It was great to hear that Surrey Police has exceeded its target for the first year of the government’s police recruitment push.
By the end of March, Surrey Police had recruited 110 additional officers – far higher than the target of 78, and taking the total number of officers in the county to 2,130.
More officers means safer streets in Elmbridge, and a greater focus on tackling burglaries, anti-social behaviour and knife crime.
On Thursday next week, Surrey residents have an important opportunity to further strengthen local policing, by voting for Lisa Townsend to be our next Police and Crime Commissioner.
I know from talking to Lisa that she understands the importance of having a visible, responsive local police service. I’m looking forward to voting for her next week.