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Author: Martin Surl

My office has today issued a press release on something that might seem like a small announcement but I think its show my commitment to the "green agenda" through my priority of a "Green & Pleasant" county.  I don't believe in green wash, hopefully if you know me, you know If I say I will do something I will do it (or at least explain why I wasn't able to do it), something I don't think applies to all elected officials.

A lot has been made of the new investment in policing (acknowledging austerity went too far),  But its not just the police where investment is needed its needed in the rest of the criminal justice system too. Later this week, I will publish a report into Court provision in Gloucestershire.

My role is not really about direct power, it's about how I, and my office, can influence and set the agenda. The last decade has been tough on the police, as it has been for many areas of society.  However, I do believe there is light around the corner. It will take time but things WILL get better.

After a decade of cuts, its nice today to have my budget of hope given the green light by councillors from all the main parties and some independents as well.

My plan will see £1m put towards improving how the police and the public talk to each other and its great it won unanimous backing of Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Panel.

It’s not every day you arrest a Bishop’. Those were words as a young detective constable in Gloucester that I remember Detective Inspector Wayne Murdoch saying back in 1993. 

He was of course referring to the arrest of Bishop Peter Ball who was the subject of the BBC 2 documentary ‘Exposed, The Church’s Darkest Secret’ which was aired last week.

Cross in the box I don’t want to be defined by where I put a cross in the 2016 referendum. I don’t want to have to second guess what you, my family and friends did either. Whilst there will be a myriad of views and maybe...