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About Your PCC

 KH-Portrait

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. Upon leaving the service 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 EU 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. As Humberside PCC Keith has overseen a significant improvement in the fortunes of the force. He 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.

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