Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner wants more Government funding for county

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Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is determined to get more Government money for the county’s police force.

Alan Hardwick was among the 41 commissioners in England and Wales to attend a meeting with Home Secretary Theresa May and Policing Minister Damian Green in London last week.

While he was unable to speak to the Home Secretary in person, he has invited her to come to Lincolnshire to see how the force spends its £65m grant.

Mr Hardwick said Lincolnshire council taxpayers contribute more per head towards policing than any other force area in England.

He added: “I regard Lincolnshire Police as exemplary because we are, I think, the most cost-effective and efficient police force in the country.

“So I decided that, because we are a success story, the Home Secretary really needs to come to the county to talk to myself and police officers.

“I’ve invited Mrs May to a meeting in Lincolnshire and even though I don’t expect her response to be immediate, I’m encouraged in my ambition to get her to come to the county and talk with us about its challenges.”

At the same meeting all police and crime commissioners were reminded that they were required to publish their expenses online.

Mr Hardwick was one of those who had not done so at the time of the meeting, but his office published the figures at www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk on Wednesday.

Council taxpayers in Lincolnshire will foot the bill for a legal case after Mr Hardwick suspended acting chief constable Neil Rhodes in February for allegedly mishandling the employment tribunal of a lawyer from another force.

His suspension was overturned by a High Court judge and the legal costs will now fall on the taxpayer.

Mr Rhodes is back at work while an independent review of his conduct is carried out by Chief Constable of Manchester police, Sir Peter Fahy.

Mr Hardwick’s office has yet to reveal the cost of the case but said a figure would be revealed in the coming weeks.