Outgoing police and crime commissioner ‘delivered on every promise made in initial election campaign’

Outgoing Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said he fulfilled every promise he made in his initial election campaign during his five-year tenure.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:46 pm
Outgoing Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter.

In his final statement as the police commissioner he also wished his successor Jonathan Evison well and hopes he will continue improving the force.

Mr Hunter said: “My tenure as police and crime commissioner for the Humberside Police area comes to an end today.

“I can look back over my five years in this role and honestly state I carried it out in an apolitical manner, with integrity, and have delivered upon every promise I made in my initial election campaign.

“In fact, we have gone much further.

“The Humberside force was at it’s lowest ebb in 2016 and is now recognised throughout the country as the most improved force and one of the very best. It is a top three finalist in police service of the year this year and when the announcement is made in a few months I hope, with some expectation, that the force will be recognised as the best. That will be part of the legacy I hand over to my successor.

“I fully understand that not everyone receives the service they would like from the force on every occasion.

“I also recognise that the public want even more visible policing, although it has increased substantially during my tenure.

“But I also know our children need to be protected from those who would prey on them and women are not sufficiently protected from abuse and assault, and that people are treated as slaves and trafficked for gain and far too many people die on our roads.

“The list is almost endless. There are so many competing demands that policing can never provide what everyone wants on every occasion.

“Managing those expectations is important, as over-promising and under-delivering will erode confidence which is dangerous for the legitimacy of the whole criminal justice system.

“I have received some very touching messages from colleagues and professionals throughout the country about my contribution, both locally and nationally, and perhaps it is from a distance that the whole picture can be appreciated.

“I want to thank our chief constable for his outstanding leadership and support and pay tribute to the volunteers, special constables, staff and officers of Humberside Police who provide for all our safety every day and who, all-to-often, are not appreciated by a vocal minority.

“They continue to have the confidence and support of the vast majority. I also want to thank all the professionals and volunteers I have worked with during the past five years for your dedication and friendship.

“Finally, I want to say a heartfelt ‘thank-you’ to every member of staff in the OPCC. They bought into my vision and supported me every step of the way to bring us to where we are now.

I hand over to my successor something unrecognisably better than I inherited. I wish him well and hope he continues the journey of improvement.”

New commissioner, Conservative Jonathan Evison, has promised to tackle rural crime and put more officers on the streets.