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Clearing the decks ahead of the election campaign

Posted: Tuesday 5th April 2016

Monday 21 March

A meeting of the independent audit committee at which the major topic of conversation was the audit plans, both internal and external, for the coming financial year. This is a joint committee that oversees both the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the constabulary. All the work is looked at jointly which gives us economies of scale. As well as the audit plans, we shared with the committee the police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) reports on Wiltshire Police produced by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

In the afternoon I had a briefing for a meeting tomorrow on hate crime and further briefings on finance and HR matters from Force leads.

Tuesday 22 March

My agent for the PCC elections called and I also had a meeting this morning with Ben Holloway, the newly-appointed Communications and Digital Channels Manager. He has some interesting ideas about developing the Wiltshire Police website and the Community Messaging process.

In the afternoon I chaired the multi-agency Hate Crime Board. This is a new body looking at the various strands of hate crime. It was pleasing that a wide range of representatives from across the strands of diversity attended and I think that we can build on what has been a constructive first meeting.

Wednesday 23 March

Today I am in Bridgwater in Somerset for the South West Police Collaboration Board. Bearing in mind that we are so close to the PCC elections, it was a very constructive meeting. We were able to agree a schedule of continuing work and, more interestingly, delay rather than terminate workstreams that not all PCCs or constabularies were happy to sign up to at this time.

Thursday 24 March

After a morning in the office, we all went to a local pub for lunch to say farewell to Katie Broomfield who is leaving us today. She certainly goes with our best wishes for the future.

In the afternoon I had a meeting at Swindon Borough Council with the two leaders of Swindon and Wiltshire. We all agreed with each other which isn’t always the case.

My final briefing for MPs happened today as I visited James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire. He had no issues with the performance of Wiltshire Constabulary and it was interesting to discuss the challenges offered by working with the newly-amalgamated Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

In the evening I attended a meeting of the volunteer police cadets at Lydiard Park Academy in Swindon. They did tremendously well at the sleep-out held at police HQ back in December and we were pleased to hand over a cheque to Threshold Housing Link for £3,841. A good effort by our cadets.

Cadets presentation2

Tomorrow is Good Friday and the start of the four-day Easter break. When we return to the office on Tuesday, the pre-election purdah will be upon us.

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