DERBYSHIRE’S first Police and Crime Commissioner was sworn into the new office at Police Headquarters in Ripley yesterday.
Alan Charles made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office as part of a short ceremony at 9.30am witnessed by Celia Cox JP.
But the county’s new police and crime commissioner is taking up his role at a time of unprecedented challenges within the police service, according to the chairman of Derbyshire Police Federation, Mark Pickard.
Mr Pickard has pledged that the federation, which represents the interests of the force’s constables, sergeants and inspecting ranks, will continue to do all it can to ensure that the public receive a quality policing service.
He said: “We would like to congratulate Mr Charles on his election as our PCC.
“We hope to meet with him as soon as possible so that we can discuss our concerns about policing.
“The Government’s 20 per cent cuts to police funding are starting to affect front-line services.
“Police officers cannot see why policing is facing such hard cuts when overseas aid spending has been increased by 34 per cent.
“A Government’s primary duty has to be the safety of its own citizens.
“We hope that Mr Charles will do all he can to work with our Chief Constable to find ways to protect our police service and therefore our communities.” Mr Charles will be talking to Derbyshire residents today as part of a community walkabout in the Derby area before officially taking office tomorrow.
He said: “The last time I talked with the residents was during the election campaign when I listened to what they had to say about antisocial behaviour issues in their neighbourhoods.
“Now that I am their elected representative it’s time to start the ball rolling.
“I’ll be asking for latest information about what’s going on so that we can find the local solutions they need.
“Residents have a right to live and work in peace without having to worry about unacceptable antisocial behaviour.
“These are the kind of on the ground issues that I’ll be working hard to resolve by teaming up with local partners and tapping into their knowledge and resources.”