One year into his four year Police and Crime Plan, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is consulting the people of Nottinghamshire from this week to ensure that both his plan and budget reflect their views and expectations.
“I said from the outset that my plan was not written in stone, and I now want to refresh it where necessary,” said Mr Tipping. “By continuing to consult victims and citizens I can stay in tune with their policing and community needs. I depend enormously on public opinion to ensure that we get it right – and that can sometimes mean keeping our residents safe from crime by moving the goal posts.”
From today (10 Dec) residents, community groups, business organisations and victims of crime will be able to take part in the Commissioner’s online survey. A City Council and County Council household survey will also ask the same questions.
“In addition, we will be holding focus groups and inviting community representatives to take part in stakeholder forums in January,” the Commissioner said. “We want to ensure that we capture views everywhere, which is why my Deputy Chris Cutland and I will be personally visiting black and minority ethnic (BME) and women’s groups to find out what they think.”
Questions being asked include the rate of importance respondents give to the Police and Crime Plan’s seven priorities; whether they would be prepared to continue their support by paying a little more towards policing; and where they feel further savings should be made.
“We want to know if the priorities are still relevant to them, what they want us to focus on and are they prepared to invest more in policing through a small increase in the amount of council tax that is paid towards policing,” Mr Tipping explained.
The increase proposed would be 1.96%, which means that for the majority of households across the city and the county, this will be less than a penny a day. It would see the amount paid towards policing for those living in a Band A household rise by £2.22, a Band B household by £2.59 and would take the Band D rate from £169.65 to £172.98, an increase of £3.33.
He went on to say: “When we did our budget consultation last year, road safety issues such as parking, speeding and cycling were raised as a major concern and that was reiterated at meetings I’ve held throughout the year, so I’m interested in people’s comments on their key priorities.
“Financing our policing service continues to be a challenge as we need to save £11.8m in 2014/15 and another £10.8m in 2015/16,” he pointed out. “This means that it is even more vital that we spend our taxpayers’ money wisely. With that in mind, we need to know where they want us to spend any savings that are achieved by making efficiencies in some areas.”
The Commissioner developed his plan’s seven priorities by consulting with and listening to people who live and work in the county. They are to:
- Protect, support and respond to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people
- Improve the efficiency, accessibility and effectiveness of criminal justice processes
- Focus on those local areas that are most affected by crime and antisocial behaviour
- Reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol on crime and antisocial behaviour
- Reduce the threat from organised crime
- Prevent offending, early intervention and reduce reoffending
- Spend your money wisely.
To access the online survey, which will close at the end of January, click on this link: http://goo.gl/3TvAAZ or visit the website at www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk. Anyone who does not receive the household survey but would like a hard copy can contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall, West Bridgford NG2 7QP, 0115 967 0999 ex 801 2005, or email email@example.com
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Posted on Tuesday 10th December 2013