Celebrating 10 years of Police and Crime Commissioners
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Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire, John Dwyer, is taking the opportunity to reflect on the contribution made by PCCs in the last decade.
2022 marks ten years since Police and Crime Commissioners were first elected as the public’s voice in policing and given the responsibility of holding the Chief Constable to account, setting the police budget and commissioning services for victims of crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said:
“It has been a decade since Police and Crime Commissioners started making a real difference in policing and contributing to making their communities even safer.
“My role is all about listening the public’s concerns and issues in order to ensure Cheshire Constabulary are providing the effective and efficient police service that our communities deserve.”
John Dwyer original took to office in the 2012-2016 period and was then re-elected in 2021. In this time, he has published the Police and Crime Plan which outlines six priorities, fed back by the public during an in-depth consultation, for his office and the Constabulary to deliver. These are:
Prevent and tackle crime
Make Cheshire’s roads safer
Deliver justice for victims of crime
Protect vulnerable and at-risk people
Improve public confidence in policing
Modernise our police service
This year, the Commissioner has secured an additional £1.5 million from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund which is being used to support a number of different projects, including an educational behaviour-change programme in high schools to teach young people about spotting harmful behaviours when out at night and intervene in certain situations.
Previous funding from the Safer Streets Fund has also supported new technology within the Constabulary’s Force Control Centre such as GoodSAM, which allows 999 callers to have a direct video link to the police.
A common concern that has been raised by the public to the Commissioner is the number of officers within Cheshire. John Dwyer has ensured the Constabulary are on track to have the highest number of officers there has been since the county’s boundaries were set in the 1970’s.
Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning services for victims of crime and that support the prevention of crime. Over his time in office John Dwyer has continued to support Cheshire CARES who provide aftercare for victims of crime, as well as Remedi who provide a restorative justice service across Cheshire.
Over the past year, around £700,000 has been given to community groups to help with initiatives to prevent crime and tackle anti-social behaviour.
John Dwyer added:
“I want to thank the people in Cheshire for their continued feedback, the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner cannot be done effectively without public input.
“10 years has gone extremely quickly, and I believe there has been progress on people’s priorities within my time as Commissioner. There is always more to be done and I know people expect continued progress, which is something I am committed to.”