Matthew Grove: 'Wherever you live, I am your voice on policing and crime'
The first in a series of monthly columns by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove ...
SINCE I was elected as your first police and crime commissioner in November, I have had a packed diary of meetings with the police, local councils and community organisations to discuss how we will work together in the future to cut crime and improve services.
I have also been out and about meeting the public and hearing your views, and in this first column, I'd like to explain what my job is, and how I want to help you.
The easiest way to do this is to look at my job title, police and crime commissioner.
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Police – My job is to hold the police to account on your behalf, I am your voice.
I will set the objectives for police to deliver and ensure you receive an efficient and effective police service.
I will not tell the professionals how to do their job – all operational decisions remain with the chief constable.
As you may have read, our current chief Tim Hollis is retiring soon.
Over the past eight years, he has presided over great improvements in the performance of Humberside Police and has been an inspirational leader. He was always going to be a tough act to follow, that's why I'm delighted to have appointed Justine Curran as his successor.
Justine joins us in April from Tayside Police where she has been in charge for four years.
She has an outstanding track record and has worked in some of the most challenging areas of the country.
I'm confident she will build on Tim's good work and take us into a new era of policing.
Crime – By far the biggest part of my job is to look at how we deal with crime in the community.
I want to make our neighbourhoods safer and give victims of crime a better service.
I will be working with local authorities, community and voluntary services and the legal system to explore how we defeat the causes of crime and antisocial behaviour, and how we stop the "revolving door" of reoffending that sees criminals released from prison only to commit more crime.
I want to see more criminals paying back their debt to society in more visible ways, with fewer victims.
Continuing a life of crime can no longer be an easy option. For the most part, we know who the habitual criminals are.
We must target them instead of them targeting the innocent.
Commissioner – To help me achieve this, I will have funds available to commission services and award grants to partner and community organisations to help cut crime and work with offenders who want to leave a life of crime and return to society.
The Humberside Police area covers 1,350 sq miles. Wherever you live in Hull and the East Riding, I am your voice on policing and crime and I will always be out and about to meet you and hear your views.
To get in touch, visit www.humberside-pcc.gov.uk where you can read my draft police and crime plan.
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. police.uk or write to The Police and Crime Commissioner, Pacific Exchange, 40 High Street, Hull, HU1 1PS.