Looking back on two years in office, Commissioner links today’s better policing to listening to the public
Changes made in policing Nottinghamshire over the past two years are changes for the better, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said today.
With the two-year anniversary of his time in office fast approaching, (Saturday, November 22) he spoke of “communities being at the core of local policing.” He highlighted how listening to what they tell him has helped to guide his partnership approach to reducing crime, providing better support for victims and making improvements in how the county is policed – despite the serious financial challenges imposed on the force.
“While we have limited powers to reverse our funding situation, there has been no let-up in our determination to utilise our available assets in the best possible way for the public,” he said.
Talking with members of the public, canvassing their views and priorities and commissioning research have all helped him make key decisions in changing the way policing is delivered –and in the way that residents want. “As I promised, I’ve recruited 120 extra police officers and 75 PCSOs to increase our visibility in communities and tackle low level crime and anti-social behaviour. I’ve also helped to release capital funds by using our buildings more effectively and supported further joint working schemes with partners and our regional colleagues to improve efficiency and achieve savings.”
He went on: “Careful spending and appropriate use of our resources has allowed us to deliver £3.6m this year to local partnerships to improve community safety and victims’ services.”
His aims are not just to reduce crime but to prevent crime in the first place. Supported by his Deputy, Chris Cutland, significant contributions have been made in setting plans for improvements in policing, the BME experience of policing, domestic violence services, mental health issues and support for those in the grip of alcohol addiction. The Commissioner has also more recently reviewed partners’ approach to reducing crime in neighbourhoods.
He added: "I’m very much looking forward to the coming 12 months when we can really start to build on the foundations we’ve put in place.” With victims remaining at the centre of everything he does, he is also preparing to take over responsibility for commissioning local victims services later this year.
Mr Tipping expects the continuing funding problems to make it just as tough in the coming year to spread the ever-shrinking budget. “There will, however, be more support for those who need it, more advanced partnership working to make the best use of resources and expertise, and the unfaltering commitment of our police officers, police staff and police volunteers who have the practical job of keeping our streets safe and crime-free,” he said.
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Posted on Friday 21st November 2014