Posted: Friday 1st January 2016
New Year Message
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy and peaceful New Year and to thank you for your continued support during the past 12 months. This job isn’t always straightforward or indeed popular and we’ve certainly faced our fair share of difficulties during the year but I’ve been deeply heartened by the public’s appreciation and understanding of our plight.
We begin 2016 with renewed hope and anticipation for the future, despite the obvious challenges that lie ahead. The foundations have already been laid and increasingly we are seeing positive outcomes from the ‘prevention over cure’ strategy I’ve employed since being elected.
Future financial hardships are inevitable, regardless of the promises from government that policing funding will be protected in the next year. The Chancellor George Osbourne may have said it’s time to back the police and provide them with the tools needed to do the job but it remains unclear what this actually means. We still need to find multimillion pound savings this year on top of those we’ve already delivered just to maintain our services at the current level. It’s also unclear how the new centralised projects he has unveiled, which include investment for armed response teams and work to tackle terrorism, will be funded and whether this will come from the overall police budget or from the Government. The devil is always in the detail and I fear that celebrations may be premature.
We’ve had our eye on 2016 for some time now and our budget work is progressing well. By the end of this month, we should have a good idea of what’s needed to protect services and continue to use our resources in the most practical and effective way.
I know that in Calverton and other rural areas there is concern about PCSO strength and how this might impact on policing resilience in isolated areas. I appreciate how much of a reassuring presence PCSOs are within our communities and we’re working incredibly hard to keep the numbers where they are.
Keeping people safe is a collective effort involving a number of agencies. Many of those have faced the same cuts too and we are working together to achieve the best outcome with our beleaguered budgets.
The public also has an important role to play in the safety of Nottinghamshire by helping us to reduce demand for policing services. The easiest and simplest way of achieving this is to follow crime prevention advice to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. The nights remain dark and bleak and our houses are full of expensive Christmas gifts which brings a host of additional risks. Don’t make it easy for criminals, take your personal safety and the security of your home seriously.
Police and Crime Commissioner