Wiltshire and Swindon’s new PCC Angus MacPherson made an unexpected visit in early April to meet local beat officers, councillors and community workers.
He said that since being elected in November, apart from writing a police plan and developing a wide range of policies for policing the county, he has been meeting citizens in as many community settings as possible.
“I’ve been realising the breadth and depth of this new role,” said Mr MacPherson. “So many organisations and activities are inter-connected, from anti-social behaviour to housing, everything that affects people impacts their view of crime and order in society.
“I’m keen to talk about initiatives that engage people in policing their own communities, whether it be working closely with neighbourhood police teams and providing them with information, or becoming involved in Streetwatch, where volunteers report graffiti to be dealt with, or loose bricks in a wall which could be thrown through a window. They don’t have a confrontational role and are not vigilantes; they become the eyes and ears for a community.
“Across Wiltshire I’ve discovered people want to take responsibility for their communities but it’s important to find ways to capture this pride and facilitate this.”
Find out more about the PCC at: www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk
Pictured: Angus MacPherson with from left, Coun Steve Wakefield, PC Tom Turner, localities facilitator Gail Light, Sgt Pete Foster, Coun Nick Martin.