Reducing crime, keeping people safe, and delivering justice for victims. Policing can make a real difference in all of our communities and I want to ensure that your voice is heard in the priorities that Thames Valley Police have. The choice you make at these elections really matters. The next Police & Crime Commissioner will have to manage nearly half a billion pounds of police funding, hold the Chief Constable to account for improving performance and give voice to the concerns of residents from across the Thames Valley.
As your PCC I will work constructively to get the best deal from the Government, to deliver the resources, powers and protections that our brave police officers need. I will ensure that Thames Valley Police is properly equipped to address the concerns of the public; recruiting more police officers and PCSOs; improving response times and driving down crime.
Above all communities across Thames Valley want to see strong local policing. That means more visibility in our communities, continuing to drive down burglaries, robberies and vehicle crime as well as dealing with the complex problems of domestic abuse and drug related crime.
Every community in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes deserves the best from Thames Valley Police and if elected on 6th May I will implement my plans to improve road safety and reduce speeding, fight rural crime, tackle illegal encampments, and work with the prisons and probation to reduce reoffending.
My aim is to ensure Thames Valley Police are their best to protect you, your family and your property.
Matthew Barber is the Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Appointed at the end of 2016, he now chairs the Thames Valley Local Criminal Justice Board and leads for the Office of the PCC on Emergency Services Collaboration. As Deputy PCC, Matthew has sought to increase scrutiny of performance management within Thames Valley Police and improve communications to share the excellent work being undertaken by the Force.
In March 2019 Matthew was selected by the Conservative Party to stand as candidate to become Thames Valley PCC in May 2020. His draft Police & Criminal Justice Plan for the Thames Valley sets out his key priorities for the coming years.
- Strong local policing
- Fighting serious and organised crime
- Improving the criminal justice system
- Fighting fraud and cyber crime
- Tackling illegal encampments
Matthew is also councillor for the Steventon & the Hanneys ward of the Vale of White Horse District Council. He has served on the Council since 2003 and was Leader of the Council from 2011 to 2018.
Married with two daughters and a lively labrador, Matthew lives in the village of West Hanney, and has lived in Oxfordshire most of his life. He grew up in Faringdon and was first elected for the Faringdon & The Coxwells ward, having previously stood for election in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
He has also been a member of Faringdon Town Council. Before becoming Leader of the Council, he was Leader of the Opposition since 2009 and chaired the Vale’s Scrutiny Committee. He has been a Director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as well as Chairman of Vale4Business and a Board Member of Science Vale and involved in various charitable organisations.