The blueprints for the future of some of our police forces were published today. But mixed with the budget cuts was news of police recruitment - and a £1 million fund for organisations that want to cut crime.
Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon will be unveiling his Crime Plan today. It will set out the strategic direction for policing over the next four years and will be launched in Devizes at 10 am.
The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset, Colin Port, is taking the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner to court.
It is thought he is taking the action at the High Court against Sue Mountstevens in a bid to keep his job, and that he has called for 6 months notice and an injunction to stop a replacement being appointed.
The Chief Constable announced that he would be standing down the day after the new PCC was elected.
After publicly announcing on November 22 that he intended to retire at the end of his fixed term appointment on January 26, 2013, we were surprised to receive a legal letter from Chief Constable Colin Port, on Friday December 21 requesting six months notice and an injunction blocking the interview process for a new Chief.
We believe his claims are unfounded and we will resist them.
– Office of Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner
On his first day in office as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, a former police officer himself, met the force's Acting Chief Constable Mick Matthews.
He is leaving shortly to take up a job with the MOD police in Cyprus, so one of Mr Surl's first jobs will be to appoint a new Chief Constable. In the meantime, Mick Matthews says the new PCC faces a challenging time.
Martin Surl has spent his first day as Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner. The former police officer stood as an independent candidate, and says that he wanted to spend his first day out meeting people, rather than in an office.
In Cheltenham he met police officers and shoppers who told him they wanted to see more police on the beat.
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will take place in Bristol later. Sue Mountstevens will read an oath to publicly set out her commitment to tackling her new role. The event will be held at The Station this afternoon.