What is it?
The 'Policing Pledge' is a set of national standards which tells you the level of service you can expect to receive from police forces. It has been launched as part of the Governments Green Paper and came into effect on December 31st 2008. It is often referred to as 'The Pledge'.
What does it mean for you?
The Pledge talks about ten areas of service and includes standards for answering calls promptly, how you can have a say over how your neighbourhood is policed, how you can expect to receive up to date information about local crime and how you will be supported if you are a victim of crime.
The good news for you if you live in Lancashire is that we have been working hard to become more citizen focused for a number of years and already meet the requirements of the Pledge in lots of ways.
A lot of what is contained in the Pledge is about Neighbourhood Policing and Lancashire has been recognized as the only force in the country to be 'exceeding the standard' in this area.
• Always treat you fairly with dignity and respect ensuring you have fair access to our services at a time that is reasonable and suitable for you.
• Provide you with information so you know who your dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team are, where they are based, how to contact them and how to work with them.
• Ensure your Neighbourhood Policing Team and other police patrols are visible and on your patch at times when they will be most effective and when you tell us you most need them. We will ensure your team are not taken away from neighbourhood business more than is absolutely necessary. They will spend at least 80% of their time visibly working in your neighbourhood, tackling your priorities. Staff turnover will be minimised.
• Respond to every message directed to your Neighbourhood Policing Team within 24 hours and, where necessary, provide a more detailed response as soon as we can.
• Aim to answer 999 calls within 10 seconds, deploying to emergencies immediately giving an estimated time of arrival, getting to you safely, and as quickly as possible. In urban areas, we will aim to get to you within 15 minutes and in rural areas within  minutes.
• Answer all non-emergency calls promptly. If attendance is needed, send a patrol giving you an estimated time of arrival,
• If you are vulnerable or upset aim to be with you within 60 minutes.
• If you are calling about an issue that we have agreed with your community will be a neighbourhood priority and attendance is required, we will aim to be with you within 60 minutes.
• Alternatively, if appropriate, we will make an appointment to see you at a time that fits in with your life and within 48 hours.
• If agreed that attendance is not necessary we will give you advice, answer your questions and / or put you in touch with someone who can help.
• Arrange regular public meetings to agree your priorities, at least once a month, giving you a chance to meet your local team with other members of your community. These will include opportunities such as surgeries, street briefings and mobile police station visits which will be arranged to meet local needs and requirements.
• Provide monthly updates on progress, and on local crime and policing issues. This will include the provision of crime maps, information on specific crimes and what happened to those brought to justice, details of what action we and our partners are taking to make your neighbourhood safer and information on how your force is performing.
• If you have been a victim of crime agree with you how often you would like to be kept informed of progressing your case and for how long. You have the right to be kept informed at least every month if you wish and for as long as is reasonable.
• Acknowledge any dissatisfaction with the service you have received within 24 hours of reporting it to us. To help us fully resolve the matter, discuss with you how it will be handled, give you an opportunity to talking person to someone about your concerns and agree with you what will be done about them and how quickly.
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We want to do our best for you but if we fail to meet our Pledge we will always explain why it has not been possible on that occasion to deliver the high standards to which we aspire and you deserve.ant to do our best for you.