A group of Lincolnshire’s Conservative MPs have held a roundtable with the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, to receive an update after his first 18 months in office, and to address key issues including future funding and the changing nature of crime.
Marc Jones PCC highlighted the many positive steps which have been taken since his election, including bringing in sobriety tags to combat alcohol-fuelled crime, a new rural community safety strategy, online crime reporting, and the joint Police and Fire HQ in Nettleham, which the force received £7.6 million of funding from the Home Office to establish.
The group, including Sir Edward Leigh MP, Nick Boles MP, Matt Warman MP and Victoria Atkins MP, also discussed the challenges of policing in a rural, sparsely populated region, and how they can work together for the best possible outcomes for Lincolnshire, both in securing funding and reducing crime.
The meeting follows a recent visit to Lincolnshire’s Police HQ by Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP, at which he heard about the Force’s recent investments and advancements, especially in the use of technology to help frontline officers. The Minister and the PPC also discussed the changing nature of demand on police resources.
After the update meeting, Matt Warman MP commented, “Lincolnshire Police achieve remarkable results with very limited resources, making us the fourth-safest county in the country. Marc Jones has skillfully used reserves and extra grants to make real progress since his election – but I know it would be helpful to see a long-term solution to police funding with a new, Fairer Funding Formula. The Government has delivered this for education and is looking at it for local government. It’s vital for policing too. It was very helpful to meet with Marc to discuss how we can collaborate to get the best possible resources for the police in our county. While Lincolnshire is one of the safest counties to live in, there is always more work to do to protect people from crime and anti-social behaviour. Lincolnshire’s MPs will continue to work together, alongside our PCC, to lobby the Government for the resources that our police force deserve.”
Marc Jones PPC said, “It was a very positive and productive meeting with our local MPs and I’m delighted with the support they have given me.
A great deal of progress has been made by my office in terms of creating efficient and effective force with developments in new technology, clear strategies for tackling rural crime and joint working. The future funding for policing in Lincolnshire is an absolutely crucial issue for the whole county and all the MPs understood and supported the need for a resolution as soon as possible.”