Police chief pledges to cut through red tape

BOLTON’S police officers will have more freedom to tackle local issues, according to the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC Tony Lloyd visited Bolton yesterday to encourage people to give their views on what should be the priority for the police to help him shape his policing plan.

Mr Lloyd said that each community in Greater Manchester has its own challenges and officers need to react to that rather than having forcewide initiatives.

He added: “We don’t want to be putting handcuffs on the police.

“I am not going to be the one putting them in that position.

“We don’t want to be tying up people in red tape and want to allow people with years of experience to do their job.”

The former Labour MP for Stretford, aged 62, said that working with other organisations such as Bolton Council and Victim Support is increasingly important as the number of police officers are being cut.

He added: “It is a real challenge.

“We have lost 1,000 officers and there are another 500 set to go. Enough is enough now.

“We don’t want to turn into a service that can only respond to emergencies.“ Ch Supt David Hull said crime has fallen by 30 per cent in Bolton over the last three or four years.

It fell by nine per cent last year.

He added: “We have made considerable inroads into what the community says is important to them. All of that work takes place in a partnership context.

“Isolated working is behind us and as we move forward with the challenges facing us we have got to get better at working in partnership.”

Mr Lloyd wants people to tell him what their priorities are to shape the plan, which will be published at the end of March.

The draft plan sets out his eight policing objectives for the next four years.

Residents can read the draft priorities and respond at gmpcc.org.uk/yoursay.

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1:10pm Sat 2 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

It'ss not so much that the police are doing a bad job,It's the bleeding heart legal system that not backing them.
It'ss not so much that the police are doing a bad job,It's the bleeding heart legal system that not backing them. boltonnut

5:39pm Sat 2 Feb 13

steveG says...

Bolton has become much easier to police in recent years,primarily because most of us have realised reporting crime is futile.
Bolton has become much easier to police in recent years,primarily because most of us have realised reporting crime is futile. steveG

6:33pm Sat 2 Feb 13

angus macoatup says...

UPHOLD COMMON LAW rather than money robbing statutes
UPHOLD COMMON LAW rather than money robbing statutes angus macoatup

7:33pm Sat 2 Feb 13

normid norm says...

The former Labour MP for Stretford, aged 62, said that working with other organisations such as Bolton Council and Victim Support is increasingly important as the number of police officers are being cut.

Former MP, must have loads of life skills & experience for the job!
Try retirement, at least he will have a gold plated pension!!!
The former Labour MP for Stretford, aged 62, said that working with other organisations such as Bolton Council and Victim Support is increasingly important as the number of police officers are being cut. Former MP, must have loads of life skills & experience for the job! Try retirement, at least he will have a gold plated pension!!! normid norm

7:50pm Sat 2 Feb 13

mr.mark.c says...

steveG wrote:
Bolton has become much easier to police in recent years,primarily because most of us have realised reporting crime is futile.
That would account for the 30% drop in crime, I once phoned the police reporting a gang of youths that was dancing on the roof of an old gentleman's camper van, I got a call back a few hours later asking if they was still there.
Maybe they are too busy herding drunks around Bolton town center ?
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Bolton has become much easier to police in recent years,primarily because most of us have realised reporting crime is futile.[/p][/quote]That would account for the 30% drop in crime, I once phoned the police reporting a gang of youths that was dancing on the roof of an old gentleman's camper van, I got a call back a few hours later asking if they was still there. Maybe they are too busy herding drunks around Bolton town center ? mr.mark.c

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