Posted: Monday 16th May 2016
Thank you to the residents of Avon and Somerset who have chosen me as your Police and Crime Commissioner, we will keep politics out of policing for a further four years. It has been a privilege to have represented you over my first term and I’m delighted you’ve re-elected me to continue this important work.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is an important one for the safety of all residents and local people. I look forward to grasping the opportunities and facing the challenges this role entails and in doing so I will continue to be independent. I will continue to be honest and transparent and fulfil my role without fear or favour and that’s my promise.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh is hugely experienced and is already making a difference. Working together we will prevent crime, we will fight crime and we will work with all our communities. I will continue to work with you all on tackling exploitation and abuse of our children, tackling crimes against our most vulnerable and fighting back against cybercrime.
I will continue to be accessible to all our residents and will listen particularly to the quiet voices and victims of crime and anti-social behaviour. Supporting victims will continue to be a priority and we need to look at the whole of the Criminal Justice System so that victims are able to get their voice heard so they can get justice.
In these times of austerity I will find efficiencies so that we can reinvest and build stronger neighbourhood policing. Despite budget cuts, I will ensure the Constabulary has the funding to work smarter with increased investment in technology, ensuring they have the right tools for the job. In addition to this, I believe partnership working is the only way forward and I will work tirelessly to strengthen our bonds with local partners.
My focus returns to being your Police and Crime Commissioner, keeping you safe and feeling safe, ensuring I represent your views and remain your voice in policing.