Humberside PCC Matthew Grove holds his first press conference as he takes office
New Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove held his first press conference alongside Chief Constable Tim Hollis in Grimsby this morning.
Mr Grove addressed members of the media and local partner organisations as part of his first day in office.
He said he was delighted and honoured to have been given the role, but he wanted to hit the ground running.
"Policing and keeping people safe is about being on the streets and not sat at a desk in a district town or city," he said.
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"I am absolutely delighted, honoured and genuinely relieved to have been elected.
"I am so pleased to have actually won because I really want the challenges that we face.
"I want to represent the people of Northern Lincolnshire and East Riding, keep them safe, reduce crime and the number of victims."
Mr Grove explained his work actually began at 9am on Saturday morning.
"There was no time to sit still and I want to hit the ground running.
"There are huge challenges ahead but I am very fortunate to have inherited an organisation in a fantastic position.
"However, I can't sit here and say that everything is rosy in the garden. I am here to reward and recognise results but also here to be a critical friend and push for better and push for more."
Chief Constable Tim Hollis described it as an 'historic day for British policing and policing in Humberside.'
Describing the period leading up to the election as 'uncertain' Mr Hollis said: "As from today we can start looking to the future in a more positive fashion," he said.
Mr Grove then joined the East Marsh Neighbourhood Policing Team on a walk around the area, speaking to local residents.
For a full interview with Matthew Grove see today's Scunthorpe Telegraph.