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PCC encourages 'active citizenship'
ACTIVE citizenship is increasingly vital in keeping communities safe in a time of austerity, according to Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson.
Mr Macpherson told an audience in Trowbridge on Tuesday that he adheres to the principle of Metropolitan Police founder Sir Robert Peel “the public are the police and the police are the public”. “Communities can help themselves to a safe and crime-free environment with the police there as back-up. By working together we will achieve the resilience that is challenged by austerity,” he added.
“Active citizenship is the key rather than state intervention. In this age of austerity, state intervention becomes increasingly less viable and active citizenship increasingly vital.”
Mr Macpherson was addressing the Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly at the Trowbridge Civic Centre. He also said that he aims to intends to improve services for victims of crime by commissioning services locally and that he is keen to harness the expertise of voluntary sector organisations to reduce re-offending, pointing out that 57 per cent of offenders jailed for less than 12 months re-offended within a year of their release.
Mr Macpherson concluded: “Volunteering is now at the front and centre of my agenda and that of the local authorities.
“Wiltshire and Swindon have the immense benefit of retaining strong communities with a tradition of volunteering. “We need to foster that at every turn. As Police and Crime Commissioner I will do everything that I can to that end.”
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