"The latest crime statistics show a slight increase of 72 or 0.1% in recorded crimes compared to the previous year. This reflects reducing crime figures in some areas such as burglary but concerning increases in recorded violence. Whilst this will in part be due to an increased focus on bringing those who break the law to justice, work to improve public confidence to report crime and an enhanced rigour around recording crimes such as public order, any increase in crime and therefore victims, is a concern.
"My role as Commissioner is to hold the Chief Constable to account on your behalf in the most transparent and open manner possible. I have already had discussions with the Chief Constable to better understand the increase and any changes in crime trends in the county, and I will be undertaking detailed scrutiny of the performance and the Constabulary response at the upcoming Scrutiny Board to be held at Constabulary HQ on 26th October 2016. My focus remains to ensure that the Chief Constable is delivering the best possible police service for our communities."