I feel immensely privileged to be serving as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. Since being elected in November 2012, I have sought both to support the excellent work of Essex Police and to challenge the force to do better where failings or legitimate concerns have been identified.
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I welcome the report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Clinical Health. The impact of Part Night Lighting (PNL) on road safety and on crime is an important topic which is rightly a subject of public interest. I am aware of some real concerns both about crime in PNL areas and about road safety.
A PROJECT, which uses nature to help young people get their lives back on track, is going from strength to strength thanks to £15,000 funding from the Police & Crime Commissioner.
The Wilderness Foundation’s TurnAround Project, based in Chatham Green, Chelmsford, aims to help young people who have experienced personal or social problems to change their lives.
POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston, welcomed news that the government is planning to reform how it allocates central funding to police forces.
Following my interview with The Times newspaper reported last week, there has been much debate about the role that “bobbies on the beat’ should play in policing our communities. I welcome that debate. It is one that needs to continue and develop. Oddly when many feel I should be making the case for what the public ‘want’, expressed as visible policing – bobbies on the beat – I am having to make the case for what I feel we should as citizens be asking for – safer communities and more effective and efficient policing.