Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has presented the first draft of his Police and Crime Plan to members of the Police and Crime Panel for consideration. The document has also been published online to enable members of the public and partner agencies involved in protecting the public to comment before it is finalised.
The Police and Crime Plan is a blueprint for achieving the Commissioner’s objectives following his election victory and sets out a series of goals to improve confidence and public satisfaction over the next four years. All newly elected Commissioners are legally obliged to publish a plan as soon as possible to inform the public how they intend to fulfil their election pledges.
Mr Charles’ plan has been strongly influenced by the concerns and priorities of Derbyshire residents as part of the wider aim to bring policing back to the people. Events such as Have Your Say, the Commissioner’s and previously the Police Authority’s largest annual engagement project, have helped to provide a better understanding of the differing needs of Derbyshire’s diverse communities and common priorities shared by residents.
Building up to the commissioner taking office, a series of ten events were staged during 2012 covering each of the nine local Authority areas to specifically address issues of anti-social behaviour. A total of 2,462 responses were received which enabled the Commissioner, in consultation with the Chief Constable, to identify a set of local priorities. The top five priorities; speeding, inconsiderate parking and other traffic issues, drug related activity, underage drinking and young people gathering, will play an instrumental role in the crime reduction strategy and will influence the way resources are managed in the future as well as the way partner agencies work together to tackle offending.
The policing plan has also been built around the pledges made by Mr Charles in his election campaign and manifesto which aim to strengthen neighbourhood policing and improve the experience of anyone coming into contact with Derbyshire Constabulary whether as a member of the public or a victim of crime. These include specific goals to fight further cuts to the county’s policing budget, keeping police and support services public rather than private, maintaining community policing, standing up for victims and vulnerable people, particularly victims of domestic abuse, working with mental health and drug and alcohol abuse organisations to explore ways of early intervention and ensuring local residents see value for money from the Police.
In drawing up the policing plan, Mr Charles has also placed a strong importance on the biggest threats facing the county as identified in the annual briefing with partners, the top seven of which have been identified as alcohol crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour, safeguarding children, acquisitive crime and offender management, domestic abuse and organised crime groups.
Mr Charles said: “This Plan echoes the sentiments of my election manifesto and reiterates my commitment to fighting crime and provide a policing service that matches the expectations of those living and working in Derbyshire.
“As Commissioner, my aim is to vocalise the concerns of the public at the highest level. This plan is not just my vision for a better future it instead brings together the thoughts, concerns, views and experiences of everyone in Derbyshire who has an interest in making our streets safer, from local residents and businesses through to those organisations which help support offenders to break the cycle of their criminal activities.
“By looking at the whole picture and widening our approach to problem solving, we aim to deliver permanent improvements. This doesn’t just mean recording lower crime rates year on year but also developing better ways of supporting victims and those unfortunate enough to witness crime and making sure we meet the needs of our BME communities by promoting equality and forging a closer relationship.”
He added: “This plan affects everyone living and working within the county and I would urge anyone with a desire to make Derbyshire safer to take a look to understand how we aim to achieve this in the next few years.”
The draft policing plan is available on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Public-Information/Police-and-Crime-Plan.aspx Comments are invited until January 23 2013.
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Posted on Monday 14th January 2013