Chris Maughan is seeking the Labour nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire. If you are intending to stand to be Police and Crime Commissioner where you live, you can submit your own Candidate Statement, so get in touch. Others are on the way, and we are looking for 400 words, a photo (of you!) that you have rights to, and preferably an imprint, which will be needed for the formal election period later this year.
I hope to secure the Labour nomination and in November be elected Lancashire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. As the councillor who chairs the scrutiny committee and sits on the licensing and public protection committees I have seen how interlinked public services are, how decisions and policies taken by one body can directly affect another, how crucial housing is to public safety and welfare, and how community engagement can dramatically reduce crime. As a member of the Blackpool community safety partnership I have seen how effective good partnership work can be and the potential for this to go further.
My vision for Lancashire Police is to be the best, strive for excellence and go beyond expectation; a get it right first-time approach to policing. The police are there to protect and serve the community. As commissioner I will ingrain this vision of policing.
The central theme to my approach will be that policing needs to be opened up through increased cooperation and communication with local communities, victims of crime and relevant partners. I will expect the police to demonstrate a commitment to a more targeted, efficient and effective customer focused police service, as well as reducing cross service duplication.
Effective partnership working with health providers, schools, local authorities, charities, community groups, criminal justice and offender management is crucial if we expect to open the door on hidden, hard hitting crimes such as domestic violence and child sexual exploitation. Residents of Lancashire will see Commissioner Chris Maughan make a priority of uncovering these crimes so that offenders can be punished and victims supported. I will create new and support existing multi-agency hubs to ensure a rapid and coordinated response to instances of these crimes.
I am committed to protecting and developing neighbourhood policing. This vital service has led to a reduction by nearly half in criminal damage since 05/06. I will commit Lancashire Police to see further reductions in criminal damage, ASB cases and increases in public satisfaction with the service provided by the police. This must continue, even under reduced budgets.
In order for Lancashire to be the best, a citizen focused, cooperative and innovative force must continue to be developed. Whilst the cuts are real and hurting, we have to make the best of the situation, take the opportunity to focus policing, develop new approaches to public protection and work with partners to provide the best possible public service.
Cllr Chris Maughan, Labour councillor for Blackpool and Lancashire Police Authority member.
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