I have been very impressed to see how communities are beginning to support each other during these unprecedented times. Making sure our service providers are paid on time is another way I think the police can play its part.
That’s why I have asked the Constabulary to be sure to pay its suppliers promptly – and in my role as vice chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, I am calling-on other PCCs to do the same.
Dealing with an episode like Coronavirus is why we kept our reserves intact
With events surrounding Coronavirus changing almost by the hour it seems, I have decided to release £1 million pounds from the Constabulary’s reserves to help prepare for its impact on Gloucestershire.
Times have been tough, but now we have been told that austerity is over our police must turn their attention to the crimes that have not attracted sufficient attention for far too long. By this I mean burglary, theft, anti-social behaviour and other similar category offences that were allowed to slip down the order of priorities because dwindling resources meant other ‘more serious’ crimes were targeted.