Statement from Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping following the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament today.
“These new and necessary restrictions are a stark reminder to us all that we must all play our part in trying to control the rise in coronavirus infections.
“PCCs will continue to work with chief constables, partners, and local communities to make sure the right support and resources are in place and that the public understand the rules and indeed the consequences if they are knowingly flout the rules.
“I am pleased that there will be extra funding provided for police and local authorities. PCCs will play an active role in making sure it reaches the parts of policing that need it the most.
“It has been suggested that the Government will make £60m available to fund police overtime as clearly extra officers can't just be conjured up. In an effort to tackle knife crime last year £150m was made available to just 18 police forces.
“If the Prime Minister really wants to do the job properly police forces will need at least £300m.
“I believe that the vast majority of the public will adhere to these new restrictions and do their bit to curtail the spread of the virus.
“Police officers will continue to engage, explain, and encourage people to do the right thing before taking enforcement action. I am sure communities will continue to work with them to help reduce the infection rate, save lives and avoid fines.”
Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire
Paddy Tipping was elected as Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 and re-elected with an overwhelming majority in May 2016. He is also Chair of the national Association of the Police and Crime Commissioners.
A former MP for Sherwood, as Commissioner he has prioritised the needs of victims of crime and continues to call on the government to ensure policing receives the funding and resources it needs.
In his role as the Labour-party’s lead on police finance matters, he has been at the forefront of the debate on police funding and the calls for modernisation of the police service.
On the national level, he chaired the Chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board, and also sits on the Board of both the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Police ICT company.
During his time as an MP he undertook a number of efficiency studies for the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and was closely involved in the Lawrence Inquiry.
Issued by Sallie Blair on behalf of Paddy Tipping 07702 541401
Posted on Tuesday 22nd September 2020