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There is a reason Martin is not just the Police Commissioner but the Police and Crime Commissioner. As well as overseeing the Constabulary, setting the budget and general strategy, which we call the police and crime plan, his role encompasses everything to do with crime and the criminal...

****update**** Delighted that Finn's Law gained Royal Assent and has become law! By all accounts, we are a nation of animal lovers. And it’s true, to quote Cat Stevens, I love my dog. So why, in the eyes of the Criminal Damage Act 1971, are police dogs and horses classed as property capable of being ‘damaged and destroyed’?

It is nice to think that Gloucestershire leads the way sometimes. And that certainly seems to be the case when you consider some of the issues that have dominated the news recently. Whilst national headline writers appear to have only recently woken up to the decline...

The cool kids in Cinderford thought it a joke when Forest Fighting Fit first opened over two years ago. But within minutes of stepping inside to grudgingly take a look in the way teenagers sometimes do, they were hooked. I could see why when I visited last month on a dark Monday evening to present a plaque to thank everyone involved in what they are doing. In 2015, Martin as PCC helped get it off the ground with a grant of £40,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund.

For far too long we took our eye of the ball when it came to community safety. With austerity it went down the pecking order of priorities. Statutory wise it is the job of the County Council, but it delegated the responsibilities to local districts. Thankfully due to a co-ordinated effort by leaders across Gloucestershire work was commissioned to look to what we could do to get back on track.