Police & Crime Commissioner optimistic about Wiltshire's policing
In his first annual report since he was re-elected in 2016, Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, says he is optimistic about the state of policing in Wiltshire - despite the challenges.
Mr Macpherson writes: “I continue to be optimistic about the state of policing and community safety in Wiltshire and Swindon despite the evolving threats, reforms and reduced resources which continue to challenge all public sector organisations."
He says burglaries from homes are now a Force priority as a result of a 21 per cent increase. Nationally the increase is six per cent.
Vehicle offences are 28 per cent higher (749 offences) than in 2015-16. Mr Macpherson notes: “Three quarters of these offences in Wiltshire and Swindon were preventable, where the vehicle was insecure or valuables were left on display."
“A high profile crime prevention campaign has been undertaken, particularly in locations which are at higher risk and additional policing resources have been deployed.”
He calls the funding from the government 'unfair' - the area gets one of the lowest amounts per head for policing in the country. And he is lobbying the government and local MPs '...to provide funding that does not disproportionately disadvantage the people of Wiltshire and Swindon.'
The full report can be read here. And there is a video message from the Commissioner here.