Posted: Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Another week and another important milestone has been reached in my journey as Police and Crime Commissioner. This week saw the launch of my first Police and Crime Plan for Nottinghamshire – a task which has involved much preparation, thought and research; talking to partners about how we can work more effectively together to reduce crime and meeting the public to find out what they want most from policing. During the development stage, we spoke to literally 1000s of people to see what we can be doing better to make them feel safer and I believe the end product is a plan which truly represents the views of those it aims to protect.
What has become clear during every stage of this plan isjust how motivated everybody is to improve our county. We all want to banish crime from our streets, that’s never been in doubt, but now we have a clear route as to how this can be achieved and we can combine our resources so that they have the maximum impact. We also mustn’t forget that this plan is a follow-up to the promises I made during my election campaign and gives the public a set of criteria in which to judge and measure my success as PCC.
And just because the plan is now published, it doesn’t mean the talking stops. As the People’s Commissioner, I aim to have a continuous conversation with the people I represent to make sure I’m still in touch with their expectations and can help provide solutions to their concerns. This week I’ve chatted to members of the public and partner representatives at forums in North East Bassetlaw and Ollerton where I was able to give reassurance about police visibility in rural areas. I was also able to see first-hand the excellent work taking place at Rhubarb Farm in Langwith, near Mansfield, an environmental social enterprise which helps recovering drug and alcohol misusers and young people who have been isolated from education to grow and sell fresh produce.
There is so much more to crime reduction than statistics and it is through these real life encounters that we all get the inspiration to promote change.
Following this, I met senior Members and Officers from Bassetlaw District Council. The Council takes a positive approach to community safety and made helpful comments on the Plan. The closure of the Custody Suite at Worksop has caused problems and I maintain my commitment to resolve them.