‘No police officer cuts in Morecambe’ says chief

Inspector Kirstie Banks-Lyon. PIC BY ROB LOCK 21-11-2014
Inspector Kirstie Banks-Lyon. PIC BY ROB LOCK 21-11-2014

A Morecambe police chief has reassured residents that no community officers will be lost in the town.

Inspector Kirstie Banks-Lyon said Morecambe Neighbourhood Police would be “reorganised” to prevent any loss of numbers.

“In fact we will be gaining managers in key roles,” Insp Banks-Lyon told Morecambe Town Council.

She also said the town’s 11 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) would remain too, as long as funding partnerships continued.

The police currently receives cash from Morecambe Town Council, Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Community High School to keep PCSOs on the streets.

Also at last Thursday night’s meeting at Morecambe Town Hall, resident Glenys Dennison urged councillors to put community policing “at the top of the agenda”.

Insp Banks-Lyon was speaking before George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on Wednesday that there would be no further cuts to police budgets.