Since 2016, I have worked tirelessly as your Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that you receive the service that you deserve, and more importantly - that you pay for.
On my watch, Cumbria Police are now among the top 11 Forces in the country being graded Good with Outstanding Features by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
Our establishment total (number of officers) has increased by 143 from 1120 in 2016 to 1,263 today with at least another 50 to come which is more officers than Cumbria Police has ever had. This has allowed us to start putting officers back into our smaller towns to cover rural areas where we’ve just not had the resource for many years.
This is a programme I want to see increase further, this work is not yet complete, re-electing me will allow us to do even more.
FUNDING FOR VITAL SERVICES
Part of my role is to manage the Police Property Act Fund. The fund accumulates as a result of the disposal of property coming into the possession of the police under the Police Property Act 1987 and the Powers of the Criminal Courts Act 1973. Community groups and individuals can submit applications for funding on a quarterly basis. Between that and the Covid Recovery Fund from my own budget I have allocated over £300,000 to vital services and good causes over my term.
CRIME IS DOWN
Overall crime is down some 7% but there is no place for complacency, we have had significant successes against drug dealers but that is a never ending battle so long as people take drugs. We are heading in the right direction, now is not the time to throw away all of that hard work.
Cumbria remains one of the safest places to live and work in the country and I intend to keep it that way.
CONTACT WITH POLICE - 101 AND 999
Average waiting time for 101 is around just 4 minutes, while 999 response is under 10 seconds There is a balance to be struck - more staff answering phones means fewer police responding, that’s why we have shifted much of the contact online. We continue to improve our online services through constant feedback.
It has been a privilege to serve as PCC but the job is not done yet - we can not take our foot off the pedal now. I want us to continue working together so that you see more of our cops while we keep the council tax as low as possible.
Please take a couple of minutes to complete my survey, and give us your views on crime and policing in your local area.
Peter McCall, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner