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South-west PCCs come together for first time


South west PCCs

The five newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners for the South-west today met for the very first time in Taunton, Somerset to talk about working together and the value of regional collaboration.

The meeting was hosted by Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and was attended by the PCCs for Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Tony Hogg Dorset Martyn Underhill, Gloucestershire Martin Surl, and Wiltshire’s Angus Macpherson.

The five PCCs made up of three independents and two Conservatives agreed that party politics would play no part in working together and that their focus will be on the interests of improving or equalling policing services for the communities of the South-west.

Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that all the regions PCCs could come together and set party politics aside to work together. Regional collaboration is essential to providing good policing services during financially challenging times and today’s meeting showed me that I am working alongside very dedicated and passionate PCCs in the South-west. Together we offer a fresh perspective in this changing policing landscape but importantly we are all working in the best interests of the communities we serve.”

Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly PCC Tony Hogg said: "It has been a very productive meeting to get together with my fellow PCCs from across the region. We're all in the same boat and it was interesting to hear the variety of challenges we all face. We share the same aims of representing our communities and giving people a voice in policing, and if there is any common ground where we might be able to co-operate in future on ideas and solutions to particular issues it makes perfect sense to collaborate. I'm sure we will be able to support each other and call on each other’s help and experience as we establish ourselves in our new roles."

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “Regional collaboration in the South offers an important opportunity to make the forces in the region more efficient and effective, working with their partners in Community Safety and the Criminal Justice Sector. It will also be important to take advantage of opportunities to build capability and achieve standardisation and interoperability between the five forces. I am looking forward to working with my PCC colleagues in the region to deliver these objectives in order to make the South West safer and increase public confidence in policing.”

Gloucestershire’s PCC Martin Surl said: “We know this new role has its critics and may not be to everyone’s liking but it is a great opportunity to make our Police and Criminal Justice system even more relevant to the public in general and our own communities in particular.

“This is a new job and a new experience for us all so getting together like this gives us the chance to discuss some of the mutual problems we face and how best to put in place the things we want to achieve”

The next meeting for the South-west PCCs will be held in Dorset in January.

Quote from Wiltshire's Angus Mcpherson to follow

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012
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