Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Sir Graham Bright, steps down

Police commissioner selection for Cambridge Conservatives

Police commissioner selection for Cambridge Conservatives - Credit: Archant

Setting up a victims hub stands out as a highlight for the first police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire as he steps down from the role this week.

Sir Graham Bright hands over the reigns to Jason Ablewhite and said: “My final weeks have been busy with the launch of a new volunteer police cadet unit in Cambridge, the passing out ceremony of a second cohort in Peterborough, attending the Home Affairs select committee seminar on security and making sure everything is in order for a smooth transition.”

Highlights over the three and a half years for Sir Graham include setting up Cambridgeshire’s first Victims’ Hub with more than 10,000 victims referred since 2014 and more than 6,000 people directly supported.

Also supporting young people through the Youth Fund with £55,000 in grants, creating a volunteer police cadet scheme with five units now established; and supporting people experiencing mental health crisis through the Mental Health Concordat.

Sir Graham said: “There have been challenges along the way, particularly in terms of funding, however through careful financial management, we have been able to save £16 million without reducing frontline officer numbers.”

“The ability to bring people together to stimulate new ways of working, from bringing employers and ex-offenders together at HMP Peterborough to create new employment schemes, to hosting the county’s first Cybercrime conference, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role.”

Cambridgeshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Ablewhite takes over on Thursday May 12.