Following consultation on the draft of the Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021, the final version of the Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021 was approved for publication at the Strategic Governance Board (SGB) meeting dated 28 November 2016. The Meeting papers are available here.
Prior to the Police and Crime Plan being approved for publication at the SGB, the plan was formally presented and agreed at the Police & Crime Panel on Thursday15 September 2016
The Commissioner has a statutory duty to continue reviewing the plan to ensure it remains fit for purpose. This will be a continuous process over the course of the Commissioner's term of office.
To download the complete Police and Crime Plan for 2016-2021 please click on the link below:
SUMMARY OF THE POLICE AND CRIME PLAN FOR DERBYSHIRE 2016-2021
Welcome to the executive summary of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021. This provides a brief overview of the areas of policing that will take precedence during my term of office and highlights the main challenges facing Derbyshire in terms of offending over the next few years as well as how we aim to address them.
Background to new policing landscape
Since November 2012, the way in which local decisions about policing are made has changed to become more public-focused. Paramount to this change has been the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners - new figureheads for local policing who have been directly elected to champion your views and raise your priorities at the highest level. Replacing Police Authorities, PCCs are responsible for making important decisions about how crime is tackled with the overall aim of making residents safer and improving services to victims of crime.
As Derbyshire’s second directly-elected PCC, I am legally required to publish a Police and Crime Plan setting out a path for improvements for the three and a half years I will serve in office. PCCs have a duty to represent their communities and as such the views of Derbyshire residents have played a hugely significant role in the construction of this plan. This policing blueprint is designed to give you a clearer understanding of the work underway to protect you and your property and improve the service you receive should you ever be unfortunate enough to fall victim to crime. Over the next three and a half years, the plan will be reviewed against emerging threats and priorities to ensure it continues to reflect the needs of Derbyshire communities.
Honouring my election promises
This is my first Police and Crime Plan and you will recognise many of the themes I’ve identified for improvement as they formed part of my election promises. Throughout my election campaign I made it clear that I am utterly committed to fighting crime, protecting communities and supporting the police and this plan is really built around these core goals. In my view, neighbourhood policing is key to improving public confidence and making our streets safer and I am determined to do everything in my power to support this crucial area of policing.
My election promises:
• Prioritising the needs of victims and vulnerable people in our communities;
• Working to ensure that Derbyshire is a safe and inclusive county;
• Continuing to lobby Government for a fairer funding deal for Derbyshire;
• Continuing to say No to G4S-style privatisation;
• Increasing the visibility of policing, both in communities and online, where resources allow;
• Ensuring a robust response to new and emerging crime such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Cybercrime;
• Continuing to develop our pioneering approach to cracking down on drug and alcohol-related crime; hate crime; Domestic Abuse; heritage, rural and wildlife crime;
• Ensuring access to appropriate services for those in mental health crisis who come into contact with the criminal justice system;
• Reducing demand by working with partners to lower offending;
• Working with partners to keep young people out of the criminal justice system;
• Ensuring that all communities have access to a robust, active and effective police service when and where they need it.
Threat and risk in Derbyshire
Many factors have influenced the future direction of crime prevention in Derbyshire. The priorities which have been set have been guided by public opinion as well as evidence from our partners of the key risks and threats facing the county in terms of crime. Issues raised in the Home Secretary’s Strategic Policing Requirement are also critical to our future plans.
The key threats to safety are:
• Substance Misuse
• Safeguarding Children
• Safeguarding Adults
• Domestic Abuse
• Organised Immigration Crime, Human Trafficking and Exploitation
• Organised Crime Groups
• Rape & Sexual Assault
• Terrorism & Domestic Extremism
• Acquisitive Crime & Offender Management
• Cyber Crime
• Killed and Seriously Injured Road Collisions
• Economic Crime
• Anti-social Behaviour
These identified risks help the Chief Constable decide resource allocations and operational priorities. This year has brought some additional threats in the form of cyber-crime, troubled families, new and emerging communities and economic crime which have placed extra pressure on resources however, it is still important to remember that Derbyshire is already a very safe county and crime levels have been falling year on year for a decade. There are now over 51,000 fewer victims of crime than there were in 2002/03 and the county is the safest in the East Midlands.
My chief aim is to advocate the interests of the public. We have a range of ways in which we collect the views of our communities and the plan shows we are already listening. Through the Listening to You campaign I intend to visit all 383 towns and villages in the county; this demonstrates that I am the Commissioner for the whole of Derbyshire. As your Commissioner I need to hear from you as I truly believe that together we can make things happen. As part of this campaign Derbyshire residents have been asked to complete a questionnaire, so far we have received a total of 811 responses which focus on public safety and gauging public views and concerns, this is your opportunity to influence the local police service. The overall aim is to improve the policing and victims’ services that we offer to people in Derbyshire and to better inform people about these services. Derbyshire is a unique county spanning an area of more than 1,000 square miles. Its population is as diverse as the landscape and this kind of continual feedback will be crucial to future decision-making.
My strategic priorities
Keeping our streets crime-free is a hugely important task but my ambitions have much wider implications and I’m committed to delivering a policing service that also reflects the needs of victims and witnesses and has at its roots a shared desire to tackle the cycle of crime. This means working very closely with our colleagues across the criminal justice field to tackle the social factors behind crime and break patterns of reoffending. Listed below are seven strategic priorities which I will focus on over the next four years. These priorities, along with the identified Threats and Risks, are the areas I will be holding the Chief Constable to account for delivering and areas of work in which I, or my office, will deliver directly.
• Working to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe from crime and harm and supporting those who unfortunately find themselves a victim of crime;
• Working to provide strong and effective partnership working;
• Working to tackle the impact of drugs and alcohol on communities;
• Supporting those with mental health issues, including those with learning difficulties, who come into contact with the Criminal Justice System, as victim or offender, to get the right support, from the right agencies at the right time;
• Working with young people, including those who have been either victims of crime or offenders, to understand their needs and prevent them becoming involved in criminal activities;
• Working with the Constabulary to develop the policing family to be more representative of the diverse communities it serves
• Working with the Constabulary and partners to maximise the opportunities from developments in technology
The cost of policing in Derbyshire in 2016/2017 is approximately £162million. About two thirds of this is funded by Government grant and roughly one third is from Council Tax. The Chancellor made a Comprehensive Spending Review promise not to reduce overall police funding however, this only works if I increase the policing element of the council tax by 2%. This will lead to a standstill budget that has to accommodate new costs such as the increase to national insurance of £3million. The Chief Constable and I have been working hard to balance the budget, to identify savings to reallocate to areas of high policing risk and to enable police officer recruitment to continue. I therefore, reluctantly, intend to increase the police precept element of Council Tax in line with the expectations of the Chancellor of the Exchequer at 2%. A 2% increase in Council Tax would raise about £1million per year and cost an extra £3.47 for band D properties. To put this into context £1million is what it costs to pay for approximately 20-25 Police Officers. With this in mind any reduction or freeze in Council Tax would decrease the numbers of police officers and impact the level of service provided.