Policing minister Mike Penning MP will visit Lincolnshire today (Monday).
Mr Penning was invited to the county by Lincolnshire Police chief constable Neil Rhodes and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick after a meeting in Westminster. The two men hope to demonstrate why Lincolnshire needs more money from the Government.
The commissioner and I were very positive when we returned from the visit to Westminster and are thoroughly looking forward to showing the minister the force in action.Neil Rhodes, Lincolnshire Police chief constable
Mr Rhodes said: “The Commissioner and I said after our return from the meeting in Westminster last month that it was our intention to continue to make the case with Government for a proper funding base for the force.
“The issue of sustainable funding for Lincolnshire will be top of the agenda when the minister visits and we will be able to explain and demonstrate to him face-to-face the major problem for the force which will arise from 2016. This is when the force faces potential cuts that are quite simply unsustainable so this visit will be an important part of our continuing dialogue with the Government.”
Shortly after the minister’s visit Mr Rhodes is expecting a visit from a fact-finding team of a number of civil servants.
“They will be looking closely at our finances and scrutinising our bid for additional funding through a Home Office special grant,” said Mr Rhodes.
“The commissioner and I were very positive when we returned from the visit to Westminster and are thoroughly looking forward to showing the minister the force in action.”
Mr Hardwick said he and the chief constable were encouraged by the ongoing dialogue with the Home Office.
“The Government is taking notice of Lincolnshire, and if other forces policed like us, the Government could save hundreds of millions of pounds without having to cut us back year after year,” he added.
“We will use the opportunity next week to explain how we have achieved the accolade of ‘outstanding’ in the HMIC report on value for money policing.”
“Everyone is now listening to us. The Government is listening, the Home Secretary is listening, the policing minster is listening. We are being taken seriously. We are a force to be reckoned with in saving money, while delivering outstanding results for the people of Lincolnshire.”