TURNING YOUR PRIORITIES INTO ACTION
Since you elected me your Police and Crime Commissioner in 2019 I have worked hard to turn your priorities into action as part of my mission to fight crime and prevent crime.
Recruiting more officers: You told me that after ten years of Tory austerity you wanted to see more officers on our streets. I backed you with the biggest recruitment campaign in the force’s recent history, going above and beyond the Government recruitment targets for our force. That means more frontline officers, but crucially, it also meant recruiting to replace departing and retiring officers.
New detectives: I kick-started a new recruitment policy to hire 60 new detectives to take the fight to organised crime. From drug dealers to online fraudsters and those who exploit children online, I have ensured the police have the resources they need to make a difference.
Setting up a Violence Reduction Unit: I created the region’s first dedicated Violence Reduction Unit. It’s based on one simple belief – that violent crime can be prevented just like many diseases can be. We use a mixture of techniques to target known offenders and make sure they and other young people have an alternative to crime. That meant re-investing in youth services and finding good role models for young people. It’s no surprise that after the Tories closed down our youth clubs, crime went up.
Operation Payback: When I was elected as Police Commissioner I said I would always be on the side of victims, and Operation payback is the biggest sign of my commitment to this. I have taken money recovered from drug dealers and other criminals and used it for a new neighbourhood fund. It’s backed youth football teams and organisations set up to tackle anti-social behaviour, as well as residents associations looking to build on their local pride.
SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLE AND TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Anti-social behaviour taskforce: When I did my first region-wide crime survey, residents told me that anti-social behaviour was still a big issue. I’m committed to supporting them, setting up the region’s first dedicated ASB taskforce that gets the police in the same room as councils and housing providers and others to see how we can work together to solve your problems.
Supporting the vulnerable: I have supported victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and the organisations that work with them. It is vital we increase conviction rates for sexual offenders, and that we support people going through this process. People need to know they will be supported if their home life is abusive or they are sexually assaulted, and I have made this a priority for the police.