New PCC attends first police and crime panel meeting

New PCC attends first police and crime panel meeting

Sonia Kapur

New PCC attends first police and crime panel meeting
Anthony Stansfeld

The newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley attended his first meeting with police members last night.

Anthony Stansfeld was elected for the area last month and attended the police and crime panel in Aylesbury last night.

The panel is made up of one councillor from each authority in the Thames Valley police area along with two co-opted members.

It will scrutinise the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner, support his work and challenge decisions on behalf of residents.

Yesterday’s meeting was the first opportunity the panel had since the election to question the Mr Stansfeld on his policies and objectives.

Trevor Egleton, Chairman of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel, said: “The first meeting went very well.

"I’d like to thank the commissioner for attending and for answering our questions clearly and to the best of his knowledge, bearing in mind that he has only been in post for two weeks.

“We share a commitment to local policing and partnership and I am determined that the panel will support his work. Thames Valley police area covers a population of more than two million people, so it is vital that all agencies work together for the benefit of the diverse communities we serve.

“On behalf of the panel I congratulate the commissioner on his new role and assure him of our support as a critical friend throughout his term of office.”

The next public meeting will be hosted by Oxfordshire County Council on February 1.

 We spoke to Mr Stansfeld last month about his policies. See the full interview.

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