Commissioner meets Runcorn officers in first of nine local policing visits
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, chose Runcorn to begin a series of visits to Cheshire Constabulary’s nine Local Policing Units (LPUs), where he will meet with each Command team to discuss issues affecting the LPU and gain insights into issues which residents are facing.
On Wednesday 17 August 2022, the Commissioner visited Runcorn LPU to meet with Chief Inspector Andy Blizard and the Command team who provided an overview of the current issues that the LPU is experiencing, as well as their activities and objectives.
The visit also presented the Commissioner with an opportunity to highlight his objectives in the Police and Crime Plan and how they are being addressed in Runcorn.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said:
“Meeting with Local Policing Units is crucial to my role, as it provides me with an insight into the day-to-day life of officers and staff across the county.
“It is a great opportunity for officers to raise issues and concerns to me directly and highlight any areas where support may be needed. I’m keen to offer that support to them and, by extension, the public we serve, through our 122 community policing model which sees each of Cheshire’s 122 communities assigned its own dedicated Police Officer and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).
“These meetings will also allow me to discuss how the public’s priorities for policing, as set out in my Police and Crime Plan, are being achieved across each of Cheshire’s LPUs”
Following the meeting with Runcorn’s Command team, the Commissioner joined a number of Police Constables and Sergeants to discuss their specific roles and the issues that they are facing as officers.
Chief Inspector at Runcorn LPU, Andy Blizard, said:
“The Commissioner coming out to see the teams gave us a real opportunity to discuss the local matters that affect the communities of Runcorn. We were able to highlight key issues and share the successes in working towards the Police and Crime Plan”
John Dwyer added:
“Today’s visit to Runcorn has been extremely beneficial, and I am grateful to the entire team for welcoming me to the station and taking the time to discuss the challenges of their roles and local issues with me.
“I am looking forward to visiting the Constabulary’s other LPUs to develop the relationship and communication I have with our dedicated officers and staff across the county.
“Residents should be assured that their local policing team is here to tackle the issues which matter to them. I will be taking away the insights and issues raised today for further action and by working together this will ultimately contribute to making Runcorn, and Cheshire, an even safer place.”
Under the 122 community policing model, each area in Runcorn LPU has its own dedicated Police Officer and PCSO. To find out about your local team, visit here.
To let your local policing team know about issues in your area, you can take the Resident’s Voice survey here.