Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner's 100 day analysis
THE county's Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl will assess Gloucestershire Constabulary for 100 days before he makes any major changes to the force.
A month after the former detective was elected to the £65,000 a year role, he said he believed looking, understanding and monitoring policies was important before any big decisions were made.
The 55-year-old had already pledged to review a plan, which had seen the force selling off stations across the county, and consider custody provision throughout Gloucestershire.
But further actions will not be taken impulsively or quickly.
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For now, Mr Surl said his priority would be setting the budget and appointing a new chief constable, following the announcement Mick Matthews would leaving at the end of January.
He said: "What I have said is that I will not be making any key decisions in the first 100 days. I need to make sure I see what resources are available and what is needed.
"Clearly the budget is the most important thing and we are still in the process of understanding the implications of the settlement announced on Wednesday, December 19.
"I will also be working on the crime plan and making sure that is done in consultation with stakeholders. For me that is all about balancing the need to respond with crime control and prevention. The challenge is making sure there is a joined up strategy to reduce crime with the whole criminal justice system."
The appointment of deputy commissioners has proved controversial nationwide with some of those newly elected choosing family and friends to work with them.
But Mr Surl has said he had no intention of employing a second in command or "building an empire".
He said another test of the job was caused by the size and the diversity of the county.
He added: "One problem we have come across is making the office accessible to the public. When I was on the campaign trail I went out to the people.
"An important part of the job for me is making sure I have a feel of what is happening out on the street. I need to be in touch with the community and that is going to be tough."