Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to unveil his refreshed Police and Crime Plan next week outlining the new priorities he will tackle to improve public safety.
The updated Plan will be presented to the Strategic Resources and Performance meeting on Tuesday (March 31) to highlight the areas of criminality and policing which will take precedence throughout the next four years.
The Police and Crime Plan is revisited every year to ensure it reflects public concerns and takes into account changing patterns of offending and risk.
During the past 12 months, Commissioner Tipping has undertaken extensive public engagement work capturing the views of more than 4,000 local residents. This feedback has influenced key crime decisions throughout the year and now forms the basis for the Commissioner’s revised Police and Crime Plan.
Due to strong public support, ‘prevention’ work is to be instrumental to future safety projects under the Plan.
The Commissioner has pledged to improve training to allow professionals to identify more easily individuals at risk of harm and channel referrals early so vulnerable people receive the help they need quickly. This will involve close working with partners in health and education to improve safeguarding processes and prevent demand for blue light services.
The Plan also aims to improve the response to hidden and underreported crimes such as domestic violence, forced marriage, hate crime, sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation. This area was highlighted as an emerging risk within the recent Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Needs Assessment (NPCNA) for 2014 – a document drawn up by police, local partners and key stakeholders to identify new threats that need to be addressed.
The Commissioner aims to enhance safeguarding processes and improve the support mechanisms in place to encourage more victims to come forward and report their experiences.
Other key areas to be prioritised in the updated Police and Crime Plan are rural crime and cybercrime, both of which have been identified as key threats to public safety. The Commissioner has pledged to improve the response to online criminality by maximising technology to keep on top of the threat. He is also keen to address lower levels of confidence among the rural community about local policing by improving visibility and developing community-based crime prevention systems.
Commenting on the updated Plan, Commissioner Tipping said: “This Plan is every bit as ambitious as previous years, despite the continuing difficult financial situation. Our budget this year has seen a further £11m reduction which means it is becoming increasingly difficult to improve our effectiveness.
“We must respond to demand on a risk basis hence our remodeling of the way we deliver local policing. Protecting vulnerable victims and those at risk of serious harm continues to be the core focus of our work and in the months ahead we will be enhancing our support services so that victims feel more confident to report their experiences. As well as allocating more officers to our public protection department this year, we will also ensure that professionals in contact with vulnerable people who are at risk of harm are trained to take safeguarding action at the first opportunity.”
The Commissioner’s Plan will be presented at the Strategic Resources and Performance meeting at 11.30am on Tuesday (March 31) at County Hall. The public are welcome to attend.
The revised Plan is available at: www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk
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Posted on Friday 27th March 2015