Labour’s PCC candidate promises strong and swift response to anti-social behaviour

Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate, says victims should get a response to anti-social behaviour complaints within 24 hours and has slammed the Tory-led Government for making people wait longer.

Clive said: “The Tories are weakening action on antisocial behaviour, scrapping ASBOs for weaker measures and making people wait longer for a response. People in Lancashire know that’s not good enough.

“I will work with our Chief Constable to ensure victims get a swift response. People should get a response within 24 hours.

“The Tories have gone soft on crime and anti-social behaviour. The Tory candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Ashton, supports cutting our police officers and now scrapping tough measures like ASBOs. This is a disgrace; it is simply not acceptable to make victims wait even longer?”

The Government have published proposals to weaken anti-social behaviour tools and make people wait longer for aresponse from the police. They are:

·Scrapping ASBOs and replacing them with weaker tools that don’t even result in a criminal record if people ignore them
·Making people wait until 3 separate complaints about anti-social behaviour, or complaints from 5 different households, have been made before getting a police response
·Making it harder for the police to get CCTV cameras to prevent antisocial behaviour by wrapping up the process in red tape
·Cutting over 550 police officers from Lancashire, meaning fewer police working to tackle antisocial behaviour
Clive is pledging to work with Steve Finnegan, Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary, to ensure victims of anti-social behaviour get a strong and swift response.  He will:

·Victims should get a response to antisocial behaviour within 24 hours and not have to wait until 5 different households complain
·The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire should tell the Tory-led Government in no uncertain terms they should not scrap ASBOs
·And the police response should be able to use strong tools, such as ASBOs, and make sure low-level anti-social behaviour is dealt with quickly and those responsible clear up their own mess

1. The election for Lancashire’s first PCC takes place on November 15. The deadline to register to vote in the PCC elections is midnight on October 31

2. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) latest report confirmed the North West will lose nearly 3,000 police officers by 2015 including 550 in Lancashire.

3. Lancashire Police job cuts ‘causing more crime’ – BBC Lancashire June 6, 2012
The loss of hundreds of police officers following funding cuts has contributed to a rise in crime, Lancashire Police’s acting chief constable has said.
The force, which has an annual budget of £287m, has to save £42m over four years.