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New police commissioner to visit East Lancashire towns
10:00pm Saturday 5th January 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE’S new ‘sheriff’ is set to ride into towns across the area as part of a countywide meet and greet tour.
Labour county councillor and newly-installed police comissioner Clive Grunshaw will be looking to put his expenses embarrassment behind him as he kicks off his fact-finding mission in Nelson on January 11.
Later that day he will be visiting Asda in Colne before heading to the bandstand in St James Street, Burnley, on January 15, and Clitheroe’s Booth’s supermarket for 1.30pm.
Mr Grunshaw said: “I am very much looking forward to the tour. This role is about talking to people, listening to concerns and reiterating them to the police force.
“The coming year will be about how the community's views can further improve policing in Lancashire.”
His tour continues with a date outside Blackburn Town Hall on January 22, from 9am, and an 11.45am stop-off in Accrington.
He will also be at Asda in Clayton Green, Chorley, from 10am on January 25.
Mr Grunshaw added: “I will be drafting a Police and Crime Plan, outlining what areas of work Lancashire Constabulary should prioritise over the coming years.
“This plan will not reflect my views - it will reflect the views of the Lancashire community. I need people to get involved in these events and help shape that plan.
“I urge as many people as possible to come to the events. This is just the first phase of the roadshows, with more planned for later this year.”
The commissioner is currently awaiting the outcome of an Independent Police Complaint Commission inquiry into a complaint regarding his expenses while a county councillor and member of the police authority.