New police and crime commissioner gets down to business
Alison Hernandez will mark her first day as Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by visiting one of the key organisations that will help deliver her priorities to the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Ms Hernandez, will visit Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE) in Queen Street, Exeter, a specialist service for those affected by domestic violence and abuse – one of the 70 accredited organisations that forms the PCC’s victims care network.
“Last Thursday the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly elected me as their Police and Crime Commissioner,” said Ms Hernandez
“Today I take up that post determined to serve every single person that lives in this police area and determined that the priorities I want to implement in the next four years are heard.”
The key areas Ms Hernandez will prioritise are:
- Reviewing the police station closure plan – people have told me they feel abandoned in their communities and we must look at ways in which we can fix this;
- Keeping people safe online and on our streets – prevention and awareness will be key to progress in these areas;
- Improving the care and support for victims of crime – I want to build on the excellent work to date of the victim care unit and ensure that people in Devon and Cornwall get the best support possible;
- Making sure we get the best funding deal possible – our local police force has been underfunded for years – we need a system of funding that better reflects issues like rurality and tourism to recognise the pressures placed on policing in our counties
“Most of all I am determined to get on with delivering my pledges without distraction,” said Ms Hernandez.
“I cannot allow my work, or the good name of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, to be overshadowed by matters relating to the declaration of election expenses in last year’s general election campaign.
“Quite properly, my chief executive, Andrew White, has today (Thursday) referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”