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Media To Shadow First PCCs

The BBC is to follow three police and crime commissioners during their first year in office

Three police and crime commissioners are to be shadowed by journalists from BBC radio in a move to find out what the new role is like in its first 12 months.

BBC Radio Five Live has chosen Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill, Katy Bourne (pictured) from Sussex and Bedfordshire’s elected representative Olly Martins to take part in an ongoing series of programmes about their job.

It is also likely that there will be fly-on-the-wall style broadcasts.

The trio have already taken part in a joint live broadcast with presenter Victoria Derbyshire.

They discussed how they were settling into their roles and their priorities for policing in their local areas.

A statement from PCC Bourne’s office said: “Commissioner Bourne reinforced her commitment to tackling domestic abuse in Sussex by encouraging earlier reporting and highlighting the range of support services available to victims.”

A statement from PCC Underhill’s office added: “A number of issues were covered (during the initial interview) including the challenges being faced by the new PCCs, key issues in their respective areas and the value of PCSOs.”

To listen to the first interview click here

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