Posted: Thursday 16th June 2016
Article for Calverton Online Magazine - June 2016:
As I begin my second term of office as your Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, I look forward to building on the achievements of the last four years. High on my agenda is tackling crime and developing the agenda to tackle low-level harassment against women and girls. This work will include further improving services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Recent results show crime to be falling faster than almost anywhere else in the UK and Nottinghamshire Police as the fastest improving police force in England and Wales. Clearly something to be proud of. I am also exceptionally pleased to see the amazing progress made in terms of Stop and Search, with our force now having one of the lowest stop and search rates in the country but the highest positive outcome rate.
Nottinghamshire is a great county in which diverse communities live, visit and work, but I believe it can be even better. It’s important to respect diversity, embrace change and as a result become prouder still of where we live. We need to be confident on behalf of our children that we have done everything we can to safeguard their future.
Our police cannot do this alone, but closer working with our communities and other agencies means that, together, we can achieve more. We have an agenda for change. Now we need to get on and do it.
Changes that I strongly believe will help to keep all of us better protected from harm include plans to work more closely with our neighbouring forces of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. No decisions have been made and there are still many discussions to go, but if the business case stacks up, I believe we will be able to tap into more shared resources and expertise. In these difficult times of shrinking budgets we need to make our money work very hard indeed, and the links we have in mind will allow both significant financial savings and a better service for the public.
I am very aware that change is not always comfortable, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Times change, and so must we in the interests of achieving a safer Nottinghamshire. The benefits will focus on the bigger picture of threat and risk, drawing, for example, upon high-tech communication resources. Importantly, local policing will continue to be at the heart of each force.
It is vital that we move with the times, particularly regarding the hidden threats to our safety and security. Cyber-crime is now the fastest growing area of crime – so much so that we are more at risk from criminals who invade our computers than we are from physical harm. We have to deal with this, and changing the way we work will help us do that.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner