Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has contributed to a new book exploring the main achievements and policies of Labour PCCs.
Lessons from Light: Lessons from Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioners is published by the Fabian Society, Britain’s oldest think tank, and features an account from each of the 13 Labour PCCs of their experiences as the new governors of British policing.
The book, which has been edited by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, gives an insight into the role and responsibilities of PCCs and looks at their different approaches and priorities for fighting crime as well as any significant achievements. It also looks at the challenges they have faced in the 18 months since being elected, particularly around budget pressures and financial constraints.
In his own essay, Commissioner Tipping discusses the innovative policies he has implemented to reduce alcohol related crime and dependency. He argues that ‘prevention over cure’ is a strategy all criminal justice agencies and partners should adopt in order to drive forward permanent change in offending and addiction patterns. The road to long-term recovery lies in addressing the reasons why people seek solace in alcohol and tackling the issues collectively with partners rather than independently, he says.
“In Nottinghamshire, we have shaken off the idea that alcohol crime is only a police issue. Our partners are all facing the same pressures on their funds and resources as a result of alcohol misuse and share a common interest to reduce it,” he writes.
“How we might progress from good intentions to resolute action is through passion, discussion and partnership working, and this is something that has very much coloured our efforts to reduce alcohol crime in Nottinghamshire.”
Commenting on the new publication, Commissioner Tipping said: “As Commissioners, we’ve been at the receiving end of public funding cuts and are starting to come out the other side thanks to fresh thinking and new ways of delivering more for less.
“While we all have our unique ideas and achievements, we’re united by our goal to improve the public’s experience of local policing, maximise their safety and use the money they contribute through council tax as productively as possible.
This is a brand new role. Nevertheless the volume of work we’ve undertaken in the past 18 months and our hands-on experience has been immensely valuable and will no doubt provide food for thought as the party considers its future stance on policing in preparation for the next General Election.”
In his essay, Commissioner Tipping discusses the launch of his new alcohol strategy which gives life to his ‘prevention over cure’ concept. He reveals how the partnership approach in Nottinghamshire embraces all sides of the problem including the expansion of treatment and support services through to tougher enforcement and early intervention and education.
“In the future, we will all jointly support each other to lessen the impact of problem drinking on the health service, public safety, individuals, families and local taxpayers while also protecting the prosperity of the night-time economy,” he adds. “For this to be successful, we recognise a need to improve information-sharing and I’m pleased to say that this is already underway.”
The Fabian Policy Report is available via http://www.fabians.org.uk/publications/letting-in-the-light/.
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Posted on Tuesday 12th August 2014