Chief Constable Andy Marsh has met with MPs representing communities across Hampshire. Topics discussed at the session, hosted in Parliament by Steve Brine MP, included:
• Appointing a senior officer to every district and borough in the counties
• Retaining strong neighbourhood policing in the counties of Hampshire and Isle of Wight
• Positive progress on sharing back office services with Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue
• How new funding from the Government’s innovation fund and Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes is enabling Hampshire Constabulary to become the first in the world to issue body-worn video technology to all uniformed officers
MPs welcomed progress tackling rural crime and the 90 year sentence for three men in connection with the murder of Jahmel Jones in Southampton. The importance of crime figures being recorded accurately and ethically was agreed.
At the session Mr Marsh warned that further cuts, beyond the £80m to be delivered by 2017, would inevitably lead to a reduction in the quality of service offered to the public.
Afterwards, Mr Marsh commented: "It is encouraging that we have a group of MPs who are so interested in public safety and support plans to cut reoffending, protect vulnerable people and create a hostile environment for criminals.
"These sessions give me another perspective on what the public wants from its police force and are an opportunity to demonstrate that Hampshire Constabulary is in good health, offering value for money and the highest recorded public satisfaction."
MPs attending included:
Steve Brine, Winchester & Chandler’s Ford
John Denham, Southampton Itchen
Caroline Dinenage, Gosport
Damian Hinds, East Hampshire
George Hollingbery, Meon Valley (Private Secretary to Home Secretary Theresa May)
Dr Julian Lewis, New Forest East
Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North
Desmond Swayne, New Forest West
Sir George Young, North West Hampshire