Adam Simmonds wants county to be the ‘safest place in England’

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The police and crime commissioner for the county is expected to re-iterate his aim to make Northamptonshire the safest place in England, in a speech today.

Adam Simmonds will deliver a speech at Reform’s Criminal Justice Conference in London later on today, where he will highlight his vision for policing in the future.

He is expected to say: ”If I am to achieve my ambition of making Northamptonshire the Safest Place in England this requires a wholly new partnering approach.

“We simply cannot arrest our way to better performance, we need to get upstream and prevent crime.

“A step change in performance will only be achieved by working better together, involving the public and drawing on the resources of all our partners.

“We need to move beyond partnerships that are imposed on us or fulfil our statutory requirements.”

Mr Simmonds will say that the public needs to be considered a ‘partner at the table’ when discussing how to tackle crime.

He will say: “To achieve significant reductions in crime and genuinely increase the safety of our citizens, we need the support, knowledge, insight, skills and passion of our communities.

“They know their local issues better than anyone. It is our duty to support the communities to deliver sustainable solutions to known problems.

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He will also talk about his plans for the blue light services in the county to integrate and work closer together.

Mr Simmonds will also talk about the constraint of budgets and tackling drug-related crime.

The speech will be delivered at the Reform’s Criminal Justice Conference on “Safeguarding the future: Policing and technology for the 21st century”.