s police force for the first time.

police force for the first time.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has published details of all expenditure over £500 for April and May of this year.

The figures reveal almost £360,000 has been spent on petrol for the force’s vehicles, almost £50,000 on police interpreters and £31,794.44 on postage charges.

In addition, £111,832.42 was spent on police uniforms and clothing, £14.305.68 on waste disposal and almost £10,000 on counselling for police officers across the county’s eight policing divisions.

The force has also paid out almost £200,000 to Blackpool Council for various bills.

The figures, publication of which is a statutory requirement, comes following the news police budgets could be slashed by up to six per cent by the Government by 2015/16.

That is despite a further £10m still having to be saved by the force by April 2014, on top of more than £38m of cuts already made.

Today, Mr Grunshaw admitted finding the savings was a struggle.

“Taxpayers have the right to know how their money is being spent, and I aim to be open and transparent,” he added. “We face a difficult challenge already, finding the savings they are already asking of us. We are looking at the options now.

“My job is to go out and listen to what people want from their police services, and they constantly tell me they want to see bobbies on the beat and PCSOs. The challenge is to try and deliver that.”

“There is a range of training that officers have to go through. Lancashire has a good reputation and you’re loathe to say training should be cut, because that impacts on police being able to do their job.”

Some of the spending figures revealed

More than £628,000 was spent on vehicle purchases, with payments to companies including BMW, Renault, Ford, Hyundai and General Motors.

Some £198,131 was paid by the force to Blackpool Council for items including rates on buildings, water and electricity. That includes one rates bill of £167,205 in April.

The force spent £135,445.48 on petrol in April and a further £224,217.39 in May – a total of £359,662.87.

Another £9,816.67 was spent on ‘subsistence’ for the annual Lancashire Police Federation conference which is held in May.