My Blog

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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25 September 2019: Chris Caesar discusses ‘Do crime reduction partnerships for businesses really work?’

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.

25 September 2019

15 July 2019: Mel Golding on Op Limelight, Forced Marriage and FGM

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.

15 July 2019

10 July 2019: Responding to Home Office Front Line Review

The Commissioner responds to the Home Office Frontline Review which prioritises wellbeing and mental health of officers

10 July 2019

27 June 2019: Rural Communities

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.

27 June 2019

21 June 2019: Tackling Hate Crime

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.

21 June 2019

17 June 2019: Use of Community Resolution by Hampshire Constabulary

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane responded to Hampshire Constabulary’s use of Community Resolution:

17 June 2019

6 June 2019: Volunteers Week

During Volunteers Week, Sarah Arnold, who has been a member and volunteer with the Youth Commission since December 2017, gives an insight into what it means to volunteer as a Youth Commission member. 

06 June 2019

24 May 2019: News from the Office of the PCC

The Police and Crime Commissioner was delighted to hold his annual Safer Together event on 18 May; this year it took place at Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth. The event brought together 14 local partners, who deliver commissioned projects that support the vulnerable, work with those at risk of offending and help victims of crime.

24 May 2019

14 May 2019: Working closely with the National Crime Agency against serious and organised crime

As Police and Crime Commissioner, I and Hampshire Constabulary continue to work closely with the National Crime Agency to tackle and prevent serious and organised crime and to support victims of it. And I continue to fight for the right funding to deliver the modern policing response that this complex and rapidly evolving type of crime requires.

14 May 2019

29 April 2019: Natasha Fletcher on our research partnership with local universities

Policing, the Criminal Justice System, support and intervention services all have to move and adapt with the changing nature of crime. But how do we know we are making the right decisions when it comes to shaping and investing in services or influencing policies?

29 April 2019

10 April 2019: Stalking – Pioneering a victim-centred approach

This week is National Stalking Awareness Week – an important week that helps shine a light on the blight that stalking and harassment brings to too many lives. This is vulnerability and risk that I and other PCCs have worked to mitigate, putting in place measures that protect and support victims.

10 April 2019

2 April 2019: RJ co-ordinator Lisa Allam on challenging assumptions

Since the Police and Crime Commissioner first commissioned a Restorative Justice (RJ) service across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in 2016, the number of people contacting or being referred to the service has been rising steadily. But should it really be used for any crime type, including domestic and sexual abuse cases?

02 April 2019

26 March 2019: Looking 50 years into the future of Portsmouth

Earlier this month, on 5 March, Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane and young people from the PCC’s Youth Commission and the Constabulary’s police cadet scheme buried a time capsule at the new Eastern Police Investigation Centre (PIC) in Portsmouth. Youth Commission members Faith, Casey and Marcia have written about what they put into the time capsule and why.

26 March 2019

16 March 2019: Keeping us SAFER through inclusive communities

With the current national debate on the rise of knife crime, and with the press full of stories of violence, I understand that people may be concerned about safety here in their local area.

16 March 2019

8 March 2019: Investing in and delivering for policing

Keeping the Public Informed: Every household in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton will this month receive a leaflet with their council tax bill for 2019/20 that explains how the policing budget is spent.

08 March 2019

6 February 2019: Insp Mel Golding talks about the Constabulary’s work on FGM

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM introduced by the United Nations 16 years ago. The policing response has developed considerably in Hampshire, developing partnership working through awareness training to equip those frontline services dealing with families to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

06 February 2019

14 December 2018: Statement on the Police Funding Settlement

Having heard the Policing Minister’s announcement in the House of Commons, I wanted immediately to welcome the Police Funding Settlement for next year – 2019/20 – announced by the Government in parliament.

14 December 2018

5 December 2018: Looking ahead to the Government’s financial settlement for policing

This is an important week for keeping us all SAFER, since we have been promised by Government to receive details of the financial settlement and options for setting the policing element of the council tax.

03 December 2018

30 November 2018: Chloe Jay shares her experience of working in criminal defence

I recently had someone say to me that they thought of criminal defence work like ‘drain cleaning’ – a horrible job but someone has to do it!  I like to think that I managed to persuade him that actually it was an extremely fulfilling job but he was right about one thing; someone does have […]

30 November 2018

26 November 2018: Head of CPS Wessex discusses the Criminal Justice Process

My name is Joanne Jakymec, and I am the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex, which covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire.  

26 November 2018

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