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Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend introduces the newsletter

Tim De Meyer confirmed as new Chief Constable of Surrey Police

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend with incoming Chief Constable of Surrey Police Tim De Meyer

Tim De Meyer has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Surrey Police this week after his vision for forging an exciting future for policing in Surrey shone through at a confirmation meeting held by the Police and Crime Panel earlier this week.

Announced as the preferred candidate for Chief Constable after a thorough selection process led by the Commissioner in January, Tim brings a wealth of expertise from his current role as
Assistant Chief Constable with Thames Valley Police.

If his appointment is confirmed, he will replace outgoing Chief Constable Gavin Stephens QPM who is set to depart the Force in April.

Lisa said: “Selecting a Chief Constable for this great county is one of my most important responsibilities as your Police and Crime Commissioner.

"I am absolutely delighted the Panel have confirmed my appointment of Tim and I would like to whole-heartedly congratulate him on securing the role of Chief Constable for this county.

"I was really impressed with the passion and commitment he showed both this week and during the selection process, which I am confident will make him an inspirational and exceptional leader for the Force."

Coming up...
03 February - Meeting of Surrey's Police and Crime Panel. This meeting will include Commissioner Lisa Townsend's proposed council tax increase for 2023/24.

09 February - Commissioner Lisa Townsend attending the Surrey Neighbourhood Watch Association AGM in Epsom

10 February - Spaces still available in the Commissioner's resident's surgeries from 5-7pm

21 February - Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson speaking to Active Surrey about using physical activity to reduce crime

28 February - Commissioner Lisa Townsend speaking at the Women's Aid Public Policy Conference in Westminster

On the website...

In January, we launched a brand new Data Hub where you can see the latest information on Surrey Police performance measures including response times, outcome rates and progress against the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan for Surrey. 

Deputy Commissioner launches new Surrey Youth Commission 
Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson launched the first-ever meeting of the Surrey Youth Commission with Leaders Unlocked in January.

Young people aged between 14 and 21 met in Guildford to discuss the future of crime prevention in the county.

Over the coming months, they’ll draw up a list of priorities for Surrey Police before presenting a series of recommendations to both the Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner during the summer.

During the inaugural meet-up, members talked about the issues that affect their lives, including mental health, drink and drug awareness, road safety and knife crime.

Ellie, who is the youngest Deputy Commissioner in the country, said: “I’m so proud to be involved in this brilliant project, which is dedicated to helping young and underrepresented people get involved in issues that have a direct impact on them.”
'Fatal Five' team dedicated to tackling offences on Surrey roads

The Commissioner met with a brand new team dedicated to reducing serious and fatal crashes on the county’s roads.

The new Vanguard Road Safety Team has been fully operational since October, with two sergeants and 10 PCs  targeting motorists who commit the ‘Fatal 5’ offences – inappropriate speed, not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, distracted driving, including looking at a mobile phone, and careless driving. 

Lisa said: "Our motorways are some of the busiest in the country, and that’s why I’ve made road safety a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan.

“Distracted and dangerous driving ruins lives.

"While most people are safe motorists, there are some who selfishly risk both their own lives and the lives of others. The Vanguard team will be proactively tackling these drivers."

In the news...
Frontpage of the Surrey Live website
Front page of the BBC News website
Front page of Woking news with story about the Commissioner's council tax survey
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