Have your say on police

Alan Hardwick meeting Spalding's PCSO Colin Abbotts and volunteer Clarke Converse at a police engagement event at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston.
Alan Hardwick meeting Spalding's PCSO Colin Abbotts and volunteer Clarke Converse at a police engagement event at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston.

You have just two days to have your say on how your town or village is policed.

That is the message from community policing inspector for South Holland Jim Tyner.

A consultation run by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick ahead of setting the amount taxpayers will pay towards the force for 2015-16 is due to end tomorrow.

It asks the public if they wish to keep the county’s 1,100 police and 149 police community support officers (PCSOs) on the streets as well as a number of other questions on policing priorities.

Insp Tyner said: “This is an important opportunity for local people to make a difference to local policing.”

Lincolnshire continues to have the lowest policing costs in the country per head of population, but the force’s work becomes “increasingly harder” with less money available.

Mr Hardwick said: “In 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded Lincolnshire Police as ‘outstanding’ in delivering affordable policing.

“And the Prime Minister has thanked us publicly for our hard work in achieving reductions in crime in the face of budget reductions.

“We are constantly striving to make your police force as efficient and effective as possible. By doing things like investing in technology the officers we have are better equipped to do their jobs.

“They can also spend more time in the community without needing to return to a police station.”

However, he argues that the county already receives the lowest government funding per head of population.

He said: “So I and the Chief Constable continue to work hard, meeting ministers and civil servants, to make the case for a fairer deal for Lincolnshire.”

The consultation can be filled in online at www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk or by filling in a form at Spalding Police Station and posting it to The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Nettleham, Lincoln, LN2 2LT.