Police chief Tipping outlines priorities

A SENSIBLE alcohol policy, crime reduction in young people and improving communication in communities are the three main priorities outlined by Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Former Hucknall MP Paddy Tipping was speaker at the town’s Rotary Club this week when he revealed the areas of interest in his new role as elected Commissioner.

During his meet and greet with Rotary members, Mr Tipping also talked about the election that put him in the top post where he has now served for three months.

“Paddy gave a fascinating account of his responsibilities and vision for the task ahead,” said club president, Ian Young.

“He outlined the difficulties surrounding the election including the low turn-out which suggested public apathy,” added Ian. “He explained that he is hoping to overcome this by talking and engaging with the public.”

Mr Tipping compared election canvassing as an MP to 42,000 households in his old constituency to the 800,000 in the county for the commissioner elections.

“Paddy also revealed that in his first week in office his department received more letters than were received in the last year by the old Police Authority.”

Mr Tipping is a familiar figure in Hucknall since his term in office as MP and Ian put his success in the Commissioner elections down to his popularity as a devoted MP.