The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 brings in new structural arrangements for national policing, strategic police decision-making, neighbourhood policing and policing accountability. Principal amongst these changes will be the abolishment of Police Authorities and the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales. PCC elections took place on 15th November 2012.
The first elected PCC for Bedfordshire is Mr Olly Martins.
Some of the responsibilities of a PCC are:
- Appoint the Chief Constable and hold them to account for the running of their police force
- Set a five year Police and Crime Plan determining local policing priorities
- Set the annual local precept and annual force budget
- Working with partners, making community safety grants to tackle crime and disorder
The Central Bedfordshire Prospectus has been created to provide an overview of Central Bedfordshire and high level information at a glance, in order to raise the awareness on Central Bedfordshire’s issues. To download a copy click on the PDF attachment below.
Central Bedfordshire Prospectus (PDF 779KB)
Find out more information about the PCC in Bedfordshire
Find out more information about PCCs across England and Wales
Internet safety advice for parents
Internet safety is an ongoing concern for parents. Here is some useful advice:
- get to know the sites and chat rooms your children go to and keep an eye on what they are doing on them
- talk to them about the risks of using the internet and encourage them to talk to you if they are being cyberbullied
- report the bullying - contact the school if the bullying involves another pupil and contact your service provider to report the user and remove the content. Get further information from Bedfordshire Police.
Internet safety advice for young people
What are the risks of sending indecent images on the internet?
If images have been taken and sent to others, control is lost of them and they can end up anywhere. They could be seen by friends and family, a future employer, or end up in the possession an offender!
By sending indecent pictures of a person under 18 on to someone else you could be breaking the law.
What can you do if you receive an image?
If you receive an indecent image or video from someone, do not send this image on to others. You need to report it.
Where can you get help?
If you find that your image has been ‘shared’ or ‘published’ online, you might need help and support.
- parents - although it might be hard telling them and they might be upset, your parents will help you
- school - talk to a teacher. They will have protocols in place to deal with this sort of situation
- CEOP - CEOP is the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre and was set up by the Government in 2006 to help protect children online across the UK from online predators. CEOP can provide help and advice for you and your parents. You can make a report by going to the CEOP website