Posted: Thursday 30th June 2016
Article for the Harborough Mail - June 2016:
It is a real privilege to have been elected as your Police and Crime Commissioner. One of the most important parts of my job is to act as link between members of the public and the police, so I’m grateful to the Harborough Mail for giving me the opportunity to write a regular column.
I was elected to represent you and if you have comments or views that you wish to raise, I look forward to hearing them.
We have all seen our wonderfully diverse county becoming the toast of the nation thanks to Leicester City’s magnificent Premier League triumph. Winning fever has gripped us all and has ignited a stronger sense of unity and togetherness. What with England’s Rugby triumph in Australia, the current Euro 2016 and the Olympics, this promises to be a great sporting year.
As someone who has lived in this area for over 30 years, I know how hard local officers work to safeguard Market Harborough, Lutterworth and surrounding areas. But do you think that there is enough policing presence in your area? Please, let me know.
All anti-social behaviour (ASB) has a damaging impact on its victims which is why tackling it is so important to me. According to the figures, ASB reports decreased by 13.8% in the year ending 30 April 2016 but I know that this type of behaviour is often not reported.
Local people can instigate practical action to keep their communities safe simply by talking to the police. I’ve seen this in action personally and I’m very grateful for the time officers spend engaging with local communities. Thanks to this interaction, many of your safety concerns are being addressed - including issues about speeding (but not in all cases) which have prompted increased action, such as enforcement measures, more education on the dangers of driving too quickly and targeted initiatives with the communities most affected.
The budget cuts have brought big challenges but I am listening and exploring new opportunities to keep our district safe. I appreciate how vital visibility is in reducing the fear of crime and increasing confidence in policing, and this is something I am determined to improve.
Lord Willy Bach
Police and Crime Commissioner