Welcome to my blog, where you can find out more about my motivation and thoughts as the Police and Crime Commissioner, serving Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton. I also host guest blogs from partners and people working alongside my office.
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As the Prime Minister confirmed last night, “this is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week”. For today and planning for the coming week, it is still my advice that, if in doubt, you continue to stay safe and help others stay safe by adopting the measures of the last weeks.
As we approach a moment of remembrance and celebration recognising the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and that moment when, after a period of dark, struggle and sacrifice, the ‘Lights went on again’, we can toast those who went before and reinforce our own determination today to be united, all our communities, every man, woman and child, in a common purpose to find a new, better and safer future.
Earlier this week, Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane spoke to local radio station Unity 101 about the police response to Covid-19 and how his office supports Hampshire Constabulary as well as other organisations during the pandemic.
For so many, at the moment, each day, each shift, each hour, is a ‘come as you are’ event ‘to do all that we can’ to keep us all safer – and it remains essential that we all play our part. And of course, for all those ill, hours and minutes can matter.
Keeping people safe is everyone’s top priority, but we recognise that for some staying home is not as safe as it is for others. Sadly, there are examples in our communities, which we should all be alert to notice. It is important that anyone who is being abused at home knows they can still call the police and that there is help out there from local and national support services who continue to provide advice and assistance to those in need.
Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane re-iterates that it is absolutely vital to follow Government advice to help keep everyone safe in these unprecedented times.
We are currently facing unprecedented and dynamically changing times. The Government announced last week that the Police and Crime Commissioner and local elections that were due to take place this May will now move to May 2021.
Chloe Jay is a Criminal Defence Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate based in Winchester. In this interview Chloe tells us how she chose to work in the criminal justice system to give vulnerable people a voice, how she juggles the role with being a working mum and how she feels that the strength of the justice system is the dedicated and professional people working in it.
On February 14, 11 Youth Commission members had an amazing opportunity to go and visit the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) office in Eastleigh. Casey Taylor, Youth Commission mentor and former member visited CPS Wessex with the Youth Commission members, and has written this blog about their visit. The visit started with a talk from the Chief Crown Prosecutor Jo Jakymec. Jo told us a bit about herself and what her role entails and why she chose to work within the CPS.
Keeping people safer is what we all do together, each playing our individual parts. And, as we approach the end of 2019 and the decade, I am clear that this objective has included ‘hard miles’ of effort and needed us all to dig deep into our personal resilience to deliver the best we can and bring our best efforts to the task of serving and protecting our communities.
In support of the ‘First 100 Years’ project, CPS Wessex Chief Prosecutor Jo Jakymec outlines her journey to her current role, the support and challenges she has had along the way, and shares advice for women working in the Criminal Justice System.
PCC Michael Lane responds to the Police Federation’s pay and morale survey: It would be unsafe to make any commitments before the settlement figures, but I can guarantee that this report and the local representations will be part of the consideration of the budget.
To properly deal with Hate Crime it is vital that all incidents taking place are reported. Many go under reported, which is a problem considering the effect Hate Crime has on individuals, their families and a community.
I was excited to visit Portsmouth’s new custody suite. I have heard that this new Police Investigation Centre (or PIC) is a flagship building. I’d been to Portsmouth’s old suite a few years back so I was keen to see what had changed. More than that, I love that it’s called EPIC. My seven-year-old calls all good things ‘epic’, it felt like a good omen and I was pleased to be welcomed along for a shift. I was not disappointed.
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships work in partnership with the police and the local authority to reduce the negative impact of crime and disorder on businesses. They are a civil body in their own right governed by a body elected from its own member businesses. They share information and use jointly agreed enforcement rights to restrict access to premises and enforce self-established civil banning orders.
Today sees the start of ‘Operation Limelight’, a national operation at airports across the country to protect those that are vulnerable and at risk of Forced Marriage or Female Genital Mutilation.
Keeping our rural communities safer remains high on my agenda. Recently I awarded funding to Hampshire Constabulary Country Watch for crime prevention initiatives, which have been recognised as best practice in rural crime prevention.
It is my belief that initiatives, such as the projects below, are crucial to tackling hate crime early on and promoting inclusive communities where everyone feels safe, regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, or disabilities.