Posted: Wednesday 9th April 2014
It doesn’t seem like a moment ago that I was waving goodbye to 2013 and now we are approaching a new financial year with a new budget and a fresh opportunity to deliver change, improvement and innovation. Easter is traditionally a time for new beginnings and so far as policing is concerned there is much to look forward to. Financially, times are still tough and we’re working hard to ensure every penny we spend has value. This is great news for taxpayers as it means your hard-earned money is being invested sensibly to maximise your safety. It is also positive news for victims of crime because we will be increasing both emotional and practical support to help them cope with the impact of crime.
This year, I will be taking over responsibility for commissioning local victims and witnesses’ services. One of the ways I’m preparing for this transition is to find out more from those who have experienced crime including survivors of domestic violence about the services we offer and how we can do things better. This is taking place through survey research and if you’re a victim of crime we would love to hear from you.
While I’m under no illusion that the next 12 months will be challenging, we are expected to set off on the right foot with year-end crime figures likely to show a small reduction (-2.3%) in overall crime in the Gedling area and a stationary position in terms of the picture for the rest of the county. This is positive considering our limited resources and just shows the impact local people can make in keeping Calverton safe by removing temptation, securing property and making it harder for criminals to strike.
As we all look forward to a couple of days rest over Easter, I would urge you to keep this safety theme in mind by following simple crime prevention advice, driving sensibly and respecting other road users. I wish you all a very safe and happy Easter and look forward to your support in 2014/15.