Michael Lane was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner on May 2016. Michael said: 'Being elected as your Commissioner is a significant honour. On the first day, I was proud to take an oath to serve all the people of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton...

Michael Lane Police and Crime Commissioner

Michael’s focus will be to make you, your family and your community safer. Michael said: ‘This is a commitment that I imagine myself making to every individual and as a personal promise of my motivation that this should become a reality for each and every one of us…’

My Priorities are to:

Stand up for every resident: being visible, accessible and accountable to the people I represent ensuring their concerns are heard and addressed

To achieve this I will:

  1. Enable effective and efficient operational policing which meets the needs of the people it serves, by empowering the Chief Constable
  2. Strengthen partnerships to work together to reduce crime, promote public safety and create vibrant, inclusive communities
  3. Reduce offending
  4. Support victims and those affected by crime and disorder


What is the Commissioner’s background?

Michael was a Royal Navy Commodore with 30 years experience, including running £100m plus projects; managing complex change programmes in tight financial times; and motivating teams of experienced personnel.

As Hampshire County Council’s Regeneration Project Officer, Michael delivered a major national community project (Rowner), when others thought it impossible. Community engagement & building partnerships were two key skills for the success of this project.

Michael was a Coach on the Commissioner’s Leadership Programme of the Metropolitan Police Service. This experience led to him serving briefly on the Hampshire Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

Michael is from Gosport. and served as a Borough Councillor, championing individuals and local communities.

What is the job of a Police and Crime Commissioner?
  • To hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force
  • Set the council tax precept level and the annual budget
  • Produce a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the overall strategy for policing and crime reduction locally
  • Publish an annual report stating how priorities have been met to enable greater public awareness of police and crime performance
  • Be a voice for the public regarding police and crime matters
  • Directly engage with the public and to seek their views (including those of victims) regarding policing and crime matters
  • Play a leading role in wider community safety issues beyond policing
  • Work with partners and the wider criminal justice system to help cut crime
  • Commission crime prevention and victim support services
  • Provide crime and disorder grants
  • Collaborate and work alongside criminal justice agencies (such as the Crown Prosecution Service, Prison Service and youth
  • offending teams) to provide an efficient and effective local criminal justice system
  • Have regard to the Policing Protocol and Strategic Policing Requirement
  • Appoint the Chief Constable and if necessary dismiss them
  • Consider complaints against and matters of conduct in relation to the Chief Constable
  • Appoint a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner if they so wish
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