Category Archives: Police & Crime Commissioner

Sussex MPs need to learn from the Manchester mistakes


This letter is directed at the nine Conservative Greater Manchester MPs who have recently written publicly to Matthew Hancock in an attempt to criticise Andy Burnham. They appear to have ignored that the call for the whole of Manchester to … Continue reading

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We clearly need a new competent Government


So this morning I took the latest posting from the Government website which is shown here along with my arrow and question. In the last 96 hours there has been a range of contradictory plans and demands from the Government. … Continue reading

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David Munro is pretending we need changes to the law


The role of a Police and Crime Commissioner is one that can make a significant difference in our communities to improve the Criminal Justice System. A system which Nick Herbert claimed 10 years ago was incoherent and yet in that … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day from House of Commons and well beyond


On Thursday the House of Commons set aside a couple of hours in this debate to raise the profile of International Women’s Day which takes place today. Only two MPs from Sussex took part in the debate and the first … Continue reading

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PCCs were never intended to run Blue Light services


Whatever the motivation of this question that was answered in the House of Lords on 27th February it is very clear to me as someone who took part in the early steps of the Police and Crime Commissioner roles, that … Continue reading

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Priti Patel needs to understand how crime reduction can be achieved


One of the themes that was not very evident in the publicity around Priti Patels speech yesterday was that of crime reduction or crime prevention. Sadly the reference to crime reduction only occurred three times in her speech and crime … Continue reading

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Conservatives are not competent funding Police or any other public service


These two images above, both come from two Conservative Government Ministers speaking to the public and to local politicians, both referring to the same local tax arrangements. Back in 2012 Eric Pickles was working very hard to ensure that the … Continue reading

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The conflict between Sussex MPs and our Police and Crime Commissioner


Last Wednesday 12 of the 16 Sussex MPs voted to oppose an increase in national policing to be directed towards neighbourhood policing. The proposal came from the Labour Party who argued that the proposed 20,000 increase by the Conservative Government … Continue reading

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Chief Constable Martin Hewitt is right and Patel/Johnson are wrong


This article in the Independent newspaper which is matched by similar articles in Policing Insight and Police Oracle raises the need for the Government to reverse its focus on simple tests for crime capture statistics and instead focus in part … Continue reading

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Parliament is opening up for 2020 – let us hope they become accountable!


At this time of year, the traditional dates can seem a bit strange depending on how one interprets them so although it is nearly a week since the 2020 New Year began, on the other hand a New Year does … Continue reading

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