Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 18°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Passmore takes up police commissioner role

09:19 22 November 2012

Tim Passmore

Tim Passmore

Archant

SUFFOLK’S first police and crime commissioner has formally taken his declaration of office before formally taking on the role at midnight.

Conservative candidate Tim Passmore was elected to the role last Thursday, despite receiving fewer votes than his Labour challenger Jane Basham in the first round of counting.

He won through after second preference votes were added in – and took the declaration of office for the role just hours before formally becoming commissioner at midnight.

The short ceremony at Suffolk police headquarters saw Mr Passmore read out the declaration of office and he then outlined his principles before he was formally welcomed to the new role by chief constable Simon Ash.

Mr Passmore insisted that he would police in the interests of everyone who had voted in Suffolk, not only those who had supported him.

He said: “We have had a very smooth transition to the new organisation, and I am here to work with everyone in the county.

“Suffolk needs to continue to be a wonderful place to live, work and invest in – and I shall be working to try to maintain that.”

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Passmore said he hope that as he got down to work, his role would become clearer – he has to produce a first draft of the crime reduction strategy by the end of January.

“Hopefully by the time the next elections come around, people will have a clearer understanding of the role and more will feel they should vote.”

Mr Ash welcomed Mr Passmore to the role and said he was looking forward to working with him over the next few years.

He said; “There are considerable challenges ahead, like cutting £7 million from the budget this year coming on top of the £5 million last year.”

But the force had been becoming more efficient and was working closer with Norfolk – resulting in a fall in the level of crime which he hoped would continue over the next few years.

Related articles

3 comments

  • If he's going to police in the interests of everybody who voted, he isn't going to be policing in the interests of many of us, is he?

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • How about a contact or e-mail address for him so the public can pass on their concerns for him to address?

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I wait with interest to see if this will be like every other political appointment - obsessed with sound bites, newspaper column inches, profile and image, whilst taking the credit for everything and the blame for nothing.

    Report this comment

    skrich

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Essex Police are attempting to find the owners of photos on storage cards seized by officers at Stansted Airport.

As part of an investigation into theft at Stansted Airport, Essex Police are attempting to trace the owners of images found on digital storage cards.

Marcus Evans

Brazilian police investigating allegations of Olympic ticket-touting have released emails between a senior Irish official and Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans.

Traffic on the A14 is being diverted using the entrance and exit slip roads. Image: Keith Mindham

The A14 at Bury St Edmunds has reopened after a woman who was spotted on the wrong side of the bridge at junction 44 was talked down by officers.

Andrew Bloomfield took this photo of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fighting the fire in the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford.

A fire at the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, has been extinguished.

Tower Ramparts, Ipswich, as staff poured from William Prettys works in the mid 1890s

The site of one of Ipswich’s major employers until the 1980s - Willaim Pretty’s - is now a car park, writes David Kindred.

The RNLI at Aldeburgh investigate an empty boat that turned up on Wednesday 24th August.

A yacht named after a lucky star had the good fortune of being rescued off the Suffolk coast today having drifted unmanned past Britain’s biggest container port.

Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles.

The average speed of trains between London and Ipswich will be cut to just over an hour in three years’ time – but the Ipswich in 60 ambition will depend on Network Rail carrying out improvement work.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24