Posted: Friday 22nd May 2020
PCC Sue Mountstevens is taking a well-earned break this week and, as her new Deputy PCC, I have temporarily taken the reins in her absence. As you can imagine, since becoming Deputy PCC four weeks ago, it has been an extremely busy time working with the police and partners to ensure local people feel safe, supported and reassured during this uncertain period.
Going forward Sue’s police and crime plan priorities will remain for us to protect the most vulnerable from harm; strengthen and improve your local communities; ensure the police service has the right people, right culture, right capabilities and; work together effectively with other police forces and key partners to deliver better services to local people.
Under these priority areas, Sue wants to focus on Violence Reduction Units, reducing reoffending, oversight of Criminal Justice System efficiency, victim support services with a particular focus on domestic abuse victims and survivors and the key area of engagement with our communities. You can read in more detail about these areas of work in Sue’s next update.
Reflecting on the last ten days, many of us are trying to navigate our way through the easing of some of the restrictions. Although parts of the lockdown regulations are starting to be relaxed, I know our communities are still finding the current circumstances confusing, stressful and tough. As the PCC has said previously, we do know that a return to normal is going to be a slow and steady process and we need to continue to show the patience, courage and compassion we have displayed so far.
This Bank Holiday weekend is set to be a sunny one and will be another test for us all. I know it is tempting to forget the Government’s guidelines and advice by meeting friends and family. Please don’t. This weekend, please continue to take personal responsibility and observe the social distancing advice that we have been adhering to over the last couple of months. We have come so far and cannot let the sacrifices we have made be wasted.