Back in March, the Police & Crime Commissioner held a competition which gave someone in Cheshire the opportunity to sample what a day in the life of a Commissioner is like.
Malcolm Naylor was the winning entrant, and on Wednesday 24 April he came in and spent the day with John Dwyer.
Malcolm′s day started at 9am; he attended a Decision Meeting in which the Commissioner and senior officers from the Constabulary considered the Crime Prevention Fund, people and estates strategies. Malcolm observed John doing an interview with Heart FM regarding the Youth Ambassador recruitment.
Malcolm and John then welcomed some of the runners up of the competition at lunch time, with John participating in a probing question and answer session.
John said: "I′m happy that I had the opportunity to meet the runners up of the competition. I listened to the issues that they raised and the questions they asked. I hope that the answers I gave helped them to better understand my role as a Police & Crime Commissioner."
After lunch, Malcolm had his own private question and answer session with John followed by a tour of HQ (including Call Handling department and the Tactical Training Centre). Malcolm was then interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside, who asked him how his day had been and whether he had enjoyed the experience.
Finally, to round off the day Malcolm accompanied John to a community forum in Weaver and Cuddington.
Malcolm said: "I was delighted to have won this competition. I entered because I wanted to know how Mr Dwyer would meet his five stated ‘priorities′. After spending the day with John, I was pleasantly surprised how transparent and accountable both him and his team are. I′m glad I had this experience, because I′ve had an insight into what his role is about."
John added: "I′m glad I had the opportunity to meet Mr Naylor and that the time he spent with me has been both worthwhile and a useful experience. I hope opportunities like this provide people with more information about the role of the Police & Crime Commissioner."