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Commissioner responds on ‘target setting’

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, has responded to news stories focusing on the setting of performance targets by commissioners.

Sir Graham said: “The legislation requires police and crime commissioners to set the police budget and produce a Police and Crime Plan, setting out clear objectives by which to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public. This is what I have done.

“I have never been one for targets, as the overall goal is to reduce crime. But my Police and Crime Plan sets out a series of priorities that have been flagged up to me by the public. My pledges are based on feedback from the public about what they would like to see from the police.

“When I took up the role I said I wanted to be the voice of the public and not the police and that is exactly what my Police and Crime Plan is all about – listening to the public and translating that into a plan for the Chief Constable to follow.”

Sir Graham’s Police and Crime Plan can be viewed here