This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Police commissioner pledges to get out and about

Great article in the Oxford Mail - well worth a read. Here are some choice extracts:
Mr Stansfeld has spent his first 100 days learning about the workings of the force and has now pledged to go out and meet members of the public. He said: “I was elected to represent the people on policing and crime and I am keen to talk to and meet as many people as possible.
“Now that my internal meetings are nearly complete, I will be spending a lot more time visiting the public and attending events and I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.”
The Oxford Mail asked 100 people from across Oxfordshire, including Oxford, Witney, Abingdon, Wantage and Bicester, if they recognised Mr Stansfeld from a picture and if they voted in the PCC elections in November.
Only six people said the picture was of the Police and Crime Commissioner. No one could name him and only 14 voted in the election.
So that is 6% could identify the picture and no one could name him...

And he has spent his first 100 days learning about the workings of the force...?! This is the man who sat on the Police Authority for several years! This is also the man who claimed he has personally had an impact on police performance. And he knew so little about the force, he had to spend most of the first 100 days finding out about its workings?!?

Well. At least he has pledged to get out more. As it happens he is giving a lecture tomorrow in Buckingham University. (Details here)

But do read the Oxford Mail article - they asked him some cracking questions...

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