Full house for Home Watch meeting

Inspector Danny Milovanovic, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Home Watch Chair Royce Franklin and Chief Superintendent Tim Forber

Greater Manchester’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, joined Home Watch members in Saddleworth, Oldham on Wednesday night.

He spoke to the group about how he wants to build trust between the community and police and how groups like Home Watch are central to neighbourhood policing.

Mr Lloyd said: “I want to have regular engagement with groups like Home Watch because they are a vital link to the community. What was clear at the meeting is there is a good relationship between Saddleworth residents and the police.

“I want to build on this partnership working, and work closely with community groups, local councils and across the criminal justice system. As police and crime commissioner I have the authority to bring people around the table to ensure we all work together to tackle and prevent crime.

Budget cuts were also raised at the meeting; more than £133M has to be saved from the policing budget by 2015.

“This is a conversation I’ll have with the Home Secretary. I will stand up for the communities of Greater Manchester against the 20 per cent cuts to policing and the loss of nearly 3,000 police officers and staff.”

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