The Liberal Democrat candidate for the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner is Neil Darby. As a councillor in Preston, Neil is very familiar with the need for our local police to work well within our communities to protect our neighbourhoods. It is important to build a holistic approach for local policing to both care for victims and reduce repeat offences which currently takes up so much police time. By working with other local bodies such as social services, health workers and teachers, the police can work with the wider community to head off many crimes such as antisocial behaviour at the source. This approach can prevent many issues from becoming greater problems over time, freeing police time in the long term and avoiding a constant battle just to keep up with crimes in our community. Neil will also press for Lancashire police to work closely with mental health services. If police are trained to spot incidents where someone is suffering a mental health crisis, they should have a target of one hour to handover to mental health services who are best placed to help. This would help save lives as well as police time. Finally, it is important to recognise that there is a trust issue between the police and some community groups. As PCC Neil would order a review of controversial police policies such as stop and search to ensure that no groups are being disproportionately targeted or harassed. By listening to all in our community the police can rebuild the trust necessary to ensure they can effectively protect everyone equally.
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