In November’s Off Beat Lynn Hawkins writes:
Lynn Hawkins – SPA Chair
With the imminent arrival of the countyâ€™s first Police and Crime Commissioner, this is the final column from the Police Authority in the pages of Offbeat.
The Authorityâ€™s time overseeing Surrey Police has been eventful to say the least. The change in policing locally and nationally has been profound over this period – financially, technologically, culturally and now politically.
Despite all the change that has happened, some things have remained constant.
We have witnessed at first-hand how Surrey Police has dealt with massive organisational change, major emergencies, large scale public events and high-profile crimes. Â We have also been witness to the many smaller â€“ but equally important â€“ jobs that you do, keeping the public safe and confident every day in their communities.
Whatever the challenge, Surrey Police has displayed â€“ and continues to â€“ genuine professionalism and care for the public it serves.
The Police and Crime Commissioner will inherit oversight of an outstanding police force.
The Police Authority will continue to operate until Midnight on 21 November, after which it will formally cease to exist and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will take over.
Continuity will be provided by the nine staff of the Police Authority who will transfer over to form the Commissionerâ€™s support team on 22 November.
On behalf of the Authorityâ€™s members and staff past and present, I thank you all and wish you the very best for the years ahead.
It has been a privilege