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APCC Statement: ‘PCCs will put powerful influence into the hands of the public’ – Now their work begins
Following the declaration of the final Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) poll result this morning, Simon Duckworth, Chairman of the Transitional Board of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has welcomed all PCCs to office and said:
“Though equipped with a wide variety of relevant experiences, Britain’s first Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) all sought election in difficult circumstances because they share a passion to keep communities safe. Questions clearly need to be asked about the election arrangements and lessons learnt, but PCCs are already at work preparing to take up office on 22nd November following a comprehensive handover from police authorities.
PCCs will put powerful influence into the hands of the public over not only policing (and a £12bn budget) but the prevention and reduction of crime by numerous agencies across England and Wales. Public confidence in the police has been rising and crime falling, so British policing is by no means broken, but it has a remarkable capacity to change and respond constructively to challenge. PCCs are also a welcome opportunity to apply fresh thinking to old problems; from rates of reoffending to meeting rising expectations with limited resources, and they will be champions for the interests of victims in every area.
PCCs have important national responsibilities too; their engagement with bodies such as the nascent National Crime Agency and those protecting the public from terrorism and many other threats will soon be essential elements of our shared national security.
Our survey of candidates’ manifestos showed that listening to the public would be Commissioners’ number one priority. The PCC polls therefore marked just the start of PCCs’ essential work of listening to communities and striving to keep them safe. We look forward to supporting their future success.”
For details about the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, visit their website at: www.apccs.police.uk
Posted on Monday 19th November 2012