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Commissioner's first Police and Crime Plan on its way

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping's proposed five-year Police and Crime Plan for Nottinghamshire is to be put before members of the Police and Crime Panel later today - for their consideration prior to a formal meeting next Tuesday.

The plan is one of the fundamental elements of the Commissioner's role. Its content - and the resources required to deliver it - is closely linked to the budget for 2013-14 and the amount of council tax paid towards policing by local people. Proposals for the precept and budget will go to the Police and Crime Panel for approval on 6 February.

Mr Tipping commented: "The budget is obviously a key element of my Police and Crime Plan as I have to be able to pay for what want to do. I have discussed my proposals with Chief Constable Chris Eyre and other partners and I'm confident that I can meet the pledges I made when I was elected."

Those pledges - reflected in the plan - are: 

  • Campaign against Government funding cuts to Nottinghamshire's Police budget.
  • Improve Community Policing across Nottinghamshire by taking on 150 extra Police Officers and 100 Police Community Safety Officers.
  • Reduce antisocial behaviour by 50%.
  • Give extra priority and resources to domestic violence and crimes against girls and women.
  • Ensure that the victims of crime are treated as people, not cases, and properly fund victim support.
  • Be fair, honest and protect tax-payers' money. 

"It has always been my intention to be very much the People's Commissioner, and a crucial part of that is my commitment to tackling those areas most in need," Mr Tipping said. "While drawing up the plan I listened carefully to the views and experiences of the people of Nottinghamshire and I've tried hard to reflect their concerns.

"My aim is to reduce crime and the number of victims in our county - and an important role of our communities is to tell me what they think. I want to give victims and citizens a bigger voice in policing to achieve a safer Nottinghamshire - this is one of the key workstreams for my Deputy Chris Cutland, who has worked with me closely during the development of the plan."

Copies of his proposed Police and Crime Plan have been sent to members in advance of the meeting next week. The draft plan will also be shared more widely with other partners and community groups to elicit their views. Mr Tipping hopes to meet the panel again before the Plan's publication at the end of March for final approval. This can, however, be refreshed or completely rewritten during the five-year period it covers.

The plan sets out the Commissioner's intentions for people and communities to feel safe and to have trust and confidence in value for money, high quality policing services delivered by Nottinghamshire Police and their community safety and criminal justice partners.

Keen to make maximum use of partnership working in many areas, Mr Tipping includes in these a number of vulnerable groups which he feels will greatly benefit from joint targeted working. These include the most vulnerable age group (18-25) that accounts for nearly 30 per cent of all domestic violence offences and incidents. He also plans to work with partners on reducing high youth crime rates in Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood and Mansfield, and Broxtowe.

The Commissioner has identified seven priority areas in his plan, and urges members of the public to let him have their opinions on these by filling in the online survey on his website before the end of January.

He has drawn up detailed schemes to enable him to fulfil his priorities. Just a few of his plans for these are:

To protect, support, and respond to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people: his plans include protection and support for repeat victims of domestic abuse, ensuring Stop and Search transparency and proportionality, and targeted joint working to tackle racist and disability hate crime.

To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process: he plans to improve the effectiveness and support of victims and witnesses, and develop opportunities to involve victims of antisocial behaviour and crime in neighbourhood justice.

To focus on those local areas that are most affected by crime and antisocial behaviour: he intends to improve public transport safety and introduce with partners a safer Cab Scheme, continue to support partnership working on high impact neighbourhoods, and pursue zero tolerance to violence.

To reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol on levels of crime and antisocial behaviour: the Commissioner wants better alignment of partnership budgets to reduce alcohol and drug misuse. He wants to improve drug and alcohol treatment and assessment in custody, prisons and the community, and ensure the robust enforcement of licensing conditions of pubs and clubs causing the most concerns.

To reduce the threat from organised crime: Mr Tipping favours partnership working to manage the national threat assessment and meet the Strategic Policing Requirement for cyber crime, terrorism, public order and civil emergencies. He seeks to ensure neighbourhoods are free from organised crime, and wants assets to be confiscated and seized to ensure no one profits from crime.

To achieve prevention, early intervention and reduction in reoffending: he wants to work in partnership to address the mental health needs of offenders and the impact of substance misuse and alcohol. His plans also include actively managing dangerous sex and violent offenders through MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) to reduce the threat to communities, and early intervention to provide support to complex, troubled families.

In spending taxpayers' money wisely, the Commissioner intends to create a partnership fund and provide resources to local communities to help resolve local problems and concerns. He aims to achieve greater financial savings from regional collaboration between forces, and to improve the recruitment, retention and progression of black and minority ethnic communities and other officers and staff to reflect the local community.

Anyone wanting to share their views on Mr Tipping's priority areas or any other crime reduction issues can email their thoughts to Karen.sleigh@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or take part in the Commissioner's online survey by the end of January.


Posted on Wednesday 9th January 2013
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