Year Anniversary For PCC's

15 November 2013, 08:39

Simon Hayes has been telling Capital about what he has achieved after he was elected in November 2012.

Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been telling Capital about what he has achieved so far - a year to the day since he was elected.

Simon Hayes says his biggest successes are a domestic abuse conference and plans to sell police buildings to save money. He's also revealed he's backing a late-night levy on clubs and bars in Southampton.

He says it would cover the costs of cleaning up after drunk people and would also help to free up police to patrol other areas of the city on Friday and Saturday nights.

'Policing the night-time economy places a huge demand upon police resources and its decreasing budget; it also reduces the number of officers available to police other areas of the city (Southampton). Although the constabulary works very closely with the licensing trade and partners to minimise drink-related crime, there is significant add-on costs to help deliver this. (taxi marshals, street pastors, ice bus etc).

Imposing a licensing levy places a responsibility upon licensees to help cover some of those costs by continuing their support to the police and local authority in helping reduce crimes of anti-social behaviour and violence, which is so often associated with excess alcohol consumption.'

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