Plans for voluntary police on the beat

Commissioner Alan Hardwick with Sgt Gary Joynes in Boston Market Place. DJ
Commissioner Alan Hardwick with Sgt Gary Joynes in Boston Market Place. DJ

Plans to recruit 1,000 volunteer Pcsos and police staff across the county have been revealed by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Commissioner Alan Hardwick has launched his draft plan for the next three years – with key priorities to reduce crime and maintain police numbers.

With an aim to train 1,000 ‘spirited’ members of the community into a variety of roles, this could see plain-clothed volunteers manning the front desk at Boston Police Station.

In the plan, Mr Hardwick writes: “With the help of the chief constable, I am introducing Volunteer Police Community Support Officers (VPCSOs). Together with an expansion of our special constabulary and non-uniform volunteer roles, it is my ambition to have 1,000 Lincolnshire volunteers working alongside our employed officers and staff.”

Speaking to The Standard about his plans affect Boston, he said: “I’m keen to see that the volunteers reflect the demographics of the area and i think that will happen anyway as people come forward.”

Mr Hardwick said volunteers would help to prevent smaller police stations across the county from closing, and increase opening hours.

But he added: “There are no plans to close the Boston station, I can assure you.”

An area the plan focuses on is street crime and anti-social behaviour which Mr Hardwick said Boston is ‘particularly affected by’.

“The vast majority of people in Lincolnshire support my stance on irresponsible street drinking,” he said.

This stance includes taking a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to the issue and booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

“We will welcome any volunteer,” he added. “The main criteria is the desire to help in their community, and it is this public spiritedness that I am appealing to.”

To view the full plan and have your say on it visit www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk