Posted: Monday 16th June 2014
By the nature of my job I’m in the fortunate position of being able to meet new people every day to find out what it is they like and dislike about local policing. There are times when much wider reach is needed, when key plans or strategies are on the table, and this requires a more formal engagement process for collecting and recording public feeling. One such occasion is the latest phase of our estates strategy in which we are proposing changes to the way we deliver our front counter services to increase efficiency and value for money. Understandably, any plans to change the way the public accesses police services is likely to cause concern. This is why it’s very important that we provide a platform for you to respond to these proposals and that we give your comments our attention.
As it is, there are no plans to withdraw a policing presence from any of our communities or abandon the public to save money. We are simply looking at how we can reorganise ourselves more effectively to deliver a better service to residents and maximise the use of public funds.
Throughout June we will be asking our communities for specific feedback on our plans to create a multi-agency hub at Sir John Robinson House and open a brand new community police station in Carlton. The new multi-agency hub will be shared with Gedling Borough Council’s community protection team and Nottinghamshire County Council while Arnold and Carlton police stations will be sold. A new community police station in Carlton would then be created as a base for neighbourhood policing, response and investigation teams while Oxclose Lane and Bulwell police station will be refurbished to improve their current facilities.
The thinking behind these proposals is to enhance our police presence and increase access to our services while also modernising our approach to take into account changes in the way people contact the police. Public safety is the utmost priority of every Commissioner and any changes that we are considering will continue to offer the same level of protection to residents. I’m in the process of consulting community representatives and would urge any member of the public with a view on our plans to visit the website or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a similar theme, I will be presenting my Annual Report to the Police and Crime Panel for their consideration. The Annual Report measures performance in 2013-14 against the priorities I set out in my Police and Crime Panel and is very much a public-owned document designed to allow you to scrutinise the progress that has been made according to the promises I set out following my election. The report highlights the year’s successes and the significant improvements that have been made in relation to prevention and education work which in my view are critical to the future safety of Nottinghamshire. The report will be available for wider consumption as soon as the Panel has formally responded to its contents.
Last week was Hate Crime Awareness Week which sought to increase national understanding of hate crime so that more vulnerable victims come forward. I strongly support this ambition. I’m deeply committed to supporting victims of all crime, but particularly those people whose terrible experiences have been motivated by prejudice, hate or intolerance of any kind. Hate crime impacts not only on individuals but also wider society by undermining effective social integration and breeding community tensions. We take the issue of hate crime very seriously in Nottinghamshire and one of the motives behind the BME project I commissioned last year was to understand how policing can better meet the needs of victims of hate crime. Our own work in this area is continuing but Hate Crime Awareness Week helps to keep this important issue in the national spotlight.