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gloucestershire Tag

Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable and my message this Easter is clear .... we need the public to abide by the Government’s social distancing rules and stay at home. It is my job to hold the Chief Constable Rod Hansen to account on your behalf . I do this through regular formal and informal meetings.  But in these different times, even the way I hold to account has to change and adapt to the world we are currently living in.

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.

Every crime matters, because every victim matters. That is the new mantra I have set for the police in our county.

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.

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.

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.