Posted: Thursday 21st July 2016
Article for the Calverton Echo - July 2016:
Change isn’t always easy to get used to, but change that makes sense is usually a change for the better. When it comes to our police service, change is necessary from time to time to ensure that the public is properly protected.
The need to keep people safe is the reason that I, as your Police and Crime Commissioner, and Nottinghamshire Police regularly check what your priorities are with regard to policing – and how safe you feel.
At the most recent priority setting meeting for the people of Calverton, Ravenshead and nearby villages, burglary was your top priority followed by anti-social behaviour, speeding and drugs offences. I was delighted to attend this meeting and especially to hear your views and experiences as these help me to gauge what still needs to be done to fulfil your expectations of policing in your neighbourhoods.
Knowing what your priorities are helps the Chief Constable put plans and resources in place to meet them. We have already seen how working to meet demand with the right level of resources is delivering better results here in Nottinghamshire. Crime has fallen considerably in recent times but we nonetheless need to take up the challenges that face the force. These challenges include dealing with a big savings target and making every penny work very hard.
Some of the changes we are discussing include sharing more resources, functions and expertise with the neighbouring forces of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, but I should be clear that no decision have yet been taken. The aim is to bring crime down in the most effective and efficient way, providing the best services we can.
Local policing and local knowledge will, however, remain at the heart of policing in each force. It will, for example, always have a prime and effective role in dealing with burglary, whether that’s catching the offenders or preventing further break-ins. Your communities also continue to benefit from residents looking out for each other, and I hope that will never change.
Prevention is always better than cure, so with the holiday season now upon us do remember to take some simple yet effective precautions to keep your house and property secure when going away. Lock your windows as well as your doors, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on things, cancel your usual deliveries, and don’t leave valuable items in the garden.
Anti-social behaviour can also rise in the long summer evenings but many communities have seen incidents fall where a variety of interests and activities are provided for young people. Involved communities are often the safest communities – and the ones where people most enjoy a sense of belonging.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire