Newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, has published his first "Police and Crime Plan" today.
He said: "There is an underlying theme throughout the plan: partnership, pro-activity, prevention. This is key to me in helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon.
"For example, I want to strengthen neighbourhood policing by creating Safer Neighbourhood Teams, involving not just the police but other agencies, such as local authorities, and communities themselves, such as through the various ‘watch’ schemes."
Other initiatives include a £1 million fund for outside organisations to help reduce crime to come from the PCC’s reserves. Organisations may be able to apply for the funding as early as mid-April.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson has appointed Mr Patrick Geenty as the permanent Wiltshire Police Chief Constable.
He is the first PCC to exercise his power to appoint a Chief Constable since the elections for the UK's first Police & Crime Commissioners took place last November.
“I am delighted to be appointing Patrick Geenty as the substantive Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. As it is such an important role, it was a priority for me to recruit for this post as soon as possible after taking office.
“Mr Geenty has been the temporary Chief Constable since March last year. During that time, and throughout the recruitment process, he has shown a real commitment to leading the Force effectively, working to ensure Wiltshire continues to be one of the safest counties in the country.
“I look forward to continuing to work with him. He is an outstanding leader and I am very pleased that we will be working together to deliver my forthcoming Police and Crime Plan.”
– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon
Mr Geenty has thirty years of experience in the police service.
“I am very proud to be appointed as the substantive Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. I will continue to lead the Force, working alongside Mr Macpherson and other colleagues, to continue to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the county and deliver his Police and Crime Plan, due to be published by the end of March.
“We are working within a challenging financial climate, however I am confident we will continue to provide an effective and efficient police service for the people of Wiltshire.”
– Patrick Geenty, the new Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, is to become the first to exercise the power to appoint a Chief Constable. He has also put forward capping the police aspect of council tax.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner was introduced to the UK last year - with elections held across the country in November 2012.