Cyber crime on the agenda again

Cyber crime has been on my agenda for some time now and this week I had a timely briefing from ACC Lewis Benjamin about fraud and cyber crime.

The Home Affairs Select Committee report came out the same day highlighting what a growing area of criminality this represents and expressing concerns about whether we are doing enough to counteract it. This is an area where we need to engage with and get the services of younger people. It will be a theme (again) of our next meeting in public with the chief constable on the 2nd September.

On Monday afternoon I had very constructive meetings with the police federation representatives followed by the Unison representatives.

A major issue on the horizon is Stage 2 transfer-a process that will determine which staff are employed by the Commissioner and which by the Chief Constable. We are in a unique position with our strategic alliance with West Mercia in that we will effectively have one group of staff and two Commissioners and two Chief Constables. We are making representations that Stage 2 would not be appropriate for us.

On Tuesday I chaired the Joint Steering Group which oversees the alliance. It is agreed that a full merger between Warwickshire and West Mercia police cannot happen before the next set of Police and Crime Commissioner elections but a range of leadership options for the forces are being investigated.

Wednesday was a very important day. The morning was spent preparing presentation to the Police and Crime Panel about the selection of a chief executive followed by the meeting in the afternoon. The final announcement is to be made on Monday.

Yesterday I took a conference call with other group leads for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners to deal with a wide variety of topics including funding for the Association of Chief Police Officers, attendance at their conference, victim support services and other matters.

In the afternoon I had a meeting with Dr Ravi Thiara from Warwick University to discuss violence against women and disability hate crime.

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