Posted: Friday 22nd December 2017
At this time of year out thoughts are always with our families, relatives and friends. It’s a time when we reflect on the past year, look forward to the opportunities the forthcoming year has in store, and most importantly think of those in our lives who make everyday a blessing. As always there will be people working hard 24/7 to ensure our safety and protection whether in hospitals, police stations or voluntary and charity organisations and my thoughts will also be with them over the festive period.
Looking back on this past year, it’s not been without its challenges. The result of the General Election has and continues to divide public opinion. The country has been shaken by the many terror attacks that have been carried out across our cities. Our policing service continues to be stretched, as all our emergency services are being asked to do more with less. However, what I am truly heartened by is that no matter what life throws at each and every one of us, what’s clear is that humanity finds strength in times of adversity.
However we do not all spend Christmas with friends, family or loved ones, for some people particularly older people Christmas can be just another day in an isolated life. In the UK today, 1.2-million people over the age of 65-years live with crushing, chronic loneliness and a recent Age UK survey reports that at least 1-million elder citizens feel lonelier than usual at Christmas.
Age UK recently released a 1-minute video called ‘Just Another Day’ which visually reminds us of the lonely and stark existence of the 3.9-million elder citizens in the UK, who state that they rely upon the television as their main form of companionship. We can all play a part in overcoming this increasing societal issue after all, it’s in our own best interests, as we will all be elderly one day - hopefully.
As we enter 2018, I look forward to embracing all that the New Year has to offer. I am committed to thinking differently and embracing any opportunity which allows me to continue acting as a fierce advocate for victims and as local people’s voice in policing. Prevention will be a focus of mine, in particular reducing reoffending and making improvements to the criminal justice system. Fighting for fairer funding, investment in policing and value for money for local people will also remain at the forefront of all we do.
Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year.