Posted: Monday 23rd May 2016
Column for the Leicester Mercury - May 2016:
The scenes of celebration surrounding Leicester’s amazing achievement in winning the Premier League eptitomised the joy and unity offered by this wonderful city.
To see tens of thousands of people lining the streets made me enormously proud of the city and county that has been my home for more than 40 years.
I’m a Leicester City supporter; I’m also a huge supporter local policing, which I want to see becoming more visible.
But what else can you expect from me as your new Commissioner?
Well, I want to continue the work to combat domestic abuse, hate crime and other types ‘hidden crimes’ which cause such immense harm. I believe many victims and sufferers are still reluctant to come forward and we need to change that.
I want the police to create a culture of confidence where people are willing to speak out because they trust the authorities to listen and act.
In my first week in the job it was highlighted vividly how important it is to have a police force that reflects the type of communities it is here to serve. I have already discussed the need for a representative workforce with the Chief Constable and I know that a lot of work is ongoing to encourage applications from members of our diverse communities. But I feel that there is still a lot more that can be done.
We need to inspire new recruits to join the force and having done so, we must provide a working environment where those recruits can flourish and reach their potential.
Those triumphant scenes of a fortnight ago demonstrated that collectively, our communities are stronger when they are united and wouldn’t it fabulous if we could harness the enormous support and goodwill that surrounds Leicester City FC and translate that across everything we do?
So, let’s all work together to eradicate the crimes and symptoms of crime that have such a negative impact on our quality of life.
Let’s convince young men that carrying a knife can only ever end badly; let’s continue to eradicate the scourge of child sexual exploitation and look after our young people; let’s be more considerate of each other to reduce antisocial behaviour and let’s support the police as they work to make us safer.
And let’s see a Leicestershire Police that truly reflects the rich diversity that makes this city and county such a fantastic place to live and work.
Lord Willy Bach
Police and Crime Commissioner