I have set up an Ethics and Transparency Panel of stop and search across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. That gives me the confidence that they are carried out in line with intelligence-led policing.
We have found a way to reduce the demand on police time from mental health episodes. It is now time to look at other demands on the police and see how they can be reduced – or how the costs can be recouped in full.
We need visible policing to deter criminals, neighbourhood policing to support local residents and businesses; putting resources where they will make the most difference.
I was determined to maintain police officer numbers at 2,242 full time equivalents. To afford that has meant cutting the number of other staff.
As this marvellous city prepares for Diwali, I trust leaders and communities will come together to extinguish the hostility and tension which have darkened the last few weeks.
I aim to give the police the training, equipment, and leadership they need to strengthen their relationship with the law-abiding public.
“That report into the project set up by my predecessor is back… Well, that project is getting axed for a start.”
Drones can track down criminals on the run. That is more cost-effective than sending a police helicopter.
They benefit from tariff and quota-free access. If you eat calamari in southern Europe, there is about a 50 per cent chance it is a Falklands squid.
The Europhile establishment is now clamouring for an early referendum with less space for vital debate. We’re ready for them.