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Commissioner's response to Plymouth City Council motion

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has released the following statement in response to Plymouth City Council's vote of no confidence

I am disappointed about the outcome of the vote, which I do not believe represents the wider Plymouth community. It will not detract me from representing the views of the public which is central to my role.  As previously stated, I don’t want to see armed vigilantes roaming the streets, but a discussion about how the public responds to any immediate terror threat is completely valid.

Freedom of speech and the ability to have open public debate about the issues raised with me will continue. I want to assure our communities in Plymouth, and across the force area, that I will work with the Chief Constable to improve the safety on our streets and in our homes.

I am fully committed to working with Plymouth, a city I know and love - having worked for the city council for a number of years. To support my work with partners in Plymouth, I have made over £600,000 directly available to Plymouth from my commissioning funds to support the work of Safer Plymouth as well as the local Youth Offending Team and Safeguarding Boards.

In addition my wider investments across Devon in victim care services, mental health street triage and rehabilitation and offender management will help us to ensure Plymouth remains a safe and vibrant city.

I am here as the public's representative in policing for Plymouth, and the whole force area, and they should continue to contact me directly to discuss any matters that concern them.
Alison Hernandez