Commissioner’s question time a success in Rugby

Warwickshire Police Crime Commissioner Ron Ball answered questions from residents at a meeting on June 25
Warwickshire Police Crime Commissioner Ron Ball answered questions from residents at a meeting on June 25

More than 200 people participated in a meeting with Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) Ron Ball.

The meeting, held at Lawrence Sheriff School on June 25, attracted 23 people while 162 watched live online. A further 22 watched the recorded meeting later on the PCC website.

The event gave people the opportunity to ask questions about policing and see Mr Ball hold Warwickshire’s Chief Constable, Andy Parker, to account.

He is the only one of 41 PCCs in England and Wales to do this in public.

The meeting opened with a 45-minute question time with answers provided by a seven-person panel featuring Ron and his deputy Eric Wood, Andy Parker and his deputy Neil Brunton, two policemen and a finance specialist.

Questions from the floor covered a range of topics including alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour, rural policing, cyclists riding on pavements, corporate credit/debit cards, and police plans for the new houses being built in Rugby.

The formal part of the meeting covered police performance, the alliance between the Warwickshire and West Mercia forces, a finance report, and a special agenda item on domestic abuse.

Mr Ball announced crime figures were lower, stating there were 77 crimes a day on average in Warwickshire during the last financial year (to April 2014) compared to 124 a day in 2006. The average this year, since April, was down to 67.

He also praised the “groundbreaking” alliance with West Mercia Police which has helped both forces to protect frontline services and maintain high levels of public satisfaction whilst saving money.

Neil Brunton said the Warwickshire force was on target to achieve savings of £12.3 million by 2016. However it faced the “fresh challenge” of saving another £10 million between 2016 and 2018. He said further development of the alliance would help by “doing things once across two forces”.

Mr Ball said he had awarded around £1 million in funding to set up projects to reduce crime and support victims. The funds came from the Commissioner Grant Scheme which he founded.

A new and improved PCC website is expected to be up and running soon.

For more information contact the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner on 01926 412322 or email