Minister's praise for Mark Menzies' police funding push

The Minister for Policing revealed Lancashire Constabulary has been handed an extra £18.4 million for the next year – and paid tribute to Fylde MP Mark Menzies for fighting for funding.

Nick Hurd MP made his comments during a Home Office Oral Answer to Questions sitting in Parliament.

Mr Menzies asked: “What measures is the Home Office taking to increase police funding and get more officers on the streets of Fylde?”

Mr Hurd told him: “My hon. Friend has been persistent in making the case for more funding for Lancashire police, so he will welcome the additional £18.4 million of cash in 2019-20, on top of the exceptional grant for the costs of fracking.

“Chief Constable Andy Rhodes is recruiting additional officers, and I know that my hon. Friend will play his full part in lobbying the police and crime commissioner and Andy to make sure that Fylde gets its fair share of that additional resource.”

Lancashire Constabulary is taking on around 100 extra police officers and additional support staff.

Mr Menzies said: “I am delighted to hear we have an extra 100 officers on the way in Lancashire and I have spoken to police bosses about them. They will be used in a variety of ways, either to bolster on-street policing in set areas or on specific operations – police will be able to use them as they choose.

“We know police numbers were cut so I am delighted to see that now the country is in better financial shape, we are able to start spending money to increase officer numbers once again.”