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Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Bulletin - Issue 1

20 September 2019

A word from APCC Chair Katy Bourne

Yesterday I had my first introductory meeting with the Home Secretary. We discussed topical policing issues including, the importance of championing police officer welfare and the forthcoming uplift of 20,000 police officers. I think it is essential during this turning point in policing that the public’s voice remains heard. We talked about opportunities for PCCs to speak more to the public locally and nationally, seeking public opinion on issues like police officer safety, the use of tasers and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Home Secretary expressed interest in this proposal. PCCs recognise that the voice of victims must echo throughout the criminal justice system and I know that we are all working closely with our partners to ensure this happens. I’m pleased to say that the Home Secretary is also committed to putting victims’ interests first and ensuring better justice outcomes.

Recruitment of 20,000 officers will make a real difference to communities

Police and Crime Commissioners welcomed the Home Office campaign launching the recruitment of 20,000 new officers across England and Wales. Recruitment will take place over the next three years supported by a new national policing board, chaired by the Home Secretary and made up of key police leaders including the Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Following the Campaign launch APCC Chair Katy Bourne OBE said: “These extra officers will help our police forces to cut crime and provide better outcomes for victims and PCCs look forward to working with partners to ensure the successful recruitment of these new officers in our communities."

PCCs welcome funding in Chancellor's Spending Round

The Chancellor’s Spending Round Statement delivered encouraging news for policing and the public setting out how the Government will provide an additional £750m next year to recruit and increase the number of police officers, with £45m committed now to ensure that much needed recruitment can start immediately.

APCC Finance Lead, Roger Hirst PFCC said: “This funding is welcome because demand on police services is increasing, whether that be from drug crimes, the internet, or new crimes defined by the government. There is now a huge opportunity for policing to deliver more for the public, providing safer communities and better outcomes for victims."

APCC Deputy Finance Lead, Paddy Tipping PCC said: “This is an excellent announcement that provides much needed new investment for the police. We will work closely with the Home Office to deliver 6,000 new officers by 31 March 2021. Residents want to see a more visible presence on our streets and PCCs are working on the case.”

PCCs concerned for future of domestic abuse legislation

APCC Victims Leads have lead calls on Government to reintroduce the Domestic Abuse Bill at the earliest opportunity in the next Parliament. The landmark legislation is an important and necessary step to better protect victims of domestic abuse and bring the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes to justice. PCCs are responsible for commissioning victims services locally and tackling domestic abuse is a key priority. Measures brought forward in the Bill would better equip PCCs and the wider criminal justice system to support victims.

PCCs have welcomed the appointment of Nicole Jacobs this week as the first Domestic Abuse Commissioner. Her appointment underlines just how critical it is that the Government re-introduces the Domestic Abuse Bill, without any changes to the statutory powers it currently contains. Until this is done the role of Domestic Abuse Commissioner will have neither statutory basis nor formal powers. PCCs will continue to press for the early reintroduction of the Bill.

North Wales PCC steps up crackdown on knife crime

North Wales PCC Arfon Jones is stepping up the crackdown against knife crime with the purchase of hand-held metal detectors for use by pub and club door staff. The rollout of the equipment was announced to coincide with Operation Sceptre, the national campaign to reduce knife crime between September 16 and 22. As part of the campaign amnesty bins will be placed in police stations and recycling centres across North Wales so that knives can be disposed of safely.

Speaking about the new equipment Arfon Jones said: “I thought it was important to fund the metal detecting scanners because it reassures the public. It means you can go to a pub or a club for a drink or a meal safe in the knowledge that it’s safe.”

The commissioner has also funded an interactive display at DangerPoint safety education centre and has committed to setting up a Youth Commission to give young people the chance to raise fears about their safety.

Bleed Control Kits rolled out across the West Midlands

The West Midlands PCC has put in place funding to expand the initiative to have 400 Bleed Control Kits distributed across the region.

A Bleed Control Kit can help save precious time until paramedics arrive at the scene and prevent bleeding leading to a fatality and funding will ensure these life-saving packs are made available across the whole of the West Midlands.

PCC David Jamieson said: “Violent crime has been rising across the country and here in the West Midlands we are not immune. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in knife crime, rising from 1,566 incidents in 2012 to 2,900 in 2018. If the roll out of these kits can help just one person, they will have proved a resounding success.”
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