Surl marks 100 days in police role
YESTERDAY marked 100 days since Martin Surl started work as Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
His first day was November 22 and he has faced plenty of controversy since then.
In January, it was revealed his choice of new chief constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary, Suzette Davenport, was being investigated for misconduct by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He has also been challenged over his decision to increase council tax. And last week the vast majority of people asked said they had no idea who he was or what his role entailed.
Mr Surl said he recognises his work has barely begun.
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The independent candidate was voted into the role, taking over the work of the 17-member Police Authority.
He said: "If I thought getting elected was difficult, I was never under any illusion how much more demanding the real thing would be. Setting up and establishing the office of PCC from scratch has not been easy and I am as frustrated as anyone that the transition from the Police Authority has not been as smooth as it might have been. Even so, a lot has been achieved in a relatively short time."
As well as drawing up the budget, he has also met the Home Secretary and other PCCs, drafted the Police and Crime Plan, launched the Commissioner's Fund and begun an in-depth review of the constabulary's staff, buildings, vehicles, IT and communications.
He said: "Hopefully, much of the important groundwork has now been done which will enable me to get out and about more; talk to people and see how we can work together to make Gloucestershire a better place."