Police supremo Clive Grunshaw has praised Lancashire’s dwindling force for the way it has handled a massive shake-up brought about by Government economies.
The county’s Crime Commissioner, who has lodged a protest with Whitehall over the size of the cuts, reckons that despite wholesale changes which officially came in on April 1 it was still “business as usual” in the public’s eyes.
“Officers and staff have dealt with the changes well and I must thank them for their continued hard work,” he said. “These were difficult decisions to take and I have voiced my disappointment to the Government about the level of cuts they have forced on Lancashire. But unfortunately that is the situation we find ourselves in and it is my responsibility, together with the Chief Constable, to ensure we are making the best use of the resources available to us while still effectively serving Lancashire’s residents.”
Under the shake-up Lancashire’s six geographical police divisions have been replaced by just three. Preston, Leyland, Chorley, Bamber Bridge, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale have merged to form a new South Division. West Division sees Blackpool and the Fylde Coast join up with Lancashire, Morecambe, Fleetwood and Garstang.
And East Division merges Blackburn, Accrington, Clitheroe and Longridge with Burnley, Nelson and Colne.
Mr Grunshaw added: “Although April 1 marked the formal implementation of the Constabulary’s new structure, many of the changes had already taken place. Officers and staff across the force are getting used to a new way of working.”