Commissioner Simmonds reflects on his first 100 days

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Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has marked his first 100 days in the job.

Speaking today, Mr Simmonds described the demands of the job, but revealed it had been a “blast”.

Police commissioner Adam Simmonds

Police commissioner Adam Simmonds

He has, during his first three months, made a series of announcements of what he plans to do, including the sell-off of Wootton Hall, the launch of a new officer for the eradication of drugs as well as plans to “merge” police and fire services.

Mr Simmonds said: “In my first 100 days in office I have set a policing budget for the new financial year and published a five year police and crime plan, which breaks significant new ground.

“These mean that next year there will be spending on more police officers. Numbers of PCSOs will be retained and will have increased powers. Additionally, more than £4.1m will be used to expand the police cadets and special constabulary and create a reserve police force over the next three years.

“In April, I will launch Northamptonshire Victims’ Voice, to be headed by a nationally known figure, to carry out work to ensure the voices of victims of crime are fully heard.

“There will be £1.2m committed over three years to launch crime prevention activity to apply internationally proven experience here in Northamptonshire, new work on the eradication of drugs and faith based and community initiatives to better connect public and police.

“There is now a stronger focus in policing on violent crime and alcohol and drug-related crime.

“And a total of £1m over three years will be used to increase efficiency across policing, including maximising value for money from a review of all police land and buildings.

“Additionally, talks are now under way to explore how the police and fire services can work much more closely together for the public good.

“I have spent time going around the county meeting police officers, victims of crime, ex-offenders, magistrates and others. This has included several night shifts with operational police in most of the main towns.

“I and my team have worked hard to deliver. We will continue to drive change and improvement in policing and criminal justice.”

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