[T]he newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall has today started his four year term of Office.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall will be responsible for setting the policing priorities for Cumbria Constabulary to keep Cumbria safe and to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public.
Peter McCall said: “I am honoured and immensely proud to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.
“The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is a challenging one, but I am confident with my army background and leadership experience gives me the ability 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 are kept safe.
“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 gain an understanding of the budget as this is of critical importance in ensuring the right resource for the police service in Cumbria. Together with this financial information I want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of crime and its demands on how policing is delivered.
“I will be monitoring crime and anti-social behaviour levels, and naturally, I will be looking to maintain the low levels of crime in Cumbria. However, in some areas such as domestic violence, I want to encourage victims to have the confidence to come forward and report incidents, so numbers may increase. We must not hide away from this reality.
“I will be building on the good work that has been started to support victims and ensure consistent support across the county. I am especially keen to progress the work focusing on prevention and to try and stop people entering the criminal justice system in the first place.
“One of my key election manifesto promises was for a youth commission. I am keen to bring this to fruition as quickly as possible as the young people of Cumbria deserve to be listened to.
“During the election campaign it was evident that more needs to be done to build people’s understanding of the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, so I will be aiming to raise awareness.
“As a start I will be holding surgeries at key locations across the county and I invite people to come and attend and let me know their views on policing. I would like community groups to make contact, as I really want to get out in the community to see for myself the issues and how policing can help.
“I am keen to speak to as many people as possible as this will help with the development of the Police and Crime Plan which ultimately sets what I will deliver as Police and Crime Commissioner as well as the crime fighting focus for the Constabulary.”