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March 2022

Today, my office has launched the Do the Right Thing campaign across the Thames Valley. The campaign encourages men to recognise sexual harassment and misogynistic behaviour from others, and to give them the confidence to call it out when they witness it.
In partnership with Thames Valley Police, I am committed to tackling sexual violence and harassment and this campaign reminds men that we must all speak out against inappropriate behaviour. I continue to support victims of crime with my Victims First service, and I’ll also be using the campaign to promote this in the hope that further support can be provided to victims.
 
We are keen to hear your views on the current support for victims of crime. This survey will capture views and experiences of victims of crime and abuse in the Thames Valley and professionals who are either directly supporting victims or referring them into victims’ services. Find out more about sharing your views in the news item, below.
 
I recently announced a Road Safety Summit for the Thames Valley, due to take place this May. As your Police & Crime Commissioner, I am committed to challenging the role of the police to ensure they are doing all they can to keep our roads safe.
 
I want to go beyond the usual debate, which is polarised into drivers versus cyclists. To understand the inherent vulnerability of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders on our roads, whilst recognising the very real dangers to motorists and motorcyclists on our roads.

The Road Safety Summit is intended to be the start of an ongoing conversation, generating clear recommendations and help make our roads safer for all.

I will continue to tackle the key priorities within my Police & Criminal Justice Plan, ensuring the Thames Valley is a safer place for everyone to live.
Matthew Barber
Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

Do the Right Thing campaign launches in Thames Valley
The Do the Right Thing campaign, which encourages men to recognise and call out sexism and harassment, launches in the Thames Valley

Do the Right Thing campaign launch video

Do the Right Thing encourages men to recognise sexual harassment and misogynistic behaviour from others and give them the confidence to call it out when they witness it.

If you are a man, there are numerous ways you can get involved, including:

  • Make the choice to stand up against inappropriate behaviour.
  • If you see someone feeling uncomfortable with someone else’s behaviour, check they’re okay.
  • Remember consent must be mutual in sexual relationships – be aware of your own actions and speak out if you hear friends aren’t being.
  • Call it out if a friend or colleague makes an inappropriate sexual remark.
Further details, including information on Victims First, can be found on our dedicated campaign page.
Find out more on our website

PCC seeking views to improve support for victims of crime

Matthew Barber has launched a survey inviting views on the support needs of victims across the region

The anonymous online survey is seeking views from professionals and victims on the current support for victims of crime. This will help inform the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on possible options for the future commissioning of services.
The survey is open for response until 12pm on 6 April. Responses will remain anonymous and confidential.
Complete the victims survey

Road Safety Summit announced by PCC
A Road Safety Summit has been announced for this May, bringing together highways authorities, roads policing and road users to help set a new strategy to cut road deaths

Announcing the Road Safety Summit, Matthew said: “Every death on our roads is a tragedy. A life lost. A family broken. We are all road users in one form or another, and the safety of everyone matters. From HGV drivers to the most vulnerable road users, we should all expect to arrive at our destination safely."
Read the full story on our website

PCC announces new investment to keep streets safe and bring more criminals to justice 
Matthew has set out his spending plans for Thames Valley Police, which will see new investment to keep streets safe

Matthew discusses his spending plans for Thames Valley Police

The budget and medium term plan will enable: 

  • Development of a specialist Rape and Sexual Offences team.
  • A dedicated team to fast track cases, reducing delays for victims and releasing officers back to the frontline.
  • Improvements in forensics to speed up investigations and bring more criminals to justice.
  • The continued recruitment of more officers, beyond the Home Office funded recruitment programme.
  • Continuation of the Rural Crime Task Force and the introduction of a Drugs Task Force.
  • Improving essential technological infrastructure and systems to better support service delivery.
Read the full story on our website

Media coverage

Matthew, and the work of his office, has been covered in a number of news items, recently including:

Thames Valley Police launches Rural Crime Taskforce

Thames Valley Police has launched its Rural Crime Taskforce to make the Thames Valley a hostile place for those who commit rural crimes

The Taskforce consists of a team of dedicated officers, as well as intelligence support, who will work tirelessly with our partners, drone units, and the Joint Operations Unit with Hampshire to tackle serious and organised rural crime.
Read the full story here

Shrievalty Awards ceremony celebrates outstanding contributions to Thames Valley
The Shrievalty Awards are one of the most prestigious forms of recognition within Thames Valley Police

Each year, the location rotates around the three counties and this year, the Shrievalty Awards ceremony took place at a venue in Buckinghamshire.

The event celebrated the exceptional work of two teams and one individual from across the force.

Read the full story here

Taskforce created to combat county drugs lines in Thames Valley
A taskforce has been created to combat county drugs lines activity in the Thames Valley

Until recently, the management and investigation of county drugs lines have mainly been run by individual local policing areas.

Since January, the Drugs Focus Taskforce has been able to assist local policing areas in the management and disruption of these county drugs lines as well as resilient, home-grown drug lines that pose a significant risk to communities or vulnerable individuals.

Read the full story here

Milton Keynes Rural Crime Barn Event
Thames Valley Police are hosting a free Rural Crime Barn Event for the area of Milton Keynes on 27 April

This is a fantastic opportunity for farmers, gamekeepers and landowners to meet their local Neighbourhood Team and the PCC, Matthew Barber. The aim of the event is to build strong community resilience, through working together to tackle crime and making Milton Keynes undesirable to criminals.
Find out more about the event

Independent Office for Police Complaints (IOPC)
Find out more about the IOPC, who oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales

The IOPC investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, and set the standards by which the police should handle complaints.

Our mission is to improve public confidence in policing by ensuring the police are accountable and lessons are learnt.

For further information on the service we provide, please visit our website.
Visit the IOPC website
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