Commissioner: Police getting shabby deal

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Lincolnshire Police’s newly elected voice of the public has promised to secure a fairer deal after years of ‘shabby’ treatment and under funding.

Police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick believes his new role will give Lincolnshire “more clout” in lobbying the 
government for change, despite the election’s poor voter 
turnout.

In the first of his monthly interviews, he said: “I don’t 
see how any government 
can turn its back, ignore or 
sideline someone who speaks for the entire county - they’ve never been in that situation before.

“I’m utterly confident that I can make the government 
listen and that I can make inroads into what I said in my pre-election speeches, which should be a fairer deal for Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire has been dealt with shabbily in so many ways.”

Focusing on public concerns highlighted during his time canvassing for the election, Mr Hardwick said his most pressing issues were the budget and retaining frontline police officers.

He said: “The people of Lincolnshire are extremely concerned about the future of the thin blue line.

“With the help and 
cooperation of the chief 
constable, through adult 
conversations, not held 
behind closed doors, we 
can preserve, at least, the 
thin blue line, preserve numbers of front line officers, preserve the neighbourhood policing teams and then, hopefully, in the not too distant future, start to build on these numbers - I don’t think that’s impossible.”

Anti-social behaviour and street drinking will also be high priorities, which he has pledged to take a firm stance against.

“I’m very clear on this - I 
will adopt a zero tolerance 
policy to street drinking,” he said.

Following his narrowly 
won election victory on 
November 15, Mr Hardwick 
has already appointed his 
support team and visited Whitehall on Monday to begin ‘fighting’ for a better budget, which he must set by the end of December.

As the democratically 
elected public voice of 
Lincolnshire, he has urged 
the county’s residents to 
raise their “views, 
observations and suggestions” with him to help him set police priorities.

“Only by finding out at a 
local level what sort of 
policing this county needs 
can we hope to target 
resources to the areas 
where they will do most good,” he said.