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“Lock them up and throw away the key” is the attitude of some when it comes to dealing with criminals. Whilst in my early days as a police officer I did sometimes think that was the right course of action for lots of cases ,...

Nick Hurd the Policing Minister has told me that he and the Home Secretary will not be making a decision on my case for a change in governance of GFRS until after next May’s PCC election. Disappointment Whilst I understand why the decision has been made, due to time...

The Government finally gets it .... today's announcement by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s that knife crime needs to be treated like a disease is something both my deputy @glosdeputypcc and I have been talking about for over 2 years.

Emphasising the need for a ‘public health’ approach to youth violence, Mr. Javid is calling for knife crime to be treated “like a disease”. Now it needs the financial backing and not just warm words.

There can be no doubt that firefighters hold a special place in our affections. Of all the emergency services, ‘heroic’ would be among the first words that spring to most people’s minds. Today, I should be speaking to a gathering of chief fire officers. Instead I...

Giving the public a voice on local policing issues was one, if not the most important reason that Police & Crime Commissioners were created in 2012, and it’s something I take exceedingly seriously. How that voice is heard and how it’s communicated to the chief constable and his officers is an important question, perhaps best illustrated by a spate of recent crimes involving animals.

One of the main roles of being a PCC, or a DPCC for that matter, is dealing with the public. Meeting them, talking with them, representing them and listening to them. We hear moans, complaints, concerns and also compliments, whether it be about the Police...

‘Empire building’ and an "ego thing". These are just a couple of the venomous accusations directed at me since I've challenged the current governance of Gloucestershire’s Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS). I will say it again, here, just to make it clear: When I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner, I never had any intention of overseeing the fire service as well.