Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping launched his first Police and Crime Plan for Nottinghamshire today (Thursday March 28).
It marked the beginning of a new era in policing, with the views of the people playing an increasingly major role in shaping what is needed to achieve a safer future.
Mr Tipping launched his Plan at Mansfield Town Football Club before an audience of guests from criminal justice and community safety partnerships across the county – a potent gathering of people whose skills and knowledge help communities to both feel and be safe.
Mr Tipping was joined by Chief Constable Chris Eyre and Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton. Speakers included the Chair of Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), Ruth Marlow, Dave Walker, Head of Community Cohesion, Nottingham City Council and Mansfield South Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Williams.
Guests included representatives of criminal justice and community safety partners, volunteer, health, business and community organisations, unions and local authorities. There was a number of displays featuring work carried out within Mansfield’s Ravensdale area to prevent and reduce crime and a demonstration from parents and children plus members of the Holocaust Centre involved in the 'In our Hands' project.
In his address, Mr Tipping outlined his ambitions, election pledges and priorities for action to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and ensure fairer treatment for victims and citizens.
At the heart of his plans are the views and experiences of victims and citizens who, together with partners across the county, have told him what help and improvements they want to see. He is determined to give residents and businesses a bigger voice in policing to lead to safer communities, improved trust and confidence in policing and value for money services.
The Commissioner said: “This is a pretty significant milestone. Since taking up office I have been focussed on the development of my first Police and Crime Plan, which has included talking to over 7000 people to garner their views and make sure that it reflects the things that matter most to people in terms of community safety. I promised to be the People’s Commissioner and I meant it.
“The Plan has been shared with partners throughout every stage and it is these same partners who will now help to deliver it. Working together, we will tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, we will cut reoffending, we will deter people from entering the criminal justice system in the first place and we will make our communities safer.”
Ruth Marlow, Chair of MPAC, was “delighted” that the Commissioner had chosen Mansfield for the launch. “We have a long history of partnership working in Mansfield and we are proud of what we have achieved,” she said.
She spoke of MPAC’s efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and described work undertaken in the Ravensdale area as “particularly impressive.”
The Commissioner, she said, was “no stranger to Mansfield, and I thank him for his continued financial support to improve community safety at a local level.”
The event included presentations telling the stories of inspirational and successful crime reduction and community projects. Dave Walker, Head of Community Cohesion at Nottingham City Council, was invited to talk about Vanguard Plus and the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.
Ruth Marlow commented: “It is important that we work across boundaries and I believe that the Commissioner has an important role in facilitating work and learning between areas.”
Insp Neil Williams explained the work of MPAC in the Ravensdale area, highlighting projects displayed at the event. And a performance from parents and children with members of the Holocaust Centre involved physically building a bridge across the conference room.
During the event, guests were able to meet the Commissioner, speak with project leaders and review displays from people, groups and organisations who have worked in Ravensdale, helping to achieve significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour.
The displays included:
- Mansfield Partnership Against Crime: its work, membership and key achievements.
- Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum: showcasing its Healthy Relationships courses as delivered in secondary schools in the area.
- Safer Neighbourhood Committee: with photographs of achievements and work in progress.
- ‘In Our Hands’ Localities Project: a visual recreation of the ‘building bridges’ performance on Holocaust memorial day at the Holocaust Centre. The display also involved children and parents from the four primary schools involved in the project.
- Youth Activities: all about reducing anti-social behaviour through providing and leading activities for young people.
- Beat Team Enforcement Activities: featuringa dispersal zone with some feedback on results, different types of alcohol seized from youngsters, crime prevention messages that have been distributed on the area, links with the housing team and information about Neighbourhood Alert and Neighbourhood surveys.
- Other displays involved a Christmas Card competition with a calendar and 'My Mansfield' articles, Widening the Net, and Environmental Improvement Scans with ‘before and after’ photographs., and with ‘before and after’ photographs.
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Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013