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My brief from the Home Secretary is to cut crime but I want to go beyond that. I want there to be less crime, of course, but I also want to tackle anti-social behaviour – things that aren’t regarded as crimes but which blight our communities – and in doing so make Gloucestershire an even better place to live and work

In order to achieve that, I produced a Police and Crime Plan based on my own views and experience and what Gloucestershire residents told me they wanted before the first election. The plan can be summarised under six headings or priorities as follows: 'Accessibility and accountability'; 'Older but not overlooked'; 'Young people becoming adults'; 'Safe days and nights for all'; 'Safe and social driving' and 'Safer cyber'.

You can see the plan in detail here but here is a brief explanation of what I mean by those priorities:

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Police and Crime Plan Priorities

Accessibility and accountability
Getting the right resources to the right situation or problem first time, every time, on time and dealing with the matter appropriately and effectively. The ideal of the local officer working the beat needs to be realised in Gloucestershire.
Older but not overlooked
Older people need to feel and remain an active part of our communities whether they live in their own homes or are in residential care. Both should be part of the police beat with the local officer being visible and proactive with all vulnerable groups.
Young people becoming adults
We need sensitive, relevant and effective policing to ensure our young people become law-abiding, productive members of society. The ‘system’ must work for them, not against them.
Safer days and nights for all
Gloucestershire has a strong night-time economy but it needs to be better managed, with alcohol-related crime and disorder being reduced. Everyone should be able to go out to our parks, pubs and streets without fear.
Safe and social driving
People should be able move around our communities in safety and with as much ease and convenience as possible. The police will enforce the law when necessary, but we will all work to reduce offending and antisocial driving.
Safer cyber
People must be safe online. This priority will improve the capability of the Constabulary to protect people from internet crime and anti-social behaviour on social network sites whether at their place of work or in their own homes.
Page last updated: 20 November 2018