In 2016 Martin Surl appointed Chris Brierley as his new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner to support his work. The Deputy PCC will also help the team to make a bigger difference here in Gloucestershire and at a regional and national level. Here Chris tells us more about himself and his role as Deputy PCC:
Hi! I am Chris Brierley and have been Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire since being appointed by Martin in 2016.
I am married to Kim and have two young children who keep me busy. I am a news and media junkie, who is instinctively nosey. For 15 years prior to becoming DPCC, I was a BBC journalist. As I child growing up I was fascinated by the big TV events of my childhood. From the release of Nelson Mandela to the fall of the Soviet Union. I think my interest in reporting really began watching the events leading to Margaret Thatcher leaving office.
From working for 5Live and covering the expenses scandal for the BBC to spending many happy years in local radio in Gloucestershire and Bristol, I believed in holding people to account on behalf of the public, uncovering stories which the public had a right to know about and challenging those in authority. So, in some respects that’s probably why in my role of Deputy I find it easy to represent the public because I believe passionately in public service.
As Deputy my role covers everything and anything, from deputising for Martin at meetings and public events, to leading on work around mental health, partnership working and violence prevention. I am passionate about making the public more aware of what the OPCC does and can achieve on their behalf.
I believe that PCCs can add the most value for the public when it comes to dealing with crime. Whilst governance of the police is important, I believe the OPCC can be a force for good in keeping Gloucestershire a safe place to live, work and visit. That’s why I believe the Commissioner’s fund is something we should be proud of here in Gloucestershire.