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policing Tag

This last month I've been canvassing your views on whether you can and are willing to, pay more for policing in Gloucestershire. My office has conducted a survey using social media as well as a written letter to every household. This year more so than any other I really needed to hear from the public before making my mind up about putting up taxes.

The headline issued before Christmas from the Government with regards to police funding was full of festive cheer.... £6.6 million investment in policing in Gloucestershire was the headline as you can see from the main picture with this article. BUT... that figure was not the whole picture.

On BBC Radio Gloucestershire this week, I heard a presenter encouraging his listeners to put up their Christmas decorations. Whether you regard the last weekend in November as too early to be ‘decking the halls’ is a matter of personal choice, although many shops have decided not to delay their festive displays any longer when in previous years they would have been out before bonfire night.

Today, I refer you to the British writer C.S. Lewis, probably best known for his ‘Tales of Narnia’ who said “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.

For while even the most optimistic person will have found 2020 challenging, I believe we will win the battle with Coronavirus and emerge better for it.

... investing now for the future. In my 2016 manifesto I talked about investing in the future of the force, its people and its infrastructure that became part of my Police & Crime plan, see page 5   . Today we launched a consultation on plans for the forces new operations centre based a Bamfurlong.

To meet this newspaper’s print deadlines * , I am required to submit copy for this column by the Tuesday before publication at the latest. I leave the subject as late as possible to make it topical and stick to local issues to make it relevant.

I was about to submit this week’s offering when the latest pictures of the riots in America following the death of George Floyd appeared on TV. It was easy to see why it was the first story, other than the daily update on coronavirus, to lead our national news bulletins. 

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.