A COUNCILLOR who has pledged to protect community policing and police community support officers has been elected as Lancashire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.
Clive Grunshaw, the former Wyre Labour Group leader will take up the £85,000 a year PCC role which will see him manage the county’s police budget.
He is set to outline his priorities and key initiatives when along with Chief Constable Steve Finnigan he meets with policing students from UCLan at a special briefing at the university.
Speaking this week, he announced he would continue in his role as Wyre borough councillor for Fleetwood and county councillor for the short term.
He said: “I have resigned from my position as leader of Wyre Labour Group. In the short term, I will continue my roles as a District and County Councillor. I will make an announcement on my future in these roles in the new year.”
He continued: “I am aware it would be very difficult to plan, promote and facilitate a by-election, for all concerned, so close the festive season.
“There is also a considerable cost to holding by-elections and it is important not to waste funds when it is only a short time until the County elections next May.
“rrangements are already in place to ensure I can commit fully to the demands of my role as PCC while honouring my commitments to Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council.”
One of the main challenges facing the new Commissioner will be to assess the future for police and community support officers (PCSOs). That budget is ring-fenced until April next year.
Wyre Council part-funds 10 PCSOs across Garstang and the borough; the current agreement over the £110,000 a year funding is up for review in March.