Commissioner sets up new political alliance

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POLITICAL leaders have joined the police and crime commissioner in a new partnership.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s PCC, chaired the first meeting of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Reduction Alliance yesterday.

It was attended by politicians including Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council.

Mr Hayes, pictured, said: ‘As police and crime commissioner I need to be assured that Hampshire Constabulary and other partners responsible for community safety can respond effectively to the needs of communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, especially during times of increased demand.

‘I have established the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Reduction Alliance to seek commitment from partners to work closer together, support one another and co-ordinate the management of resources to protect people and places.

‘It is essential, during this period of austerity and reduced budgets, that we maintain as high a quality of public service as possible across the two counties and that the level of response is sustained during times of increased pressure on services.’

Other leaders who attended included Cllr Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council leader.