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Chris Brierley

I am the Deputy PCC for Gloucestershire. Appointed by Martin and started in the role in October 2016. Before that I was a BBC Journalist for 15 years working for 5live, BBC Radio Gloucestershire & BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Point's West and BBC Milbank.

Common sense prevails….

One of the main roles of being a PCC, or a DPCC for that matter, is dealing with the public. Meeting them, talking with them, representing them and listening to them. We hear moans, complaints, concerns and also compliments, whether it be about the Police or the work of the Commissioner and his team( the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner).

The OPCC receives hundreds of letters and email correspondence each year. Some are easily dealt with but others require more thought, research or need Martin or I to set out our position on an issue.

Not in my town….

Listening to @HeartGlosNews this morning I heard the story about homelessness in Gloucestershire.

The number quoted in the news bulletin attributed to a report by the organisation Shelter was that 521 people are said to be currently living on the streets or sofa surfing in the city of Gloucester.

This is 2018 in our county and the sad reality for some.

We must block crime’s revolving door

There is a reason Martin is not just the Police Commissioner but the Police and Crime Commissioner. As well as overseeing the Constabulary, setting the budget and general strategy, which we call the police and crime plan, his role encompasses everything to do with crime and the criminal justice system.

Forest boxing club that’s also fighting anti-social behaviour

The cool kids in Cinderford thought it a joke when Forest Fighting Fit first opened over two years ago. But within
minutes of stepping inside to grudgingly take a look in the way teenagers sometimes do, they were hooked.

I could see why when I visited last month on a dark Monday evening to present a plaque to thank everyone involved in what they are doing. In 2015, Martin as PCC helped get it off the ground with a grant of £40,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund.