As Police and Crime Commissioner, part of my role is to engage with the local community, to do this I hold public meetings, attend events to speak about policing and to listen to what local people say. I write newspaper columns / articles for the media to promote the work that is happening in Northumbria.
I want the public to feel part of Northumbria Police – it is your force. When considering the police element of the council tax, I asked the public to let me know their thoughts. Knowing what local residents think, allows me to focus my thinking on how to deliver their requirements.
The Late Night Levy Partnership in Newcastle continues to go from strength to strength. By liaising with the local authority, publicans and police, we have used the funding from the levy to provide extra visible resources in the city – I continue to support the work of the Street Pastors who work closely with the police and colleagues in the Safe Haven, whichis a staffed venue aimed at helping potentially vulnerable people late at night to provide somewhere to go if they have lost their friends or mobile and are unable to look after themselves.
The public in Northumbria are the heart of our force, under my leadership we will continue to ensure that residents have the confidence to report crime and we will always offer the support and guidance needed to help them through what can be a very traumatic time.
I want Northumbria Police to get it right, first time, every time. I know at times this may not happen, but when we get it wrong we will do everything within in our power to put it right. Complaints against the force aren’t a sign of weakness, they allow me to see where the public thinks improvements can be made.
I am tasked to ensure the police deliver a responsive service. My Police & Crime Plan clearly stipulates how this will be achieved.
In my Police and Crime Plan I promised to make a difference by: