It has been an enormous privilege serving as Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, making the county a safer place for all our communities.
Crime is falling faster in Nottinghamshire than anywhere else in the country. Across our county, communities are benefitting from hundreds of extra police officers and there are more to come.
In just two years, we recruited an additional 260 police officers – just as local people wanted. My budget this year will fund 100 more officers. By March 2024, almost 500 additional officers would have joined the ranks.
Every neighbourhood now has a new proactive policing team, dedicated to tackling the issues that matter to local people and helping deliver a steep reduction in overall crime.
There were 21% fewer offences last year. Violent offences have fallen by 38%, burglary is down 34% and knife crime is down by 11% – bucking national and regional trends. There were 20,000 fewer victims of crime last year alone.
But there is more to do.
I’m asking for a mandate to continue working for the people of Nottinghamshire to keep our communities safe.
I’ve lived in Nottinghamshire for 50 years. I know its people and, importantly, the issues and concerns when it comes to crime and community safety.
As PCC I will ensure your voice helps to shape the way Nottinghamshire is policed.
This statement was prepared by David Ellis, Election Agent, 63 Walsingham Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham NG5 4NQ
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