Humberside Police Authority hands over to new Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove
The Humberside Police Authority today handed over the reigns to new Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove who won last week's election.
Authority chairman Ros Taylor MBE met him "to officially hand over business."
A joint statement was issued at 11am today about the transition.
The Police Authority will be abolished at midnight tonight, with the new Police and Crime Commissioner officially taking over tomorrow.
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Mrs Taylor said: “On behalf of the Members and Officers of Humberside Police Authority I congratulate Matthew on his election and wish him well in this vital role.
"He is tasked with delivering the same objectives that we have striven to deliver over the last 16 years, with the added stimulus and authority of being directly elected by the many diverse communities throughout the Humber region.
"Further, he has an exciting opportunity to radically improve community safety through partnership-working and commissioning services.
It will be a daunting task but we know that there is great satisfaction to be derived when one’s endeavours, in response to community needs, to reduce crime, support victims and increase perceptions of safer neighbourhoods are successful. It is even more satisfying to do so whilst balancing budgets, investing in infrastructure, and ensuring staffing levels are appropriate. We all wish him well and trust he will enjoy his task as much as we have.”
Mr Grove said: “I would like to thank Ros Taylor and all the members of the Police Authority for leaving me with a healthy police service that is already improving and set for the challenges ahead.
"I accept that this is a difficult job, with many challenges but will be made much easier in the knowledge that I have a fantastic Police Authority Secretariat transferring over to my office.
I believe policing should remain within the public sector, the voluntary sector should be encouraged to become involved to support and bolster rather than replace, and small scale and specialist private sector involvement should continue. Above all policing should be freed from unnecessary bureaucracy and police officers allowed to do what they do best, fight and deter crime.”