As Chairman of the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel, I would like to take this opportunity update your readers on our current work, scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Michael Lane - in his role setting policing priorities and engaging with local communities.
Prominent on the agenda at our autumn Panel meeting was the appointment of a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire - to help encourage more open engagement and communication with communities and partners. The Panel recommended that former Portsmouth South MP, Flick Drummond, take up the role, and we look forward to working with her in future.
Our thanks also go to the many residents who provided the Panel with their valuable feedback on the subject of traffic crime and antisocial motor vehicle use. The numerous responses received form an important part of our ongoing proactive scrutiny role – examining key aspects of the work of the Commissioner in this area. These issues clearly affect many people, and we are grateful for the open and honest testimonies of those members of public who attended our recent meeting, to speak about the impacts on their communities. These comments will feature in our upcoming report to the Commissioner, recommending to him, measures to help enhance traffic crime prevention, where possible.
Councillor David Stewart
Chairman of Hampshire Police and Crime Panel