Officer numbers maintained with help from volunteers in Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner's plans
Volunteer Police Community Support Officers (VPCSOs) could be introduced in Lincolnshire as part of the new police and crime plan for the county.
Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick has published his proposed plans which include the recruitment of 1,000 VCPCOs to work alongside employed officers and staff.
Alan Hardwick said: "This is part of a wider plan to offer more opportunities for the people of Lincolnshire to make a real contribution to the policing of our County."
Also outlined is that the number of police officers will be maintained at 1,100 which has resulted in the recruitment of 23 officers being brought forward.
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To maintain visible police presence, in future, officers will wear their uniform when on duty and all police vehicles involved in front line policing will be clearly marked, unless there is an operational reason not to.
In order to avoid the closure of police stations the possibility is being explored of shared usage with the local community.
Street drinking was also targeted in the plan with a commitment made to zero tolerance of unlawful and nuisance street drinking.
Mr Hardwick said: "In summary, I believe I have a plan that will see crime reduce, deliver a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire and provide police and services that are there when you need them.
"I can achieve all this against a background of continuing Government austerity because I have carried out a thorough and far reaching review of expenditure that has involved every aspect of the way in which we police the County.
"Savings have been identified that I am confident will enable the entirety of my plan to be implemented effectively and also mean that I can set a budget and precept within Government parameters."
The Police and Crime Commissioner also stressed that the views of the public would be valued and can be submitted by email Lincolnshireemail@example.com or by letter sent to Police Headquarters by January 28.