Police chief aims to give power to Isle communities

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove.
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove.

HUMBERSIDE’S new crime tsar has outlined his plans for making the Isle’s rural communities have more of a say about how police work for them.

Police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove said he wanted to work towards allowing parish and town councils to have a say in how a proportion of the policing budget is spent in their communities if they so wish.

And he told the Epworth Bells, he would be focusing on recruiting more special police officers who would work within the communities where they live.

“I’m not going to make the mistakes which have been made in the past,” he said.

“I’m going to take that priority setting and hand it down to the lowest, sensible level.

“I’m not going to say I am going to be able to do it overnight.

“I want to work with communities to engage them.”

Mr Grove said he wanted to make sure the policing provided by the Humberside force tallied with what communities wanted.

“We are seeing how local policing priorities are more carefully aligned with what local people want,” he said.

“It’s not simply a case that one size fits all – I want to work with communities to engage them. That’s my vision.”

Mr Grove said it was time for rural areas, such as the Isle of Axholme, to receive a service which was more suited to its needs.

“Where policing has gone wrong it is where it has broken its links with the communities we are serving,” he said.

“Rural areas have lost out when it comes to police cover – they have been paying for a police service and not getting a lot back.”

The commissioner said Humberside Police would ‘substantially’ increase the number of special officers who will operate within rural patches.

“We want another kind of special – traditionally they have been young people but I want to see us recruit specials who are happy to police their own communities,” he said.

Humberside’s first police and crime commissioner, will be paid a salary of £75,000 a year.

He said he would also be visiting the Isle in the coming weeks as part of his initiative to hold public surgeries at different locations within the force area.