An ex-TV journalist now overseeing policing in Lincolnshire has warned that there is “no quick fix” to the problem of street drinking in Spalding.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick gave the warning during a visit to Spalding on Tuesday for the first of this summer’s community engagement events.
People had the chance to talk to Mr Hardwick, as well as police officers and staff from Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, at the event in Sheep Market.
Mr Hardwick said: “The message is getting across to people that on-street drinking will not be tolerated and the force is doing everything we can to get the message across, time after time after time, with appropriate action where it is needed.
“But nobody should expect a quick fix when it comes to on-street drinking, although I think we’re starting to make inroads into that problem.”
Mr Hardwick, a former presenter of Yorkshire Television’s Calendar evening news programme, also revealed that he was “cautiously optimistic” about plans by the Government to reform the way police forces are funded in England and Wales.
“The Policing Minister Mike Penning has started a period of consultation on the funding formula and we have done such an awful lot of work in Lincolnshire to put forward the county’s case,” Mr Hardwick said.
“I am hopeful that the Government is listening to our case and I am cautiously optimistic about the outcome of the way the new funding formula is to be drawn up.
“It will take into account lots of factors, as the old funding formula did, but it will be a lot more straightforward.
“I hope also that it will benefit Lincolnshire in a way that the old funding formula mitigated against Lincolnshire.”
The community event came during a time when police in the county have a higher public profile through TV programmes such as Police Interceptors and Rookies.
Mr Hardwick said: “Every year, we visit various towns in Lincolnshire and cover the whole gamut of policing – from roads to wildlife – joined by partners from trading standards and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
“People are genuinely interested in how the county is policed and, like our recent appearances on television with Police Interceptors and Rookies, people get a chance to talk to police officers and volunteers who provide support.
“They get to know that the police presence is provided by human beings, ordinary people who do the job on the frontline.”
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