MARGARET Ollerenshaw has been elected Chairman of Cheshire Police Authority for a second year.
The unanimous vote came at the authority’s annual meeting on April 13.
“I am delighted to be re-elected as the authority’s chairman,” said Margaret Ollerenshaw. “I am looking forward to the challenges that this year will bring and to continue to improve the delivery of policing to the people of Cheshire.
“My first year as chairman has been busy. We have supported the further development of neighbourhood policing and set a budget which protects front-line services.
“We have continued to work closely with our partners, such as borough councils, to ensure that the police service continues to be more efficient and effective.
“With Dave Whatton, the Chief Constable, we have delivered results – crime has fallen significantly and public satisfaction in Cheshire Constabulary is the highest of all police forces in the country.
“During the year, the authority was independently assessed by the Audit Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) who found the Authority to be ‘performing well and improving’, and was one of only three Authorities which achieved this result.
“I am very proud of this achievement as it confirms that the authority is working with the people of Cheshire to understand what they want from their police service, and that the authority is setting challenging targets for the police; and, the Chief Constable and his chief officers are being properly held to account on behalf of the public.”
Margaret has been a member of the authority for 15 years both as a magistrate and now as an independent member. She became vice chairman in July 2008.
Margaret added: “I will be working with my colleagues on the authority to make sure that the Constabulary becomes even more efficient, has the resources to police Cheshire effectively and further improves services provided to the public.”
At the same meeting, the authority elected Ainsley Arnold as its vice-chairman.
Ainsley joined Cheshire Police Authority as a local authority member in April 2009. He is the lead member for partnerships in East Cheshire and is a member of engagement, staff and selection committees and service improvement panel.
Ainsley is the lead member for Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing Unit.