Launched in 2004, PACT had become a valuable partnership between the local police service, Parish Councils and residents. Despite recent resource cuts this service has been maintained, however the meetings are now every other month rather than monthly.
Lancashire Constabulary has developed a new way of engaging
our communities. Following research in America the launch
of a new initiative will take place later this year, however,
once again Southern Division is one step ahead and is now
leading the Force in this new venture called PACT - Police
And Communities Together.
will provide communities with clear information about how
they can get in touch with their local CBM or PCSO and provide
a way in which the CBM and PCSO can be tasked by the communities
they serve. In the first week in every month the CBM will
hold a public meeting or surgery in their area.
will not prevent officers holding more meetings, it represents
a ‘minimum standard’ and the knowledge that,
during the first week of the month, all our CBM’s
and PCSO’s will be available to their communities
right across the Division. Following this meeting a closed
PACT meeting will take place that will consist of a panel
made up from selected members of the community including
the Ward Councillor.
These panel members will use their experience of the community,
and the information provided at the public meeting, to list
up to four priorities for the CBM to concentrate on in that
month. The CBM will report back to the next meeting on the
progress made.Chief Inspector Ashley who will lead the project
on Southern Division says “By allowing reasonable,
responsible, public-spirited members of the community to
define some local policing priorities, in partnership with
the local Community Beat Manager, we can enhance the way
we engage with communities.
early signs in Skelmersdale and Burscough where the system
has been trialled are really encouraging, people seem genuinely
pleased to have a direct say in how ‘their’
police officer works.” The official launch will take
place later in the year and PACT panels will be rolled out
in all 47 CBM areas this year. There will be additional
training for CBMs and specific guidance will be made available
to all officers."
Inspector Steve Ashley
Southern Vision Issue 2 Summer 2004