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PCCs and Chiefs determined to make South-west safest area in the country

SWPCC 17.04.13

South West PCCs and Chief Constables

The five Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Chief Constables from the South-west have reinforced their determination to develop a powerful group to ensure the region stays amongst the safest area in the country.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan from Avon and Somerset met the other PCCs and Chiefs from Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire at a meeting in Exeter yesterday (Wednesday, April 17).

As well as wanting to become one of the safest regions in the country the group are also looking at ways to become a powerful voice in lobbying for resources. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “We all know that we have to do more for less which means it is even more vital to work together across the South-west. We all have the same aims – to make our communities safe. Already in just three meetings we are finding ways to work together to be even more efficient and effective for our residents.

“I am really pleased that this group of PCCs and Chief Constables is working so well together and I think we will have some real outcomes of these discussions by the summer.”

The group has met on two occasions since the PCC elections in November, and has already discussed procurement saving across the region, and potential areas of closer co-operation for south west policing. 

Attendees considered a new matrix of collaborative initiatives and Chief Constables will now spend some time assessing priorities on an operational and efficiency basis.

The next meeting will be held in Avon and Somerset at Police Headquarters, Portishead on May 29.

Posted on Thursday 18th April 2013
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