A meeting is being held in Derbyshire today to discuss alcohol-related crime.
The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, and other health agencies have agreed to share their expertise and knowledge in an effort to identify fresh ways of dealing with alcohol misuse in Derbyshire and ultimately reduce crime rates.
Stronger scrutiny is required of elected police commissioners to prevent 'maverick decision making', a damning report by MPs has warned.
The report follows a string of heavily-criticised decisions made by commissioners, including Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick, who suspended Chief Constable Neil Rhodes over "potential conduct matters", which were later rejected by the police watchdog, the IPCC.
Nottingham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping has confirmed that 150 additional police officers and 100 Police Community Support Officers will be employed within the next two years.
In a major investment in frontline policing, the Commissioner plans for 150 police officers to be recruited in 2013-14 and a further 120 police officers in each of the subsequent years.
He has also budgeted for 35 PCSOs to be recruited in 2013-14 and 2014-15, with 30 more in 2015-16.
"This increase is reflective of the Government's cut in funding and the unfair funding formula. We need to protect funding for policing, not just this year, but in the future, in order to fulfill our pledges and objectives.
We need to make sure that crime continues to fall in Nottinghamshire - and you can't do that by cutting resources."
– Paddy Tipping, Nottingham's Police and Crime Commissioner
The Conservative Party's Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Mike Quigley, has announced he will be standing down ahead of the PCC elections on November 15.
His announcement follows confirmation that a minor offence committed more than four decades ago bars him from standing.
“It was an honour to be selected as the Conservative Party’s Nottinghamshire candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. It is with regret that I must stand down following confirmation that an offence committed more than 44 years ago for, which I was fined, bars me from the post.”
– Mike Quigley
Councillor Tony Roberts has been confirmed as the Party's new candidate.