Posted: Thursday 15th September 2016
Many people have asked me, since my election in May this year, what a Police and Crime Commissioner actually does. Basically, I am the link between local people and the police. I also commission the services that victims of crime receive and work with local organisations to keep communities safe.
This is not an office-bound role and I have already been out and about in Ashby and surrounding areas to learn about local issues for myself.
Ashby is one of the most sought after places in the UK to live and it’s easy to see why: it has fabulous parks, the castle, and an old fashioned high street offering excellent shopping and the popular market. It also has a low crime rate and I want to make sure that it stays that way.
Talking to local people I consistently heard that they wanted to see more officers on the streets. I agree. The recruitment of around 120 new officers, announced last month, is the first step. I am determined that, despite the cuts to police funding, you will see more officers and PCSOs out and about on the streets.
Fundamentally, low crime rate or not, one crime is one too many and that includes anti-social behaviour. Nobody should have their quality of life affected by someone else’s idea of fun so don’t ‘put-up’ with it, get in touch with the police, your local council, or me.
We need a culture of confidence where people are willing to speak out because they trust the authorities to listen and act. As for me, I want to hear your views so that I can drive change and make sure that the service you receive reflects your expectations.