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Along with the overwhelming majority, I support the extended lockdown. Like many, though, I miss the freedoms I had just a few weeks ago and look forward to popping-out for no particular purpose or sharing a meal or pint or two with friends. ‘Big Brother’ seems...

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.

The most vulnerable during this pandemic need the support of the government. That's why I have written to the Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland, I want ministers to get tough on  criminals who target the elderly during the Corona Virus crisis.

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 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.