Posted: Friday 8th March 2013
It's been a significant week in policing with the new Chief Constable Nick Gargan starting and me reaching 100 days in office.
Nick started work on Monday and was straight out on the beat, meeting staff and travelling around the police area. His start comes just as we are finishing off analysing your feedback from my first public consultation. Plans are now shaping up for all the local policing areas and my campaign priorities of tackling burglary, anti-social behaviour, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of police and criminal justice services. Nick and I will be getting straight to work on the things that matter to you and your local community.
This week also marked just over 100 days in this new and exciting role of Police and Crime Commissioner. I have said that this role is even better than I expected and that is because of the many people that I meet every day. Whether that is a charity, voluntary sector organisation or residents, staff and officers, everyone has made me feel welcome and inspired me. It has been a busy first 100 days I have set the police budget for the next 12 months, maintaining front-line officers and even opening recruitment for extra police officers.
The local Police and Crime Plan are making good progress and will be launched at the end of the month. I would like to thank everybody that took part in my first public consultation. I have been impressed by the responses and we will be acting on your feedback. Early indications are that people would like the police to do more about road safety and we will be looking at responding to that.
On Monday night I carried out my first live webchat, there was a great response and the site did crash near the end so apologies if you were waiting online. The chat did highlight the fact that people are still unclear about this new role. While I am your voice in policing, I am not operationally in-charge of officers, investigations or incidents. I will not be out on the beat (except as an observer) but I will be here to make sure your views, your priorities and concerns are fed into the organisation and importantly responded to. I will be working hard on making sure that awareness for this role and its responsibilities is raised. So at the next election residents know what they are being asked to vote for and the difference it can make to your area.