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Police performance under the local spotlight

 I’ve been surprised on the campaign trail just how many people have asked me for information about becoming part of their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel.One of my promises first time round was to bring stronger, very local accountability to police performance. Setting up SNPs for each local policing area, which are district and borough council boundaries and 3 in Stoke-on-Trent, has been a big part.

Impressive support for all victims

It is four months since a completely new approach to supporting victims started in Staffordshire. It covers the whole county including the City of Stoke-on-Trent.The support for victims used to be arranged from Whitehall for the whole country but in April 2015 it became the legal responsibility of each Police and Crime Commissioner to provide whatever service they believe is right to support victims in their area.

Are we a civilised society when it comes to mental health?

I must confess that before being elected as Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, like most people, I knew nothing about the impact incidents involving mental health issues have on policing or the effect a policing response can have on an individual suffering from mental ill health.If I was walking down the street and saw someone, distressed, acting irrationally and potentially putting themselves in harm’s way it would never have occurred to me to call anyone other than the police.T

Investment in investigations centre of excellence

For a long time now the Staffordshire Police leadership team have wanted to bring together specialist investigations, cutting edge forensics and other specialist services into a centre of excellence. A conglomeration of expertise that will increase capacity and improve capability. That's the plan and I'm keen to support it.

100% of ill-gotten gains funding local crime prevention

In 2013 I changed the rules in Staffordshire so that 100% of the assets seized from criminals by Staffordshire Police goes to fund crime prevention and safety ideas in local areas.Criminals take from law abiding people, police take the ill-gotten gains from criminals (via a court process) and it all ends up back in communities benefitting law abiding people.

Last minute funding will secure refuge future

The urgent decision I've just made to provide running cost funding for a newly built refuge in Stafford means a safe haven for families and individuals suffering serious abuse. It's opened as planned despite a last minute hitch that led to the funding shortfall. A request for help initially came from Stafford Borough Council who have been working with Staffordshire Women's Aid to develop the new accommodation. Because it's a service that will take people out of harm's way immediately and prepare them for life after an abusive relationship it was one of the easier decisions I've made recently.

Council tax leaflet will help keep kids safe

Got to send information out anyway to every house with Council Tax bills explaining how the public money I hold on your behalf is being spent. Thought it sensible each time to get some added value by including information on staying safe and secure. This year's focus is about online safety, particularly for younger people.

New Fund will focus on very local road safety

The power of communities to watch out for each other is invaluable and can support the work of policing as extra eyes and ears in local areas.Local people playing their part in keeping Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent safer is at the heart of the plans I set out in 2013. It may be using Crime Stoppers to anonymously report crime and wrongdoing or it could be taking part in Business Matters which we launched last year.

Let's provide our police with right tools for the job

Thursday was a defining moment for policing in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. I said 3 years ago I wanted the police here to be the most technologically advanced local force in the UK. We've done quite a bit already.

Joined up services cheaper more effective

One of the main things I wanted to do for community safety, which is a wider than just policing, was to encourage different agencies that provide services to work towards more common goals.