Deputy joins fight on crime
THE leader of Women's Aid has been appointed Notts' first deputy police crime commissioner.
Executive director Chris Cutland will work alongside newly elected crime commissioner Paddy Tipping as he sets priorities for Notts Police.
Both made it clear that stamping out domestic violence and crimes against women would be a priority.
Ms Cutland's role was announced by Mr Tipping at the Women's Centre, Chaucer Street, Nottingham, yesterday.
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Mr Tipping said: "I've been a regular visitor to the Women's Centre for the past months and got a lot of advice – and now I'm going to act on that advice.
"Part of the advice was that we need to do things around domestic violence and serious crimes against women and one of the commitments I've made is that I'm going to do that.
"I want women to feel safe and secure in their homes and on the streets and that's why I've invited Chris Cutland to be my deputy and I'm really very pleased and highly honoured that she's accepted."
Ms Cutland is also keen to tackle antisocial behaviour, having previously worked with Nottingham City Council's East Area community drugs prevention project.
Speaking after her formal welcome from Mr Tipping, Ms Cutland said: "This is absolutely incredible and I think it's a really important statement for domestic violence, violence against women and for women.
"I'm not an old bureaucrat, I like to listen to people and I'm delighted that Paddy Tipping is calling himself the people's commissioner because it means he will listen to people and then act on what is said.
"Although violence against women is being dealt with better, there's still a lot of improvement to be done.
"More than 40 per cent of all violent crime in both the county and city is domestic violence. This seems ridiculous in the year 2012.
"We've got to put women's agenda further up and I hope I'm going to be able to help to do that."
Women's Centre manager Mel Jeffs said: "This is a really big deal for Nottingham. It's really fitting because Chris has been involved with the Women's Centre for many years and it is a credit to her that she has this role and it's going to be great for women in the city."
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