Welcome to this, my first newsletter since taking up office as Cumbria’s new Police and Crime Commissioner on 12 May.
I must say at the outset that I am honoured and immensely proud to serve as your Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.
I am under no illusion that the role of Police and Crime Commissioner is a challenging one, but I am confident that my service in the Army and leadership experience will help me to get things done. I look forward to working with and on behalf of the people of Cumbria as well as our excellent police force to ensure that we make the county an even safer place.
To that end, your priorities are now my priorities. I am clear my job is to represent the public and I will work hard for you. My first priority is to ensure the right resource for policing and security of Cumbria. I want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of crime and its demands on how policing is delivered. Once I have got to grips with this, I intend to concentrate efforts in the following areas:
Progress so far
- Establishing with wide consultation the policing priorities for the county to shape the Police and Crime Plan;
- Monitoring crime and anti-social behaviour levels;
- Build on the good work already underway to support and improve services for victims;
- Give our youngsters a voice by establishing a Youth Commission;
- Raise awareness of my role across all communities in Cumbria.
As a start I have already commenced a series of public surgeries and roadshows at key locations across the county, where I have spoken to numerous people to gain an understanding of their views on policing. So far I have visited Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, and Workington. Details of forthcoming surgeries are listed at the end of this newsletter, and are also on my website.
I have also started meeting community groups as I really want to get out in the community to see for myself the issues and how policing can help. For instance I attended a Health and Wellbeing day in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, at the LGBT HQ in Carlisle on 17 May. The event aimed to raise awareness to policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally.
I also visited The Well in Barrow-in-Furness on 31 May, to meet a number of ex-offenders, veterans and those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, who are taking part in a programme funded by my office, where individuals are helped to take control of their recovery, and encouraged to train and gain new skills. Many of the participants have transformed their lives and those of their families and are now making a positive contribution to the community.
As I said earlier, I would really like to hear from community groups – so please do get in touch and let me know where I can help you to make a difference.
One way I might be able to help is that I have just launched my Community Fund. The Community Fund is specifically aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community. Groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to help fund projects that engage in initiatives and interventions to reduce crime and tackle anti-social behaviour. This is an excellent opportunity for community groups, charities and voluntary groups to come forward to receive funding for the work that they are doing which supports reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Do have a look at my website
for full information on how to apply. The closing date for this round of applications is 8 August
, with another opportunity to apply in the autumn.
‘Your Priorities, Your Plan’
In order to understand what your policing priorities are I am keen to engage with as many people and community groups as possible. I have therefore launched a public consultation and I strongly encourage people to engage with it. The results will help with the development of the Police and Crime Plan. The Plan ultimately sets what I will deliver as Police and Crime Commissioner as well as provide the focus for the Constabulary.
The consultation will run from 20 June until 12 August.
Please do come along to my engagement events if you can. If you are unable to come along, there are many other ways to get in touch, and these are:
- You can take part in an on-line survey by clicking this link
- Complete a paper version of the survey (available from the office or at my consultation events);
- You can take part in an on-line meeting on 14 July;
- You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- You can write to me at OPCC, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AU;
- You can call the office on 01768 217734.
Diary Events for June and July
June 7 Public Surgery, Carlisle
June 13 Public Surgery, Workington
June 14 Meeting with Eden District Council
June 24 Meeting with Cumbria County Council
June 27 Meeting with Allerdale Borough Council
June 27 Meeting with Copeland District Council
June 29 Public Surgery, Westmorland Shopping Centre, 12-2pm
July 2 Skelton Show
July 5 Public Surgery, Morrison’s, Penrith 10am – Noon
July 6 Public Accountability Meeting, Carleton Hall, Penrith
July 11 Brough Parish Council Meeting
July 14 Online Consultation Event
July 15 Police and Crime Panel Meeting
July 25 Consultation Roadshow - Tesco’s, Whitehaven 13:30 – 15:30
July 29 Consultation Roadshow – Tesco’s Barrow-in-Furness 11:00 – 13:00
Contact details: email@example.com