David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, has released his latest annual report.
The document looks back on the work carried out by the commissioner’s office from April 2017 to March 2018.
Mr Keane is releasing the report to the public following its endorsement by Cheshire’s Police and Crime Panel, the body which has the responsibility of scrutinising his work.
David said: “I am delighted to unveil my annual report for 2017/18, which provides me with an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and highlight some of the key achievements and challenges we’ve faced.
“This past year has been one of change where I’ve been able to make significant amendments to the way Cheshire Constabulary and my team operate to ensure we are serving the public to the best of our ability in a climate where we’re seeing our resources increasingly under pressure.”
The report details how the commissioner has been scrutinising the work of the former chief constable Simon Byrne, and the plans in place to balance the force’s budget.
“Significant work has been done to deliver £5.4 million of savings over the last 12 months alone but as a result of the savings made totaling £60 million since 2010, our thin blue line is getting thinner,” said Mr Keane.
He added: “I will continue to press government on your behalf for fair and sustainable funding to ensure we can continue to keep Cheshire residents safe.”
The 24-page report also contains information on how the commissioner is delivering against the four key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan.
One of the commissioner’s major achievements over the past year has been to provide a PCSO and police community base for every community in Cheshire.
“I’m incredibly proud of the progress I’ve been able to make over the past 12 months on the priorities I set within my Police and Crime Plan, particularly in increasing the visibility of police in our communities.
“My focus for 2018/19, my third in office, will remain around creating even safer communities through a strong focus on neighbourhood policing,” David concluded.
The full report is available to read on the PCC’s website.
Hard copies are available on request from the PCC’s office at Stockton Heath Police Station.