Tackling anti-social behaviour Lancashire police's 'top priority'

ANTI-social behaviour will be top of the agenda in Lancashire over the next 12 months, according to the chief executive of county's police authority.

Miranda Carruthers-Watt said the policing plan for the next financial year would have a ‘strong emphasis’ on anti-social actions - because that’s 'what the public was asking for'.

Ms Carruthers-Watt spoke ahead of Lancashire Police Authority week,designed to raise the profile of what the authority does.

She said: “It is important for us to know why people feel confident in their community or what things they’d like to see changed. People need to know they can have a say on what the priorities.

“A quarter of the police budget comes from council tax, that’s an average of £140 per Band D household each year. We want to hear how people want their money spending.

“The standard service from the police and their performance is high. We are there to get under their skin and with rigorous scrutiny, it will stay that way.”

Ahead of February’s budget announcements, Ms Carruthers-Watt said ensuring value for money was crucial and but that corners could not be cut.

“We’re no different to the rest of the country. We’re all facing difficult times. There’s a very strong emphasis on value for money. It wouldn’t be believable to say there will be no changes. Every public sector body is looking at reduced budgets.

“But we must remember we’re dealing with people’s lives who daily go into incredibly difficult and dangerous situations. They must have what they need to be able to do that.

“The authority’s job is to hold the constabulary to account as a high performing body, despite the financial circumstances. It’s a difficult equation - one very much at the forefront.”

The chief executive, who has a background in criminal law, said she remained opposed to political interference, in the form of the Conservative party’s suggestion of locally elected police commissioners.

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12:32pm Sun 24 Jan 10

happycyclist says...

It's a pity the courts and judges aren't asking the publlic what they want. It's no good the police rounding all the anti-social elements up if the courts aren't going to do anything with them.
It's a pity the courts and judges aren't asking the publlic what they want. It's no good the police rounding all the anti-social elements up if the courts aren't going to do anything with them. happycyclist
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12:46pm Sun 24 Jan 10

past it says...

Having seen what has gone on in Edlington, and that mother that killed herself and her daughter due to bullying. The whole issue is deeper and more worrying than ANTI-social behaviour, people are dying due to this, I dont have the answers to the problem so dont jump down my throat. But may-be the old saying "spare the rod spoil the child" is true.
Having seen what has gone on in Edlington, and that mother that killed herself and her daughter due to bullying. The whole issue is deeper and more worrying than ANTI-social behaviour, people are dying due to this, I dont have the answers to the problem so dont jump down my throat. But may-be the old saying "spare the rod spoil the child" is true. past it
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1:06pm Sun 24 Jan 10

Stone Cold says...

I still firmly believe we have the best police force in the world and this county has the best police force in the country. Sure, there are bad apples and lazy devils amongst their ranks, but the vast majority are excellent. Unfortunately, the govt are obsessed with figures and expenditure therefore the cops have their hands tied at every turn, plus the pathetic justice system and lack of deterrent. I dont think the problem is with the cops, but others in the judicial system. It needs a radical overhaul - career criminals should be going to prison for long periods (ie petty thieves). The ones who prey on the elderly, defenceless people and kids need locking up forever so they can never ever be a danger to society again. Young offenders need to be given the birch or other such similar punishment and their parents benefits stopped.
This country is on it's knees. Another 10yrs of labour power will have it face down in the dirt.
I still firmly believe we have the best police force in the world and this county has the best police force in the country. Sure, there are bad apples and lazy devils amongst their ranks, but the vast majority are excellent. Unfortunately, the govt are obsessed with figures and expenditure therefore the cops have their hands tied at every turn, plus the pathetic justice system and lack of deterrent. I dont think the problem is with the cops, but others in the judicial system. It needs a radical overhaul - career criminals should be going to prison for long periods (ie petty thieves). The ones who prey on the elderly, defenceless people and kids need locking up forever so they can never ever be a danger to society again. Young offenders need to be given the birch or other such similar punishment and their parents benefits stopped. This country is on it's knees. Another 10yrs of labour power will have it face down in the dirt. Stone Cold
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2:26pm Sun 24 Jan 10

happycyclist says...

Good post, Stone Cold.
Good post, Stone Cold. happycyclist
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2:35pm Sun 24 Jan 10

Stone Cold says...

happycyclist wrote:
Good post, Stone Cold.
Cheers mate!!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Good post, Stone Cold.[/p][/quote]Cheers mate!! Stone Cold
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3:29pm Sun 24 Jan 10

Jimpster says...

10 years !!!!! some may say were already there. Do-gooding think tanks and the 70's hippies that now decide policy are to blame as much as that ever slagged off Human rights act, which now protects the criminals and scum more than the victims.
10 years !!!!! some may say were already there. Do-gooding think tanks and the 70's hippies that now decide policy are to blame as much as that ever slagged off Human rights act, which now protects the criminals and scum more than the victims. Jimpster
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7:48am Mon 25 Jan 10

AnthonyUK says...

Why are the police constantly soft on the kids with dogooding restorative justice rather than punishments then? In my day you were smacked for doingwrong and this has been whittled down to nothing because of the don't smack brigade!
Why are the police constantly soft on the kids with dogooding restorative justice rather than punishments then? In my day you were smacked for doingwrong and this has been whittled down to nothing because of the don't smack brigade! AnthonyUK
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7:11pm Mon 25 Jan 10

Stone Cold says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Why are the police constantly soft on the kids with dogooding restorative justice rather than punishments then? In my day you were smacked for doingwrong and this has been whittled down to nothing because of the don't smack brigade!
It's not the cops, it's down to Govt proposals. Labour have taken this country to it's knees. Are you a bit slow Anthony?
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Why are the police constantly soft on the kids with dogooding restorative justice rather than punishments then? In my day you were smacked for doingwrong and this has been whittled down to nothing because of the don't smack brigade![/p][/quote]It's not the cops, it's down to Govt proposals. Labour have taken this country to it's knees. Are you a bit slow Anthony? Stone Cold
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