Yesterday Cornish Stuff reported that Alison Hernandez, the Conservative Police and Crime commissioner for Devon & Cornwall will face a ‘no confidence’ motion when Cornwall Council meet next week. Hernandez was voted in to the £85,000 a year post in 2016.
Now, Alison Hernandez has released a statement in response defending her position and accuses councillors of spreading politically motivated ‘fake news’ .
Plymouth City Council recently passed a no confidence motion on her performance but the PCC has survived similar motions on Devon county council and the Police & Crime Panel.
Ms Hernandez told us:
“I hope that councillors from across Cornwall will recognise this for the political mischief making that it is and vote against the motion.
I think it’s a great shame that some elected members choose to promulgate incorrect, inaccurate and out of date information while ignoring all of the positive and proactive work which I and my team are actively undertaking with leaders in Cornwall.
I want to help make this great county a safer and better place to live and work and I would hope other elected representatives would want the same.
That’s why I meet regularly with council leaders to look at new ways we can work together and listen to each-others’ ideas and views.
I provide funding for a wide range of projects and services in Cornwall, including Safer Cornwall, and continue to fund and support a wide range of initiatives and third sector organisations operating across the county to help prevent crime and support victims.
This motion should not be allowed to take away attention from the good work that is going on to deal with issues in Cornwall.
There are community safety challenges in many of our communities but I and my team are working with partners to address them.
For example my team has been involved since the start with Safer St Austell, a multi-agency approach to issues which have been highlighted in the town.
I truly believe in this joined up approach and that is where I want to continue to put my focus.
To be clear. I do not support the idea of armed vigilantes. I fully endorse the police advice to ‘Run, Hide, Tell’. I have repeatedly clarified my views on this point.
I do understand that people are concerned about PCSO numbers reducing but it is for the chief constable to decide on his workforce mix and he has discussed his plans on many occasions.
I have made an extra £24 million available to him over the coming years to increase the number of police officers by 100, as well as bringing in dozens of new police staff investigators and telephone statement takers. This will release 1000’s of extra hours of police officer time to be out on our streets.
Although the chief constable will be reducing the number of PCSOs, many will move, or already have moved, to these new roles – keeping their skills and local knowledge in our local community.
My focus is getting on with the important job I was elected to do and call upon councillors of all political persuasions to work with me to ensure we get the best out of the police in our area”