THE Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire has been confirmed this week.

Following notification from the PCC Donna Jones of her intention to appoint her preferred candidate, Conservative councillor Terry Norton to the role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel held a Confirmation Hearing on Monday (APril 25).

The panel confirmed her decision. Mr Terry Norton is appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner with immediate effect.

Deputy Police Commissioner Terry Norton said: “I am proud to be Hampshire born-and-bred. Having worked as a teacher throughout my career, I am passionate about public service and working with young people. I am committed to reducing the crimes that blight our communities.

“As the Deputy PCC I will be supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner in her drive to cut crime and make communities safer. We share the same vision and are both committed to preventing crimes happening and supporting victims when they do.

“I’m looking forward to serving Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as we deliver the pledge of more police and safer streets. I look forward to engaging with Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s dedicated police officers, staff, volunteers, and community leaders.”

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Commissioner Donna Jones added: “I’m pleased to welcome Terry to the team. He will be leading on a number of areas including the Scrutiny of Out of Court Disposals, working with health partners to aid the long term prevention of crime and representing me at Community Safety and public meetings with local councils. His knowledge and background will assist me in representing the public and ensuring I am aware of issues as they emerge in local communities.”

The PCC says she has based this decision on the experience Mr Norton has of working closely with her in public front-facing roles over the last five years.

Previously, Mr Norton has supported the PCC with understanding the vulnerabilities of children at risk of offending or being exploited.

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