The PCC's role is to hold the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The PCCs also has a wider role in promoting community safety and working with criminal justice partners to improve support for victims of crime.
Matthew Barber has set 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 Barber was raised and schooled in Oxfordshire before graduating from Brunel University. He still lives in Oxfordshire, is married to Katie and has two children and a labrador!
Matthew is Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. Elected to the role in May 2021 with a majority of nearly 80,000. He served as Deputy PCC from 2017 to 2021, during which time he took on the chairmanship of the Local Criminal Justice Board.
Matthew also served as a councillor in the Vale of White Horse for nearly nineteen years. First elected to the Council in 2003 he served as Leader from 2011 to 2018 before standing down in March 2022. He has been a director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as well as founding Chairman of Vale4Business and a Board Member of Science Vale and is involved in various charitable organisations.
If you wish to contact Matthew specifically about issues relating to my role as Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, please contact his office via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk.
Please note that the PCC is a separate entity to Thames Valley Police and is therefore not the Head of the Force. The PCC is unable to become involved in operational policing matters and therefore any police related enquiries should be made directly to Thames Valley Police.