FLEETWOOD’S Clive Grunshaw has been named the first police and crime commissioner for Lancashire.
Mr Grunshaw, a full-time councillor in Wyre where he now leads the Labour group, since 1994 and a Lancashire County Councillor since 1999, beat the Conservative’s Tim Ashton, from Lytham, to the role by 6,000 votes.
He won nine of the 14 districts in the county, with Mr Ashton taking four and Liberal Democrat Afzal Anwar, one.
Robert Drobny of the UK Independence party failed to win any of the district votes.
Mr Grunshaw’s pledge before the election was: “My aim in standing for election for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner is so that I can ensure that Lancashire Police are accessible and deliver the protection, security and service that the people of Lancashire deserve.
“I have significant experience in policing and I am the only candidate who has been a member of Lancashire Police Authority.
“Indeed for the past four years I have been chair of the resources committee which has had the challenge of identifying the savings enforced on Lancashire Police through the budget cuts.
“If elected I will carry out my role by engaging with the public of Lancashire, listening to their concerns and then adjusting the Police and Crime Plan accordingly. I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure that the priorities are delivered effectively and efficiently.
“I will also be a champion for equality and diversity and represent all the communities across Lancashire irrespective of race or religion. This is something that will make all our lives more safe and secure.”
His pledges included:
Defending front-line policing and maintaining a visible policing presence;
Protecting neighbourhood policing, particularly PCSOs;
Ensuring swift and effective response to reports of anti-social behaviour;
Prioritising the fight against domestic violence and child sexual exploitation;
Championing the rights of the victim; and
Targeting persistent and prolific offenders.
Mr Grunshaw added: “My aim is to for Lancashire to have the best police force in the UK and this can only be achieved through partnership not confrontation.”