Posted: Monday 31st October 2016
Nearly six months have passed since I was elected as your Police and Crime Commissioner and it’s fair to say that this job is not quite as I imagined - it’s full on but always interesting.
Everything to date has proved to me that the role of the PCC can make a positive change for people.
One thing really strikes me. Having talked to a large number of communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the matters of most everyday concern are what are (somewhat inappropriately) called lower-level crimes and antisocial behaviour.
We clearly need to find a way to address these issues. I am in the processes of firming up my priorities in the Police and Crime Plan, which has to be published by April next year. This plan will of course be shaped by the views of the public.
Obviously I cannot do everything that I would like, particularly given the massive funding cuts over recent years. However, I’ve realised that much can be achieved by simply working in Partnership. Many organisations tackle the same or similar issues to the police and by putting our heads together, we can often make better use of the expertise and resources available.
A good example is to be found in Countesthorpe where the work to tackle antisocial behaviour between the Police and the local authorities is testament to just how effective productive partnerships can be.
We need to get to the heart of local issues to have a chance at solving them and this means talking to those who live in the area who are dealing with the problems day and night.
In the last 6 months, I’ve travelled across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to encourage residents to share their community safety concerns with me. I’ve discussed speeding in Sharnford and Lubenham, for example, antisocial behaviour in Leicester, Coalville, Measham, Rutland, Shepshed and Barewell to name but a few, and commercial burglary in Market Harborough and Ashby de la Zouch. Being PCC, as I’ve discovered, is a very hands-on role and it is one that demands results.
Quite simply, what matters to local people matters to me and I hope that the public will continue to communicate their concerns to me. I will do everything I can to help all communities become safer.
The most precious partnership in community safety is the relationship between the Police and the people they serve. I’m determined to improve this crucial relationship as much as possible in the future, with your support.