23 November 2012
Policing students from UCLan’s School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences were among the first to meet Lancashire's first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Clive Grunshaw spent the day at UCLan, where he gave his first speech as PCC before taking questions from students and local media.
Mr Grunshaw was joined on stage by Lancashire Constabulary's Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan – both discussed the new role, policing priorities and crime prevention in the County.
Commissioner Grunshaw was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire following the election on November 15, with him officially taking office on November 22.
"It's been an incredible day; meeting the students and hearing what they had to say was an ideal way to kick-start my new role"
In his inaugural speech, the PCC said: “I want to offer reassurance that I have accepted this role as one of responsibility and dedication.
"Also, I offer the chance to talk to me, directly, on the issues that matter to you. It could be anti-social behaviour, domestic violence; it could be burglary, child exploitation, even terrorism.
Speaking after the event, he added: "It's been an incredible day.
"Meeting the students and hearing what they had to say was an ideal way to kick-start my new role as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.
I would like to thank UCLan for hosting the event and to the students for their insightful questions.”
UCLan has a long history of providing award-winning training programmes that relate to policing, working in partnership with a number of police forces including Lancashire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police and more recently West Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police.
"There is no doubt that UCLan’s Foundation Degree in Policing will continue to play an integral role in the recruitment of our police officers”
Lancashire Constabulary's Chief Constable Steve Finnigan commented: “We have a great partnership between the Constabulary and UCLan and we will look to develop our relationship further in the coming years. There is no doubt that UCLan’s Foundation Degree in Policing will continue to play an integral role in the recruitment of our police officers.”
Since 2001, in the region of 800 students have studied and graduated from a range of UCLan’s policing programmes at Foundation Degree, Bachelors and Masters level. The School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences is now the largest HE provider of Forensic Science, Policing and related subjects in the world.
UCLan’s Allison Jones, Dean of the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, added: “A focus on outstanding teaching and employability is at the heart of everything we do. This is reflected in the fact that the vast majority of the teaching staff on our policing programmes are former senior police officers, police staff and academics who have ‘hands on’ experience in their specialist subjects including; senior command, organised crime, operational policing, counter terrorism and criminal justice.
“We’ve built the role of the PCC into our curriculum for the last two years so for our students to meet and question Lancashire’s first incumbent was a fantastic experience for them.”