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New Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly vows to maintain officer numbers

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A week on from starting in his new role as Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly said that maintaining officer numbers would be a key priority.

Bill told Lincolnshire Reporter on Wednesday, February 8, that he has had a ‘thoroughly good time’ in his first week as chief constable for Lincolnshire Police.

The new chief said that the biggest strategic difficulty himself and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones will have in the coming years will be the amount of resources they will have as a force.

He said: “I will be very keen to try and maintain what we can in relation to the number of people and to distribute them according to where the threat and the harm is the greatest.”

The Chief Constable also said he is looking to buy a house with his wife in Lincoln but is currently renting a house close to the police HQ in Nettleham.

He said there are a huge number of similarities in Lincolnshire to Devon, where he was deputy chief constable, and to the east coast of Scotland and Scotland as a whole.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Bill told Lincolnshire Reporter that there is an increasing demand in sexual offending and a lot of this links to historic cases that a ‘still very real for the victim’.

He also mentioned how more needs to be done to try and reduce the opportunity for fatalities to take place on Lincolnshire roads.

Psychoactive substances, previously known as ‘legal highs’ and the use of cannabis and other drugs in the county is something he wants to look further into by working with local authorities and communities to better understand the issue.