PCC publishes report on progress to date

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk has today (June 28) published his first Annual Report (PDF, 1.37MB).

Tim said, “Although I had only been in the role for a short time, I decided to prepare an annual report covering 2012/13 so people could see the progress to date and see exactly how I have allocated the policing budget and awarded my Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants. For greater transparency the report also shows the Constabulary’s performance against the priorities set by the Police Authority last year.

Looking ahead, Tim said, “The challenges that the Constabulary face are massive. Funding across the whole of the public sector is tight and getting tighter. I am very pleased to report that despite these relentless pressures, the Constabulary is performing well and 92% of people feel safe, which is one of the highest levels of satisfaction in the country. There are areas, such as serious sexual offences and burglary, where performance needs to improve. I have asked the Chief Constable to pay particular attention to these and I will closely monitor the Constabulary’s progress in these areas.

He added, “The good news is that crime levels are down. Last year there were 5,632 fewer crimes recorded compared to the previous year, which is the lowest level for ten years. I am satisfied that the Constabulary is doing a good job but it is my job to see that they are providing the very best value of the Suffolk taxpayer. 

“My ambition is to make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest and I am sure, working with the Chief Constable, Douglas Paxton, we will achieve this goal.

Legislation requires the PCC to present the Annual Report to the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel will consider the report at its next public meeting on Friday 5 July at 10.30am in the Town Hall, Lowestoft.