Police cuts on agenda

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RESIDENTS in villages including Appley Bridge, Parbold, Wrightington and Up Holland are invited to have a say on policing ahead of proposed spending cuts.

Lancashire Constabulary is faced with making savings of around £43.75m over the next four years, which it hopes to do while limiting the impact on the front line and quality of service provided to residents.

The Constabulary has already identified savings of over £14m, largely through reductions to non-front line services and is now considering options to find the remaining money.

Residents will be able to give their views on neighbourhood policing, response police and their preferred way of contacting the police by logging on to www.lancashire.police.uk and completing a short survey.

The type of questions they will be asked to answer include, how they would prefer to report crime and how they think calls should be prioritised.

People will also be asked about their knowledge of neighbourhood policing, including how they would prefer to have their say on policing priorities and where they think cuts could be made to neighbourhood teams, if that becomes necessary.