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About Your PCC

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Keith Hunter was elected as Police and Crime 

Commissioner for the Humberside Police force area on

6th May 2016

Keith Hunter is the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Humberside Police, a role he was elected to in 2016. Keith is a former police officer, serving thirty years and leaving in 2011 as a Chief Superintendent. Having successfully completed the Strategic Command Course that year he took the decision not to seek to become a chief officer but to leave and seek to become a PCC in 2012. That attempt was unsuccessful so he entered the private sector and built a career in leadership, management and change consultancy. Keith largely worked abroad during 2013 to 2016 assisting post-communist countries develop their justice systems up to E.U standards. He gained experience in a number of countries including Serbia and Kosovo but was largely based in Bosnia where he led a large project, sponsored through the UK Embassy, to reform the State Prosecutor’s Office. In 2016 Keith again sought to become PCC for the Humberside area and was successful on that occasion. As Humberside PCC Keith has overseen a significant improvement in the fortunes of the force which has gone hand- in-hand with the biggest recruitment drive in its history and, proportionately, the biggest in the country. Keith leads the Local Policing and Partnerships portfolio for the national Association of PCCs (APCC) and is deputy portfolio lead for the Performance and the newly created Prevention portfolios. He has led the drive nationally to reinvigorate Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) as a key player in the drive to reduce crime and ASB and is keen for the service to develop a new performance framework built upon an outcome based approach to planning. 

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 to support victims of crime and deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities;

Keith is responsible for ensuring that community needs are met as effectively as possible and for improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. He also works in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.