Preventing Crime & Building Partnerships

The APCC supports PCCs to develop prevention initiatives that can reduce crime and the number of victims. The Association also supports PCCs in their work with local partners in areas relating to vulnerability such as social care, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, and police custody. Furthermore, the APCC has established portfolio activities relating to high volume and high harm areas of crime and policing including serious violence, anti-social behaviour, road safety and business and retail crime.

We also provide dedicated advice and support to PCCs who take on governance responsibilities for Fire and Rescue Services.

Our priorities for prevention and partnerships are to support PCCs to:

  • Lead prevention work locally, guided by a growing evidence base of what works and working with local partners to address community concerns.
  • Collaborate with partners to address vulnerability and support those with complex needs, including those with addiction and mental health concerns, and reducing the non-crime demands on policing.
  • To support PCC led collaboration with emergency services and to progress Commissioner’s role in Fire and Rescue Service governance.



The APCC’s work on preventing crime and building partnerships is developed through eight policy portfolios:


Leading our work to develop and implement evidence-based approaches to crime prevention and share good practice.

Lead: Festus Akinbusoye, PCC Bedfordshire

Deputy: Kim McGuinness, PCC Northumbria

Local Policing

Leading our work on neighbourhood and community policing, including anti-social behaviour.

Lead: Alison Hernandez, Devon & Cornwall PCC

Deputy: Jeff Cuthbert, PCC Gwent


Business & Retail Crime

Leading our work to tackle crime against the business and retail community.

Lead: Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC

Deputy: Tim Passmore, PCC Suffolk

Mental Health & Custody

Leading our work on mental health, custody issues and suicide prevention.

Lead: Lisa Townsend, PCC Surrey

Deputy: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

Substance Misuse

Leading our work on addictions and substance misuse.

Joint Lead: Joy Allen, PCC Durham

Joint Lead: David Sidwick, PCC Dorset

Roads Safety & Roads Policing

Leading our work on road safety, including victims of road traffic accidents.

Lead: Alison Hernandez, Devon & Cornwall PCC

Deputy: John Campion, PCC West Mercia

Deputy: Joy Allen, PCC Durham

Emergency Service Collaboration

Leading our work with Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners and emergency service collaboration.

Lead: Philip Allott, PFCC North Yorkshire

Deputy: Joy Allen, PCC Durham


Eddie Smithwick - Senior Policy Manager

Eddie is a Senior Policy Manager leading our work with PCCs to deliver safer communities. This work includes crime prevention, emergency service collaboration, and mental health and custody.

Eddie has previously spent time working at a Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, delivering a range of work around victims’ services, community safety partnerships, and custody visiting, as well as national guidance on police and crime plans. Eddie’s experience is built upon his time working for a Member of Parliament, with a metropolitan police authority and in the civil service (HM Courts and Tribunals).


Will Pryce - Policy and Political Group Manager

Will is the APCC policy lead for local policing and partnerships, which supports PCCs on matters relating to neighbourhood policing. He also manages the road safety and roads policing portfolio, and international and strategic policing, business crime, and rural crime. He additionally provides support to the Conservative PCC group.

Will started his career at the European Parliament, liaising between the UK Government and EU on transport, tourism, business, animal welfare and crime. He was then a campaign manager and advisor for a UK political party during the 2015 and 2017 General and Local Elections. Next he managed public affairs for a large employers’ association, lobbying governments on legislative changes for small businesses, and engaged with a PCC on retail crime and serious violence.


Alex Campbell - Senior Policy Manager

Leads on Serious Organised Crime and Specialist Capabilities, Forensics and Cyber & Fraud and the Serious Violence Portfolio.


Latest News

Recreational abuse of laughing gas is not harmless fun

Addictions and Substance Misuse Leads support move to review the harm causing by nitrous oxide.

New online tool for women and girls to flag unsafe areas to police

Prevention Lead Festus Akinbusoye: "I encourage everyone to use the new StreetSafe tool and make it a success.”

We support any measures which toughen regulations on the importation and breeding of dogs

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne says the public would welcome the chance to have their say on proposed new powers.

Custody is not an appropriate place for people suffering with mental ill health

APCC Mental Health and Custody leads respond to concerns in the media about support for those in crisis.

PCCs call for a new statutory duty requiring agencies to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

APCC Victims Leads respond to the publication today of the Government’s VAWG Strategy

PCCs urge restraint and encourage reporting of anti-social behaviour

APCC Local Policing Leads Alison Hernandez and Jeff Cuthbert speak at the start of Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week

Resources and Publications

reducing-reoffending-in-focus.pdf, 3.78Mb

This report demonstrates how PCCs are ending the revolving door of crime by ensuring those offenders who want to turn their lives around and stay out of prison get the help and support they need to do so.

board-purpose-paper.pdf, 0.24Mb

The APCC has formed links with the Sport and Youth Crime Prevention Board to use the power of sport to prevent vulnerable young people from offending or re-offending. The background and purpose to the Board is outlined here.

Chair: Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC Derbyshire


apcc-briefing-phase-1-mh-c19-final.pdf, 0.24Mb
apcc-road-safety-and-enforcement-survey-september-2020-results-pdf-f.pdf, 0.22Mb
vrus-in-focus-final.pdf, 5.82Mb
alcohol-and-drugs-in-focus-v10-final.pdf, 2.41Mb
use-of-mobile-phones-whilst-driving-apcc-letter-to-minister-june-2020.pdf, 0.16Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-prevention-in-focus.pdf, 2.25Mb
apcc-mh-inquiry-phase-two-report-final.pdf, 0.34Mb