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Police event gives local people voice

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Lincolnshire Police organised the event to give residents a voice and assure them they are doing everything they can to make the region safer. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG190814-201TW

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Lincolnshire Police organised the event to give residents a voice and assure them they are doing everything they can to make the region safer. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG190814-201TW

Lincolnshire Police hosted a special engagement event at Spalding’s Sheep Market car park to give residents a chance to speak to their local officers and raise their concerns.

The occasion highlighted a number of police initiatives and groups dedicated to dealing with crime in the region.

Community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “The purpose of the day was to bring various elements of policing into our community to allow people who do not normally have contact with the police to speak to local officers and ask any questions they have.

“We also included specialist areas of policing such as the dog team and the roads policing unit.”

Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick attended the event to speak to members of the local force and answer questions from the community.

He said: “We’ve had an exceptional response, people are just so open and honest, they call a spade a spade.

“It has been engagement of the very best kind.”

Mr Hardwick said smaller, low level incidents make up the bulk of complaints but stressed the police know of the issues, are working hard to resolve them and have already made great strides in curbing anti-social behaviour.

He continued: “The problems that people report to me such as speeding through villages and inconsiderate parking are low level, but incredibly annoying things.”

“There is always room for improvement, but we are doing our level best to address them.

“We have anti-social behaviour complaints but the figures speak for themselves, incidents have gone down 18 per cent.”

Mr Hardwick can foresee further cuts to police funding but believes Lincolnshire Police are well prepared for the possibility.

“Here in Lincolnshire we are ready for cuts.

“We’d rather be left alone for the next couple of years or even the next ten years but we are prepared.”

 

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