Work to start on police poll results

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Students from the University of Lincoln have started work on analysing the findings of a public survey on plans to recruit up to 1,000 volunteers for the county’s police force.

The survey is a crucial test for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick whose plan to train volunteers to work alongside the police in both frontline and office roles is estimated to cost £1.5 million over a three-year period.

Parish councillors from Crowland and Holbeach have raised questions about the plan, claim that council tax payers were already providing considerable funding for the police.

But Mr Hardwick said: “We’re getting a steady stream of interest of people who, I know, do a lot of good work already.”