Video: Police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick in Stamford

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Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner met members of the public to explain his role and the initiatives he has set up.

Alan Hardwick was in Red Lion Square, Stamford, on Wednesday with assistant chief constable Keith Smy, sergeants and police community support officers.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick during a community engagement event in Red Lion Square, Stamford

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick during a community engagement event in Red Lion Square, Stamford

Chief constable Neil Rhodes was also scheduled to meet the public on Wednesday but was unable to attend.

Mr Hardwick, who was elected to his role in November last year, spent several hours meeting the public and answering their questions.

The commissioner was particularly keen to promote his plan to recruit 1,000 volunteers to help the police force in a variety of roles.

And he was interested to learn what Stamford residents thought of their local police.

Mr Hardwick said: “I am delighted with the response today.

“I am impressed with the way in which it is obvious to me that people here engage with police. There is a good relationship - I can see that myself.

“A lot of people have expressed an interest in helping out as a volunteer.”

Mr Hardwick was also promoting a recruiting drive for PCSOs and officers. The force has not recruited any new officers for three and a half years.

The commissioner said: “The message is that policing in Lincolnshire is being delivered by the gold standard of police forces.

“I have been able to reassure people that despite the financial pressures the force is facing, policing in Lincolnshire is secure.”

Mr Hardwick repeated his promise that police stations would not close.

He also promoted his community and voluntary fund, which offers grants of up to £1,000 to organisations in need.

Recruitment events for new officers will be held in Grantham, Louth, Lincoln and Boston.

Visit the Lincolnshire Police website to find out the dates of the events and learn more about eligibilty criteria for joining the force.