Hampshire police chief gets backing

TARGETS Simon Hayes, Hampshire's police and crime commissioner. Picture: Dan Wilson Photography
TARGETS Simon Hayes, Hampshire's police and crime commissioner. Picture: Dan Wilson Photography
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TWO-HUNDRED more police officers on the beat reducing problems with anti-social behaviour.

A crackdown on domestic abuse and criminals who reoffend.

Making sure victims and witnesses become more important in the role of policing.

These are some of the objectives Hampshire’s new Independent Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes wants to focus on while he’s in office.

Now Mr Hayes is a step closer to making changes happen after The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel, which holds his role into account, gave his draft Police and Crime Plan the seal of approval at a meeting on March 1.

The panel is made up of representatives from local councils and those not linked to a political group. The commissioner will now draw up a final version on March 21.

Panel chairman Councillor David Stewart said: ‘The Police and Crime Plan is an important document that will set out the criteria by which the panel will be holding the commissioner to account in the coming year, and this draft is a strong basis from which we will continue to challenge and scrutinise the PCC and his work.

‘Among Mr Hayes’ policing priorities and budget plans is a clear commitment to community safety and protecting victims of crime.’

The feedback comes after results from a public consultation found people wanted to see more officers on the beat tackling problems with anti-social behaviour.

There is also support for a three per cent rise in the police element of the precept to help cover the costs of extra front-line staff – but people want to see specific details of what is being spent.

Mr Hayes will be paid £80,000 a year to make sure the police force is delivering on its priorities outlined in the plan.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I am very pleased to have received support from the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel, and their valuable feedback will be taken into consideration when finalising the plan ahead of its launch later this month.’