I am delighted to announce that my deputy, Chris Brierley, is the new chair of Safer Gloucestershire.

Safer Gloucestershire was formed last year and calls on the expertise and leadership of senior managers from a range of agencies across the county whose job is to oversee community safety in the county, whilst looking to anticipate potentially dangerous or harmful situations and plan solutions should they arise.

Chris will undertake this role in addition to his other Deputy PCC duties. He takes over with immediate effect from Stewart Edgar who was the previous chair until his resignation as the county’s Chief Fire Officer earlier this month.

Sarah Scott, director of Public Health and Commissioning of Children’s Services is the new vice-chair (replacing Chris in this role).

Safer Gloucestershire works closely with the Constabulary, my office, local authorities and other partnerships such as the Health and Well Being Board and the Youth Justice Partnership Board. They will also work with the new Working Together partnership that will replace the Children’s Safeguarding Board.

Chris said: “Gloucestershire is already a safe place to live and work. Our task is to make the county even safer”.

I echo those thoughts and fully support the work of Safer Gloucestershire and of course their new chair.