Lancashire police chief angry over May’s rebuke

Lancashire police chief angry over May’s rebuke

Lancashire police chief angry over May’s rebuke

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

LANCASHIRE'S police and crime commissioner has criticised the Home Secretary after she ‘failed to recognise’ the constabulary's performance on domestic violence.

Clive Grunshaw has written to Theresa May asking her to visit Lancashire and see first-hand the work the force and its partners are doing to tackle all forms of domestic abuse.

The Home Secretary wrote to all police forces and police and crime commissioners in the wake of domestic abuse inspection reports published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and labelled police forces as ‘simply not good enough’. She also said the ‘current police response to domestic abuse is failing victims’.

But both the commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan, have been left angered by the letter, which they said failed to recognise the ‘excellent performance’ of Lancashire Constabulary's public protection unit.

Mr Grunshaw said: “Lancashire Constabulary was told by HMIC its residents could have confidence in reporting domestic abuse, and inspectors praised the force for its investment in well-trained and specialist staff. The strength of the work we undertake with our partners was also recognised.

“I am very proud of the work of our public protection unit and believe the officers and staff involved should be praised for their performance. Therefore, to receive a generic letter which implied police forces across the board were failing victims was extremely disheartening.

“This does not mean I am complacent about the challenge we face when it comes to tackling domestic abuse. I am committed to ensuring we consistently strive to do more. Domestic abuse is a problem, and there are no easy answers.

“But I believe there are many things we do extremely well, and I feel the Home Secretary should see for herself what HMIC inspectors regarded as the strongest example of a good domestic abuse provision. I hope she will accept my invitation.”

The Chief Constable has also written to the Home Secretary to express his disappointment and to urge her to accept the commissioner's invitation.

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1:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pendlegirl says...

what does the police chief exepct, a pat on the back, the Home Secretary is busy trying to keep her mate the culture minister in power.... nasty tory party, disgusted I voted for them at the last election
what does the police chief exepct, a pat on the back, the Home Secretary is busy trying to keep her mate the culture minister in power.... nasty tory party, disgusted I voted for them at the last election pendlegirl
  • Score: 6

2:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

fuschia says...

Theresa May wants to look at the way her government are letting people down before she starts condemning anyone else.
Theresa May wants to look at the way her government are letting people down before she starts condemning anyone else. fuschia
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

pendlegirl wrote:
what does the police chief exepct, a pat on the back, the Home Secretary is busy trying to keep her mate the culture minister in power.... nasty tory party, disgusted I voted for them at the last election
If he can't stand the heat he should get out of the kitchen
[quote][p][bold]pendlegirl[/bold] wrote: what does the police chief exepct, a pat on the back, the Home Secretary is busy trying to keep her mate the culture minister in power.... nasty tory party, disgusted I voted for them at the last election[/p][/quote]If he can't stand the heat he should get out of the kitchen ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

glossopkid says...

Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it.

Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.
Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it. Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan. glossopkid
  • Score: 3

8:52am Tue 8 Apr 14

Prana35 says...

glossopkid wrote:
Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it.

Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.
Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off.

Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason.

Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau
se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it. Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.[/p][/quote]Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off. Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason. Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason. Prana35
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Tue 8 Apr 14

glossopkid says...

Prana35 wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it.

Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.
Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off.

Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason.

Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau

se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason.
You seem to be supporting the approach taken by the commissioner /steve finnigan. Are you a cop? As you seem to know in depth about the whole situation.
[quote][p][bold]Prana35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it. Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.[/p][/quote]Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off. Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason. Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason.[/p][/quote]You seem to be supporting the approach taken by the commissioner /steve finnigan. Are you a cop? As you seem to know in depth about the whole situation. glossopkid
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Mr Tickle says...

glossopkid wrote:
Prana35 wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it.

Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.
Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off.

Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason.

Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau


se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason.
You seem to be supporting the approach taken by the commissioner /steve finnigan. Are you a cop? As you seem to know in depth about the whole situation.
Does it matter if glossopkid is a cop? Are they not allowed to have a voice?
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prana35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Why is that the police cannot be criticized in this country. They are public servants and if they are not up to scratch in some of their work than they should be told about it. Get a grip commissioner and Lancashire's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan.[/p][/quote]Seriously....you think that the police are immune from criticism in this country. Wow...what planet have you been living on for the past 20 years. The police are probably the most criticised public sector organisation in the country. In some cases this is entirely justified, when they get it wrong or their is corruption or scandal. However in this case, the HMIC inspection report praises Lancashire police for its response to domestic abuse and Theresa May sends out a pro-forma generic letter to all 43 police forces slagging them off. Why wouldn't you get slightly p**sed off if you head up an organisation which has received praise for how it deals very well with victims of a horrible crime, and then get slagged off for by a senior government minister. Steve Finnigan and Clive Grunshaw are right to object to the tone of the letter, as it demoralises an already demoralised workforce, for no good reason. Oh and wait...why are police officers and police staff demoralised....becau se of this governments excessive cuts to policing and Theresa May's anti police attitude. Talk about kicking someone when there down....and for no justifiable reason.[/p][/quote]You seem to be supporting the approach taken by the commissioner /steve finnigan. Are you a cop? As you seem to know in depth about the whole situation.[/p][/quote]Does it matter if glossopkid is a cop? Are they not allowed to have a voice? Mr Tickle
  • Score: 1

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