Keith Hunter was elected as Police and Crime
Commissioner for the Humberside Police force area on
6th May 2016
Keith Hunter was born and raised in the North East and joined Humberside Police as a constable in 1981. In a 30-year policing career he rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent and ended his service as Divisional Commander for the City of Hull. He helped to introduce Neighbourhood Policing to the force and was chosen to be a part of a national team assisting under-performing police forces to improve.
After leaving the police Keith built another successful career as a leadership, management and justice expert, improving justice and policing agencies abroad.
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner
As your Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith is responsible for overseeing the work of Humberside Police, ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of policing services across East Yorkshire, Northern Lincolnshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull.
As well as holding the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people, Keith’s role includes:
Representing and engaging with all those who live and work in the communities in the force area, including the vulnerable and victims, to identify their policing needs;
Setting priorities to address those needs by publishing a Police and Crime Plan;
- Publishing an Annual Report;
- Securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force for the area;
- Setting the police precept and budget;
- Responsibility for holding community safety budgets and commissioning services;
Keith will be responsible for ensuring that community needs are met as effectively as possible and for improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. He will also work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
Keith's Action Plan to improve policing includes:
Bringing Back Community Policing
Community Policing is the heart of successful policing. Over and over I hear people say they hardly see a police officer anymore. I will bring back policing to local communities but I will do even more by allowing local people to have a voice in how police officers are deployed, building a real partnership of equals.
Being Your Advocate
I will not be an apologist for under-performance or be distracted by technical talk and excuses. I will speak clearly for you and close the gap with the senior management of the police, properly holding them to account when you don't receive the service you should. I will get the Commissioner's staff out of the office and into your communities checking the police deliver what they promise, not relying on hand-fed statistics that can be made to show anything. You will have a permanent local representative reporting directly to me.
Getting the Phones Answered
Following the restructure of Humberside Police which included the closure of one of its communications centres, I heard many stories of people waiting far too long to have their calls answered, and of thousands of calls being lost. I will ensure resources are properly balanced to meet public demand.
Supporting all Victims of Crime
All victims, from serious personal attack, to businesses suffering lots of minor thefts, or those falling foul of cyber criminals deserve a response that meets their needs. We must get the basics right to build this first class service. Only with these solid foundations can we build a resilient service upon which all victims' needs can be properly addressed. I will focus on real need not headlines, on people not politics.
Rebuilding Police Morale and Good Service
Poor morale leads to poor service. The answer is not counselling for work-induced stress but staff knowing they are part of an improving service where they are supported to do the job they want to do and their voice is heard. The best companies have staff on the Board and I will ensure police officers and staff assist in oversight of the service to make sure they are part of the solution, not seen as part of the problem. True partnership, within and outside of the service.
*Picture courtesy of Kate Woolhouse - Hull Daily Mail