No Hill Street blues here!

There certainly weren’t any Hill Street blues at one of the highlights of the week with a visit to the Hill Street Youth Centre in Rugby.

ron rapping at Hill StreetI was extremely impressed by the outstanding work being done at the centre with youngsters who have been excluded from school.

I thoroughly enjoyed taking a look at the music projects they are working on, and might even have had a go at rapping myself, although thankfully I don’t think there are any records of this anywhere.

One of the things that stood out for me was how highly the youngsters themselves praised the centre and those working with them there. Many thanks to Keith Newell for organising this visit.

From there I called in at Rugby police station to meet some of the officers and hear about some of the work underway there,  including some of the handling of the Nuneaton – Lincoln football offenders.

I was then in Nuneaton that evening to address a meeting of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

ron making musicThe week itself started off with a busy Monday, first visiting Victim Support in the Alpha Tower in Birmingham together with representatives from West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire.

From here I went to Solhull for a regional briefing on counter terrorism. This is clearly an invaluable area of work in stopping serious harm, but it is also extremely expensive work in terms of resources and manpower.

I then chaired the regional meeting of Commissioners and Chief Constables (from the four areas mentioned above). Here we signed the RIPA agreement allowing cross border operations between forces.

From there I spent a productive evening with Bidford-on-Avon parish council.

It turned out during the week that I was also to be a warm-up act for David Cameron, as I went to the AGM of Nuneaton and Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch as a guest speaker, and then heard that David Cameron was there the next day.

It was a busy week for meetings including sitting down with the Police Chaplain Angela Sharif, followed immediately by a detailed update from Simon Newman from the Home Office and Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse about developments concerning the Police National Air Service – of which I am a director.

I was delighted to at last meet Professor Bryan Stoten, the current chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. With health, and particularly mental health, figuring so prominently in crime and anti-social behaviour, this is an area we need to understand and work with. There is a huge amount of change in health provision at the moment and working out who we need to liaise with is very difficult.

My week rounded off nicely in joining the celebrations for Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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