Following reports in last week’s WSCT, regarding the advent of Police and Crime Commissioners, it is probably worth summarising Horsham District Council’s policy.
When candidates asked if we would support their nomination as PCC, we asked if they would support our residents by not diverting police resources from our rural areas, to areas where anti-social behaviour may be less under control.
They assured us that they would not do that and now we must see that the elected commissioner is held to account. We must hold his/her feet to the fire.
Our district is one of the safest areas in which to live and that is not entirely accidental. Indeed, HDC’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) action team and wardens have worked closely with the police for some years, such that more than 70 per cent of registered ASB offenders, do not now re-offend.
Needless to say, we want to build on that record and will do all that we can to see that the Police and Crime Commissioner is successful.
(Con, Chanctonbury) deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and efficiency
(Con, Steyning) cabinet member for health and wellbeing
Horsham District Council, North Street, Horsham