Front row (left to right) Gloucestershire's Martin Surl, Dorset's Deputy Colin Pipe, Devon and Cornwall's Alison Hernandez, Wiltshire's Angus Macpherson and Sue Mountstevens
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners for the south-west today met for the very first time in Bridgwater, Somerset to talk about working together over the next four years.
The meeting was hosted by Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and was attended by the PCC’s for Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Alison Hernandez, Dorset’s Deputy PCC Colin Pipe, Gloucestershire’s Martin Surl, and Wiltshire and Swindon’s Angus Macpherson.
The PCC’s including the only three independents in the country and two Conservatives agreed that party politics would play no part in working together. At the meeting they discussed the performance of many of the regional collaborations already in place from major crime to south-west forensics.
Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Regional collaboration offers many important opportunities to make policing in the south-west as efficient and effective as possible. We all face the challenge of making more savings and we are all committed to maintaining local policing.
“By working together we can take advantage of opportunities to build capability and capacity between the five police forces. I am looking forward to working more closely with my PCC colleagues over the next four years in order to make the South West even safer.”
The next meeting for the South-west PCCs will be held in Exeter on July 20.
Posted on Wednesday 18th May 2016