Policing on the Fylde coast came under the spotlight as shoppers took time out to air their views.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)was at the Houndshill Shopping Centre on Friday to talk to members of the public about the challenges facing the force.
I met and chatted with a number of people who came specifically to the Houndshill Shopping Centre to talk to me about policing and crimeClive Grunshaw
His visit kicked off a tour of the county planned over the course of the summer.
It forms part of a review of the county’s Police and Crime Plan, with views being used to help influence the direction of the force over the coming years.
Clive Grunshaw, PCC for Lancashire, said: “I met and chatted with a number of people who came specifically to the Houndshill Shopping Centre to talk to me about policing and crime.
“They included residents who wanted to talk about issues in their area, as well as people representing businesses and communities.
“I was also delighted to talk to one woman who had come along just to say thank you to the police for the support officers had given her over the years when she needed them.”
The Police and Crime Plan was drawn up six months into Mr Grunshaw’s term in office and sets out a list of priorities for Lancashire Police.
It covers a five-year period, from 2013 to 2018, and focuses on frontline policing, protecting victims and the vulnerable and cutting re-offending rates.
The review comes as police chiefs say demand on officers has increased as more time is spent on crime prevention and dealing with people with mental health issues. The force is also facing huge funding cuts, which look set to hit £100m by 2021.
Mr Grunshaw added: “All of the information people told me on the day was noted and people also filled in forms talking about their police and crime priorities, as well as their thoughts on neighbourhood policing and 101.
“There is a series of consultation events planned to take place all over the county over the summer, and at the end, all of the information will go together as part of a review of my police and crime plan, which is due to be presented to the Police and Crime Panel in October.
“People who are unable to attend the events, but still want to have their say, should look out for the survey on my website.
“If anybody would like a survey to be posted out to them, they should contact my office.”
For more information about the Police and Crime Plan and the survey, visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk or call 01772 533587.