This report rounds-up the highlights of the year for the Police & Crime Commissioner and Cheshire Constabulary.
Community bases rolled out to put PCSOs at heart of every ward in Cheshire
The first of 122 bases for PCSOs ' housed in existing buildings such as village halls, libraries and neighbourhood hubs ' was launched in April, with a commitment for PCSOs to spend more time in the communities they serve, and be able to hold regular surgeries or have confidential discussions with victims, witnesses and other members of the public. (ED – our community centre was the first to offer a base to the police in Cheshire!)
Constabulary graded as 'outstanding' in relation to how it records crime
The Constabulary's crime recording practices were graded as 'outstanding' following a re-inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). HMICFRS reported that the Constabulary is now correctly recording 96 per cent of crimes.
New strategy unveiled to combat rural and wildlife crime in Cheshire
The Constabulary published its rural and wildlife policing strategy which outlines how we will tackle these crimes from now until 2021. The launch coincided with the National Rural Crime Day of Action, where police forces up and down the country showed their commitment to tackling rural issues.
Campaign launched urging victims of domestic abuse to 'Open the Door' and seek help
A county-wide initiative spearheaded by Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane and involving the four local authorities was launched in September, seeking the support of friends, family and neighbours to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and remove the stigma of it being a hidden issue.
Bodyworn video to be worn by all officers following forcewide rollout
The cameras are now being worn by officers and PCSOs across the county, and are helping to promote public reassurance, prevent harm and deter people from committing crime and anti-social behaviour.
Pioneering Anti-Stalking Unit introduced to protect victims of stalking and manage perpetrators
The unit is the first of its kind in the North West and comprises an experienced and dedicated team of police officers and mental health professionals and outreach workers along with victim advocates who provide practical support, safety planning and advice for stalking victims.
ACE Awards determines who is top of the cops
The Constabulary's finest were recognised at an awards ceremony in September, with honours bestowed on those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their communities.
The Constabulary starred in a moving four-part documentary series in the autumn that followed the actions of the police during missing-from-home investigations.
The BBC series received huge critical acclaim and drew much praise from viewers for the work of the police. It can still be downloaded on the BBC iPlayer for those who missed it.