Year Anniversary For PCC's

Police and Crime Commissioners across the south have been telling Heart about their achievments after they were elected in November 2012.

The south coast's Police and Crime Commissioners have been telling Heart what they've achieved so far - a year to the day since they were elected.

Dorset's Martyn Underhill says he feels he's helped put victims of crime first - including starting a victims forum. He's also announced a new multi-agency Victims Bureau is being being created.

Hampshire PCC 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.

PCC Simon Hayes 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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