Angus Macpherson: My legacy
Ahead of his final few months in office, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson has published a report detailing the successes and challenges of his two terms in office.
Angus was the first PCC to be elected in Wiltshire and Swindon during the inaugural elections in 2012 before securing his second term in 2016.
During his tenure, he has represented the public during unprecedented events – such as the Novichok poisonings in 2018 and the current COVID pandemic in addition to ensuring Wiltshire Police maintained an efficient and effective service despite significantly reduced budgets.
Angus said: “My two terms in office have been some of the most rewarding periods of my entire career – I have overseen some incredible initiatives which I know have improved the lives of so many people.
“At the heart of everything I have tried to achieve in the last eight years has been protecting those most vulnerable in our communities and ensuring that the voices of those most in need are heard loudly and clearly.
“From the outset, I was clear that in order to reduce demand on the service, you must do all you can to prevent crime and stop reoffending. I have been involved in a large number of schemes and initiatives which are pivotal to making this happen and have made great strides in these areas.
“I have also championed police staff and volunteers – the police service now is completely different to the one established by Robert Peel in 1829. Today’s police service requires the support and expertise of a wide range of civilians and volunteers and significant input from the communities we strive to protect.
“The Novichok attacks in 2018 are a stand out moment for me during my time in this post – most notably for the incredible way everyone within Wiltshire Police rallied together with the sole aim of protecting our communities. It also serves as a great example of how effectively the police can work with a wide range of partner agencies to support the public.”
Other key achievements for Angus include:
- Setting up a £1m innovation fund to support community and voluntary initiatives
- Launching the community policing project within the county which saw a new ‘one team’ approach to policing
- Investing £1m to recruit hundreds of Special Constables within Wiltshire Police
- Launching restorative justice services via Restorative Together, a multi-agency partnership led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Modernising the police estate and ensuring it is fit for purpose
- Long-term investment into new technology to modernise the workforce
- Commissioning a 24/7 mental health triage system within the police control room
Angus said: “We have achieved a great deal since my appointment in 2012 but there is still work to do to ensure our communities are best protected.
“Throughout my tenure, I have campaigned relentlessly for a fairer funding formula – Wiltshire continues to be one of the most under-funded police forces in the country. I hope that work I have done in this area serves as a platform for my predecessor to continue this campaign.
“Finally, I would like to thank our communities here in Wiltshire and Swindon for their support over the last eight years and all of the amazing police officers, members of staff and volunteers I have had the privilege to work alongside.”
You can read the legacy report below.