Alison Hernandez Seeks Re-Election as Police and Crime Commissioner, Prioritizing Rural Crime and Domestic Violence Prevention

Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly, announces her bid for re-election, focusing on rural crime, domestic violence, and innovative programs like Prisoners Building Homes.

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Alison Hernandez Seeks Re-Election as Police and Crime Commissioner, Prioritizing Rural Crime and Domestic Violence Prevention

Alison Hernandez Seeks Re-Election as Police and Crime Commissioner, Prioritizing Rural Crime and Domestic Violence Prevention

Alison Hernandez, the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has announced her bid for re-election in the 2024 election.

Hernandez's top priorities for the next term include addressing rural crime, working to prevent domestic violence, and expanding successful initiatives like Operation Scorpion and Prisoners Building Homes.

During her previous terms, Hernandez has focused on disrupting drug operations through Operation Scorpion, which has disrupted 4,000 drug operations in two years. She has also launched the Prisoners Building Homes program, enabling prisoners to be employed by modular housing providers to build low-carbon homes for local communities and vulnerable people, with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Hernandez has worked to increase the number of police officers to a record high of 3,610, thanks to government funding and additional money from taxpayers. She has used Safer Streets funding to improve CCTV, street lighting, and make women and girls feel safer, particularly in Exeter and Plymouth. As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Road Safety, Hernandez has also overseen the Vision Zero partnership, investing £5 million in road safety.

Why this matters: With domestic violence on the rise and accounting for much of the region's violent crime, Hernandez's focus on preventing domestic violence and addressing serious and organized rural crime is vital for the safety and well-being of communities in Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly. Her innovative approaches, such as the Prisoners Building Homes program, demonstrate a commitment to tackling social issues and reducing recidivism.

Looking ahead, Hernandez plans to continue her efforts to address domestic violence, potentially by getting all partners on board, similar to her approach with Vision Zero. She also aims to focus on tackling serious and organized rural crime, theft of animals and property, and investing in anti-social behavior hotspot money to help with the costs of street marshal schemes. "Domestic violence is a priority," Hernandez stated, emphasizing her readiness to address this issue in the upcoming term.

Key Takeaways

  • Alison Hernandez announces bid for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Key priorities: rural crime, domestic violence prevention, expanding initiatives like Operation Scorpion.
  • Disrupted 4,000 drug operations through Operation Scorpion, launched Prisoners Building Homes program.
  • Increased police officers to record high, invested £5 million in road safety initiatives.
  • Plans to tackle domestic violence, serious organized rural crime, and anti-social behavior hotspots.