POLICE and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley met with members of the council behind the closed doors of the Civic Offices on Monday to discuss their ‘new vision’ for policing in the borough.
The arrangement provided council chiefs the chance to engage in ‘frank discussion’ with Mr Hurley away from the eyes of the public.
But that didn’t stop the News & Mail hi-jacking both the commissioner and council chief executive Ray Morgan prior to the meeting.
They planned explored future business plans, how to work closer together, and shared concerns over the issues on the town’s streets.
Mr Morgan, said: “I believe we share the same goals, making our already safe streets safer.
“The meeting will enable Kevin to discuss his vision and give elected members a chance to ask him questions to build a relationship that will last long into the future.
“From a council officer’s point of view, there is a neutral interest between us and the meeting will be open and frank in its discussion – hence why we have asked for no press to be present.”
Mr Hurley pledges to take a zero tolerance approach to policing in Surrey, deliver more street policing, to put victims at the centre of the criminal justice system, and to give people more opportunities to have their say about how the force operates.
His mission statement also focuses heavily on the protection of police on the beat. He also believes that better starting salaries are paramount.
Mr Hurley said: “Policing is one of the most rewarding jobs there is, but we must not take for granted the goodwill and public spirit of those who join.
Job satisfaction does not pay the bills. I will also be working alongside Chief Constable Lynne Owens to identify where we have discretion to offer a better starting salary for new recruits that reflects the valuable contribution they make.
“We expect police constables to deal with some of the most dangerous people in our society.
“Officers join the service to help the public, so we must help them.”