Posted: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Since the terrible attacks in Manchester and London, politics has been dominated by talk of dwindling policing budgets, the depletion of our emergency services staff and the acute lack of resources across our blue light services. There is without doubt, growing concern among the public about the ability of the police, ambulance and fire service to protect them.
Whether I’m in Calverton or elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, I hear the same message. People want to see more police officers and PCSOs on their streets and they want them to be visible. I fully agree. After all, as well as serving as your Police and Crime Commissioner, I’m also a Nottinghamshire resident and I want to feel safe and secure in the place I call home.
Nothing beats face-to-face contact. I know that from the feedback I receive at the many crime prevention roadshows I attend every year. It’s easier to reassure, to build a rapport and get answers when you’re standing right in front of someone.
More police officers are what Nottinghamshire needs and that is exactly what we’re going to deliver. Just a few days ago the Chief Constable, Craig Guildford and I announced that we would recruit 200 police officers this financial year.
We intend to do more next year as well but that depends upon November’s budget and the outcome of discussions on the Police funding formula. In an ideal world we would hope to see the number of officers grow in Nottinghamshire to a figure approaching 2000.
We also need more consistency in the funding announcements made by the Government. We cannot blindly plan for the future, we need clarity and honesty about what our funding grant really means so we can invest and plan our resources effectively. The Chief Constable and I have already met eight Nottinghamshire MPs and have asked for their support to secure a better growth budget when the Chancellor unveils his budget in November and it is an issue I will continue to push.
The force is already recruiting the next generation of police officers, PCSOs, Specials, police staff and volunteers and recently I had the pleasure of meeting some of these new joiners being put through their paces at the training centre. These new faces will be joining a hardworking and committed family and will be soon on duty in your communities, helping to solve your local problems.
If you would like to join us, keep an eye out on Nottinghamshire Police website for our next round of recruitment – coming soon.
On a different note, I’m pleased to say that we’ve just relaunched the annual Best Bar None Scheme. The scheme is aimed at ensuring our licensed premises are responsibly run and that their customers are as safe as possible while having a good time out and about in our vibrant night time economy. If you know of a venue that should apply, encourage them to do so. As the summer rolls on, enjoy some of the excellent venues in this area.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner