The Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner has celebrated his first year in the role by reflecting on the achievements made over the past twelve months.
Elected on 7th May 2021, PCC Mark Shelford has overseen the publication of the Police and Crime Plan, the appointment of Chief Constable Sarah Crew and the increase in the policing part of the council tax following a consultation with more than 5,600 responses from local people.
With the support of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), the PCC has also secured over £1million in funding for Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors as well as over £100k of additional funding for sexual violence and domestic abuse services.
Mr Shelford has supported the launch of the Identifying Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System report and, since being elected, the PCC has also become the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s national lead for Economic and Cyber Crime and the Chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board.
He is also looking to the future and moving forward with his plans for the rest of his term to support his four Police and Crime Plan priorities including:
- Preventing and fighting crime
- Engaging, supporting and working with communities, victims and partner organisations
- Leading the police to be efficient and effective
- Increasing the legitimacy of, and public confidence in, the police and criminal justice system
Last Thursday, 5th May, the PCC’s first Performance and Accountability Board was broadcast live for residents and partners to watch as he discharged his duty to scrutinise and hold Chief Constable Sarah Crew to account for delivering effective policing across the force area.
PCC Mark Shelford said: “What a year! I have enjoyed every single day, week and month since being elected in May 2021.
“I want to say a massive thank you to the OPCC team for their support over the last 12 months in helping me to deliver the Police and Crime Plan, increase the precept and appoint Chief Constable Sarah Crew.
“There’s still plenty of work to be done including continuing to ensure Chief Constable Sarah Crew is delivering policing that is efficient and effective; meeting with local people and partners – particularly residents in rural areas – to hear about their policing concerns; and progressing work on the national Economic and Cyber Crime portfolio.
“In addition, my team and Avon and Somerset Police will continue to work towards delivering the policing and crime objectives set out in the Police and Crime Plan including: preventing and fighting crime; engaging, supporting and working with communities, victims and partner organisations; leading the police to be efficient and effective; and increasing the legitimacy of, and public confidence in, the police and criminal justice system.
“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what we can be achieved for the local people of Avon and Somerset.”