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BEDFORDSHIRE PCC MARKS FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE BY PUBLISHING 100 ACHIEVEMENTS
Kathryn Holloway, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the county, is allowing the public to judge her progress in the role by publishing 100 achievements in as many days.

The PCC says she made promises during the run-up to her election in the seven months before taking on the role on May 12, and in her Police and Crime Plan, and wants the public to see what she has done since then.

“It’s really important to me that people can see that I’ve been doing everything possible to deliver on those pledges, make decisions which actually produce a difference for victims and the wider public by putting money where my mouth is and have been building the partnerships which improvements in policing Bedfordshire will depend on in future,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“That’s why I’ve decided to list 100 of these changes on my office and personal websites to show that I’ve been delivering something every day, especially as I’m only the second PCC in office and want people to see that I’m definitely not just here to keep a seat warm,” she said.

Of the list of 100 achievements, Commissioner Holloway said three changes are her own particular favourites:

- The siting of 7 new Community Policing Hubs of extra police officers which she is launching at monthly meetings throughout the county to the end of the year, addressing local policing and crime concerns at the same time.

- Overseeing the breakthrough which has led to one of the most extensive programmes of collaboration between police and fire services, including the sharing of stations.

- The funding of a new video link service to save rape and child abuse victims the trauma of facing their attackers, and their associates, in court to allow them to give evidence remotely.

“My number one priority, and what every community told me they wanted, is more visible community policing and the Deputy Chief Constable and I are delivering that at monthly meetings to let people know in detail which new officers are coming their way. The first one was in Leighton Buzzard, the second in Luton and the third will be in Bedford this month,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“I have had fantastic support from the Chief Constable, Jon Boutcher, the Fire Chief, Paul Fuller, and both of their Deputies in getting action underway to start delivering on joint-working and, in particular, to allow police to share fire stations where police stations no longer exist in future or where this makes sense.

“But, above all, I am proudest of being able to fund the video link which will allow rape and child sex abuse victims to give evidence remotely, rather than going to court if they wish, to reduce the trauma for them and, hopefully, to mean they give their best evidence and get the justice they deserve as a result,” said Commissioner Holloway.

The 100 Day List is being published on the official Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website, bedspcc.org and her own, kathrynholloway.org.uk, from Friday, as August 20 2016 marks her official century of days in office.

Commissioner Holloway is spending Friday, to mark the occasion, by meeting police volunteers and officers. She will start the day with Renhold Speedwatch volunteers, who monitor speeding in the North Bedfordshire village and send out warning letters. She will then attend a briefing in advance of Saturday’s latest Operation Salcoats mass volunteer police operation in Leighton Buzzard before meeting with Bedford business leaders’ organisation BID, together with the Chief of Special Constables, Wayne Humberstone, to build on plans to recruit “Retail Specials” from larger stores to help deal with shoplifting and other town centre problems.

She will then attend a briefing on the Force’s monitoring of Stop and Search powers in Luton, which aims to make sure that they are used fairly and proportionately, before ending the afternoon on a ride-along with Bedfordshire Police’s Mental Health Street Triage Service, in which a police officer, mental health nurse and a paramedic share a police car to attend cases involving patients who they divert on a pathway to more appropriate care and away from custody and the Criminal Justice System.

The new Bedford Community Policing announcements will be made at a meeting at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Bedford, MK41 0AP between 6.30pm and 8pm on August 25. Commissioner Holloway will address the meeting along with DCC Mark Collins.

The PCC’s Police and Crime Plan for Bedfordshire was the first such plan to be published, of those of the 43 police forces of England and Wales and their Commissioners, and can be viewed on the Plan section of the Beds PCC website.

The public are also invited to comment on the Plan via the Police and Crime Plan survey.

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Notes to Editors

The PCC is available for media photographs and interviews on Friday 19 August. Please contact Katie Stanton  (Katie.Stanton@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk / 01234 842872) to arrange.

Please see below PDF for the full 100 List:
 100 achievements in 100 days