Tackling crime and low-level harassment against women and girls is high on the agenda for newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
Speaking after he had formally taken the Declaration of Acceptance of Office accepting the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire for a second term, the Commissioner said that it had been a great privilege to serve his first term and an even greater privilege to be asked to serve again.
He went on to say that he was proud of the achievements since his election in 2012, which recently show that crime in Nottinghamshire is falling faster than almost anywhere else in the UK and Nottinghamshire Police as the fastest improving police force in England and Wales. He added that he was exceptionally pleased to see the amazing progress made in terms of Stop and Search which now sees Nottinghamshire Police with one of the lowest stop and search rates in the country but the highest positive outcome rate.
Looking ahead, he added that he had some clear ideas on what he wants to achieve in the next four years. This includes building on the work done over the previous term to improve services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and developing the agenda to tackle low-level harassment and crimes against women and girls.
The Commissioner said: “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 in doing so 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.
“But the police cannot do this alone. Working with our communities and other agencies we can do more. We have an agenda for action and change, now we need to get on and do it.”
Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable Chris Eyre said he was ‘delighted’ to see Mr Tipping back in Office, echoing the words of Mel Jeffs of Nottingham Women's Centre, who said that ‘Paddy Tipping saw the need to focus on women’s safety, making it a top priority, as he was aware that women and girls are disproportionally affected by crime’.
The Declaration of Acceptance of Office was held on Wednesday, May 11, at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham following the election on May 5, which saw Mr Tipping victorious, with large majority.
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Posted on Wednesday 11th May 2016