AS WE move towards a New Year it is important to look back at the year past. It has been a year of summer riots in London with police officers from Bridlington assisting with policing the capital, of budget cuts to local policing and other austerity measures effecting all public servants and services.
As is expected, the public services have risen to the challenge, decisions have been made which may not be popular but will ensure that the best possible service to the public is delivered and maintained.
It is not just the public services which have been effected, many people have lost their jobs and others face an uncertain future with all the worries and concerns that this brings.
It was also a year where it was decided that the Olympic torch would travel through Bridlington, one of only a few town’s in the East Riding where this will happen.
A new role has been created replacing that of the police authority. The Police and Crime Commissioner will take up their post late next year and will be focussed more on local policing issues, there will be much more onus on solving local policing problems with the community’s help and in line with what the community wants. I personally think this is a good idea.
A year where crime has dropped, mainly in theft from shops, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour, showing once again that the East Riding is one of the safest places to live in the country. I am not complacent and all of us at your police station will continue to work as hard as we can to maintain this.There is however a personal responsibility to look after your property too and don’t tempt fate and become a victim of crime.
A year where the community spirit in Bridlington shone brightly. Remembrance Day, when one of the largest recorded numbers of residents attended the parade and service, and gave thanks to our town’s fallen heroes, these brave men and women still put themselves in harm’s way for us today. I would like to thank all those I have worked with this past year to make Bridlington a safer and better place to live, to my team and staff at Bridlington Police Station, to other members of the emergency services, to the volunteers working in our community and to those looking after the vulnerable and elderly, and to their families for putting up with them.
I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope it brings with it a more settled economic period, one where job security and opportunities come to the fore, for my part I have enjoyed the challenges of 2011 and look forward to 2012.