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Commissioner names his Deputy


Women's Centre event

New Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping has named Chris Cutland as his Deputy.

The Commissioner made the announcement today (Thursday, 22 November) – his first official day in post.

Making the announcement at Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid, Paddy Tipping said: “I’ve worked with Chris for over 30 years and know how committed she is to working with women and children. We all agree that everyone needs to do more regarding domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire and Chris is the right person to deliver that. I welcome her to the team.”

Chris Cutland is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Aid Integrated Services based in Nottingham. She intends to continue her work with the charity on a part time basis over the next few weeks to ensure a seamless handover, while simultaneously beginning her new role.

After the announcement she said: “I’m thrilled at this wonderful opportunity to use my experience in both the voluntary sector and local authorities to give victims of crime and those who have suffered or who are risk of domestic abuse a louder voice. 

“Being a victim of crime is a traumatic experience whatever the circumstances and we will be highly victim focussed, using their views to shape services to ease the journey to recovery.”

Chris Cutland has a long history with women’s organisations and the wider public sector, giving her widespread contacts and depth of experience to help her quickly make a difference in her new role. She is keen to see better engagement with local communities and subsequent decisions taken based on what local people actually want.

Each of the 41 PCCs in England and Wales are allowed to appoint a Deputy of their own choice. Chris Cutland’s appointment is designed to ensure that partnership working is truly multi-agency, with a firm focus on the needs of victims.

Today (22 November) is the first formal day of office for the new Commissioner but he has already got down to business, keeping his promises to be a People’s Commissioner, with a number of public and community meetings.

One of his first tasks will be to publish a five-year Police and Crime Plan setting out the priorities for policing and community safety on which the Chief Constable will be held to account.


Posted on Thursday 22nd November 2012
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