Nigel today spoke in the House of Commons in support of the local and neighbourhood policing of Lancashire Constabulary and asked Home Office Minister Mike Penning to guarantee that it will continue to receive adequate funding.
Speaking in the House of Commons chamber Mr Evans said,
‘I want to praise the work of Lancashire Constabulary in my own county. Will the Minister assure the House that Lancashire Constabulary will have sufficient resources to carry on the great work they have done over the next 5 years of a Conservative Government.’
To which the Minister responded,
‘Crime is down by a 5th across the country and by 9% in the Ribble Valley because we have proven that you can do more with less.’
Speaking after the debate Mr Evans said,
“I welcome the response of the Minister and look forward to him making good on his assurances that Lancashire Constabulary will be supported.
Crime in Lancashire is down 19% since 2011, with incidents of robbery down 41.7% in the past 12 months alone and it is important that this trend continues.
The safety and security of citizens is a Government’s most important task and it is vital that Lancashire Constabulary have enough resources and police numbers to keep the public safe.
This is particularly true in areas such as the Ribble Valley where residents pay their taxes and deserve the same level of service, even when crime is low.”