PPC Martin Surl's Annual Report 2019

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2

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As the range and complexity of crimes continues to grow, the answer is further complicated by the additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision. With much of the As the range and complexity of crimes continues to grow, the answer is further complicated by the additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision. With much of the Constabulary’s time now spent as first responders to the mental health crisis that is gripping our country, what you might call ‘conventional’ police work is being squeezed. Continued on page 2

Producing an annual report is like crossing the threshold between the old year and the new. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the twelve months that have passed with one eye on what might lie ahead. The primary task of all Police and Crime Commissioners, as laid down by the former Home Secretary who defined the role, is to reduce crime. What is now apparent is that the role of the Constabulary is now more than just that. new. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the twelve months that have passed with one eye on what might lie ahead. The primary task of all Police and Crime Commissioners, as laid down by the former Home Secretary who defined the role, is to reduce crime. What is now apparent is that the role of the Constabulary is now more than just that. Go into many stores, shops and other premises around the county and the chances are you will see the ‘Keep Safe’ logo. For what started as a small group of 10 memory clubs in the Cotswolds, now has more than 1100 shops and businesses signed up and its network reaches throughout the county. ‘Keep Safe’* is one of more than 470 schemes supported by the Commissioner’s Fund since it was launched in 2012.

By Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC fund nears 500 landmark as more sign up to ‘Keep safe’

‘Keep Safe’ is also one of 73 projects whose contracts were renewed in the latest funding cycle which has just drawn to a close alongside 27 new ones which include: • A community safety partnership scheme to address ‘hidden harm’ in the Cotswolds like stalking and sexual violence

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