Bedfordshire PCC Kathryn Holloway calls for more

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Bedfordshire’s PCC marks first 100 days in office by publishing 100 achievements in the role.

Kathryn Holloway, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the county, is allowing the public to judge her progress in the role by publishing 100 achievements in as many days.

The PCC says she made promises during the run-up to her election in the seven months before taking on the role on May 12, and in her Police and Crime Plan, and wants the public to see what she has done since then.

“It’s really important to me that people can see that I’ve been doing everything possible to deliver on those pledges, make decisions which actually produce a difference for victims and the wider public by putting money where my mouth is and have been building the partnerships which improvements in policing Bedfordshire will depend on in future,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“That’s why I’ve decided to list 100 of these changes on my office and personal websites to show that I’ve been delivering something every day, especially as I’m only the second PCC in office and want people to see that I’m definitely not just here to keep a seat warm,” she said.

Of the list of 100 achievements, Commissioner Holloway said three changes are her own particular favourites:

The siting of 7 new Community Policing Hubs of extra police officers which she is launching at monthly meetings throughout the county to the end of the year, addressing local policing and crime concerns at the same time.

Overseeing the breakthrough which has led to one of the most extensive programmes of collaboration between police and fire services, including the sharing of stations.

The funding of a new video link service to save rape and child abuse victims the trauma of facing their attackers, and their associates, in court to allow them to give evidence remotely.

She continued: “My number one priority, and what every community told me they wanted, is more visible community policing and the Deputy Chief Constable and I are delivering that at monthly meetings to let people know in detail which new officers are coming their way. The first one was in Leighton Buzzard, the second in Luton and the third will be in Bedford this month.

“I have had fantastic support from the Chief Constable, Jon Boutcher, the Fire Chief, Paul Fuller, and both of their Deputies in getting action underway to start delivering on joint-working and, in particular, to allow police to share fire stations where police stations no longer exist in future or where this makes sense.”

The 100 Day List is being published on the official Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website, bedspcc.org

The public are also invited to comment on the plan via the Police and Crime Plan survey.