I would like to thank all of you who were able to attend the LGA conference and the various events held specifically for PCC candidates on 28 June 2012. It was useful to hear the views of Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Justice as well as a range of other guest speakers.
The whole day brought home to me how important the role of councils will be in helping PCCs deliver their priorities, and the need to join up local services to achieve the best outcomes for local communities and drive down crime.
Councils will also be involved through police and crime panels which will hold PCCs to account in each police force area. I am pleased to report that most councils are on target to meet the deadline for setting up police and crime panels and for providing information on this to the Home Office by 16 July 2012.
You may have seen our statement last week about our discussions with the Association of Police Authorities and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners about how we might form a strong relationship nationally so that we can help PCCs make the public safer (see media section below). We are at an initial stage in discussions but I look forward to updating you on progress in a future edition of this bulletin.
In the meantime please feel free to continue giving me feedback about this bulletin and do let me know if there are ways we might be able to assist you in the coming months.
Councillor Mehboob Khan
Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
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31 July 2012