Police and Crime Commissioner quizzed on his policies at first meeting

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A POLICE and Crime Panel took the opportunity to quiz new PCC Anthony Stansfeld on his policies during their first official meeting on Thursday night.

Mr Stansfeld, who was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15, was facing the panel for the first time and they took the opportunity to ask him about his objectives during his time in charge.

The panel is made up of one councillor and two co-opted members from each area across the Thames Valley. It will aim to scrutinise decisions made by Mr Stansfeld on behalf of residents.

Trevor Egleton, chairman of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel, said: “The first meeting went very well. I’d like to thank the commissioner for attending and for answering our questions clearly and to the best of his knowledge, bearing in mind that he has only been in post for two weeks.

“We share a commitment to local policing and partnership and I am determined that the panel will support his work. Thames Valley police area covers a population of more than two million people, so it is vital that all agencies work together for the benefit of the diverse communities we serve.

“On behalf of the panel I congratulate the commissioner on his new role and assure him of our support as a critical friend throughout his term of office.”