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PCC launches four-year vision

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley has today (30/6) launched his Police & Criminal Justice Plan, setting out his key priorities for policing across the region.

The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, has launched his Police & Criminal Justice Plan which sets out his vision for policing in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. As well as outlining how he will hold the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police to account, the Plan also sets out the strategic priorities and focus for the Force over the next four years.

Matthew said: “Today is a pivotal day in terms of setting out how I’m going to support and enhance policing across the Thames Valley over the coming years. My Police & Criminal Justice Plan explains the five key priorities that I intend to focus on which are strong local policing, fighting serious organised crime, fighting cybercrime and fraud, improving the criminal justice system, and tackling illegal encampments.

“I have not met a single police officer who does not understand the need for the police to be scrutinised and held to high standards. In return, they expect strong leadership, both from their senior officers and the PCC, as well as a clear vision. Officers put themselves in harm’s way every day, in order to keep the public safe and uphold the law. They deserve the respect of politicians and the public for their work.

“My vision for policing, encompassed in this plan, is for a clear focus on the priorities that matter the most to the public.

“The Plan has victims at its heart. Bringing criminals to justice is vital, but preventing people from becoming victims of crime in the first place is even more important, both through proactive crime prevention and through reducing reoffending.”

“I am excited about delivering this plan, working with stakeholders from across our region, and look forward to getting out and meeting members of the public to discuss my priorities for the next four years.” 

To view a copy of the Police & Criminal Justice Plan (2021-2025), please visit the dedicated webpage here.