PCC sets out new plan to protect communities during COVID-19 and into the future

27 May 2020

In these extraordinary times Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner sets out his new plan to enable swift and immediate action to keep communities safer now and into the future.

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner has published his new Plan for Our Safer Futures which outlines why it is essential to update how we protect and work with local communities and partners across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in the current pandemic and up until May 2022.

The plan gives strategic direction for the coming year and beyond and sets out priorities that focus on championing community needs, strengthen partnerships, enable an effective and efficient police force and build criminal justice system partnerships.

Michael Lane comments on his new plan, “Our communities remain a platform for creating stable, inclusive, vibrant societies that sustain individual potential and opportunities for individual ambition. But today there is an urgent need for us all to be stronger together in our communities and in our partnerships if we are to keep safe in these changed circumstance.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner my first actions in this time of COVID-19 were to do all I could to sustain services I commission on your behalf that support people when they need that support. This has included significantly altered delivery and contact methods to recognise the restrictions of COVID-19.

“But close behind this has been work to enable recovery and our longer term safer future. It is in this context that I developed my Plan for Our Safer Futures which sets direction for the coming year and our longer term future.

“This plan has been developed at pace but in consultation with some of our key stakeholders including policing, community safety partners and commissioned services – and with the voice of the public I serve at its heart.

“It aims to empower action towards that future, a future that has learned lessons from this pandemic, but also has a vision of hope and recovery. Producing it now, when we are still learning much, means it must be a flexible and tuneable plan that sets a baseline but adjusts with what we learn on this continuing journey.

“We are headed to somewhere new and we won’t be going back to where we were before. What we do and how we do it may have to change – there will be significant challenges certainly, but there will also be opportunities to take. I wish to be ready to play my part with you in this effort.”

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