Welcome from the APCC Chair
It is a tremendous honour for me to be elected as Chair of the APCC and to lead the organisation over the next 12 months. We need to drive positive change in policing and the decisions and action we take now will be vital for building trust and shaping policing in the future.
We have welcomed the review into the PCC model announced by the Home Office this week. This is an opportunity to reflect on the learning since the role was created and to help shape and develop it moving forward. You can learn more about the review here.
PCCs have brought increased transparency and direct democratic accountability to policing, giving the public a voice and changing the culture to put the needs of victims at its core.
All PCCs are committed to reducing crime and keeping our communities safe and welcome the opportunity to increase the visibility and public awareness of the role.
Paddy Tipping (Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)
PCC Alison Hernandez convenes a Roundtable on Road Safety
One week on from the publication of the HMICFRS Thematic Inspection into Roads Policing: Not Optional, the APCC Road Safety and Roads Policing Portfolio hosted a virtual Roundtable to discuss recent developments and emerging issues relating to roads safety.
There was broad acknowledgement about the importance of addressing road safety and PCCs will continue to engage with the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, communicating their local experiences of this issue.
Moreover, Alison Hernandez, as the APCC’s representative on the Roads Policing Review Board, shall be working with the National Police Chiefs Council, Department for Transport and Home Office to oversee the comprehensive review of road traffic enforcement which is currently underway.
Read the APCC response to the HMICFRS report here.
PCC welcomes next stage of review into drugs misuse in the UK
The APCC’s national lead for Drugs and Alcohol and Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa welcomed the latest phase of a national review into the misuse of illegal drugs in England.
Mr Dhindsa, who contributed evidence to the first phase of the review, said too many lives and communities were being destroyed by illegal drugs and welcomed further research into how treatment services can help those with drug dependency achieve and sustain their recovery.
The PCC is expected to be involved in the second phase of the of independent review being led by Professor Dame Carol Black, which will consider the provision of treatment and recovery services for drug users as well as focus on how to prevent the misuse of drugs among adults and young people.
Read the full statement here.
Making best use of taxpayers’ money
Matthew Scott, Bluelight Commercial Board Chair and PCC for Kent, provided an update on the work of Bluelight Commercial, an organization funded by PCCs to increase overall commercial capability within policing, maximising benefits to the frontline and ensuring that issues of duplication across procurement departments are addressed.
While the spotlight this summer has been on policing the pandemic, work to achieve longer-term ambitions and transformation continues behind the scenes. This includes delivering efficiency savings for policing, thus making the best use of taxpayers’ money. To date, some £81.2m of cashable procurement savings have been delivered for policing.
Bluelight Commercial was launched in June 2020 and looks to implement a cultural transformation programme and provide a single voice to the supplier market, ensuring the police get the best quality products and services.
Read the full blog post here.
PCCs Making a Difference
Less than 10% of all business crime reported to police
Last Friday Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne convened another meeting of her Safer Sussex Business Partnership to identify easier ways for businesses to report crime.
This meeting included senior officers from Sussex Police, business crime experts, representatives from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op as well as representatives of smaller, local stores, business crime reduction partnerships and Mitie.
It was revealed that business crime across Sussex, as across the whole country, is significantly under reported and a recent analysis conducted locally with a large national chain revealed less than 10% of all their incidents were reported to Sussex Police.
It was recognised that there are currently too many barriers to reporting crime for local businesses - including the time spent reporting crimes and the misconception that financial thresholds exist and influence what crimes police will investigate.
Katy Bourne is now the APCC Lead on the newly established Retail and Business Crime Portfolio and hopes to raise awareness and share good practice amongst Police and Crime Commissioners.
Partnership welcomes innovative coordinator role to reduce reoffending at HMP Eastwood Park
A pioneering new role to support women leaving prison is being spearheaded by the South West Reducing Reoffending Partnership, chaired by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
The year-long pilot aims to improve the future of women released from HMP Eastwood Park and reduce the likelihood that they will reoffend. The initiative is funded by the Partnership which is made up of a range of criminal justice partners including the regional PCCs, Ministry of Justice, National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Company, NHS, Public Health, the voluntary sector, prison representatives, Police, Youth Justice Board and the Department of Work and Pensions.
The project will ensure the women engage with support services in the community, connect with potential employers or training opportunities and assist them in securing accommodation on release from prison. These are all key factors to reducing reoffending.
Greater Manchester launches online resource to protect young people
Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester has supported the launch of an online Home Learning Resource aimed at protecting nine to eleven-year-old children from abuse and exploitation.
Developed by local theatre company GW Theatre, Mr Shapeshifter is a modern fairy tale about the way some adults abuse the trust of children and how children can work together and with trusted adults to protect themselves.
In response to the pandemic and closure of schools, an online Home Learning Resource has been developed.
Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said: “Sexual exploitation and abuse of children is abhorrent. Children have the right to be protected from harm and it is important that they learn when the behaviour of another person is wrong.
“The Mr Shapeshifter play and new online resources are a really helpful way to help children learn about children about these issues and the interactive basis means that it is done in a way they can understand and which involves their parents and carers.
“I am pleased to continue supporting this key piece of work to protect our young people from serious issues such as child sexual exploitation as we all work through COVID-19 together.”
Cambs Youth Panel secures laptops for young people during lockdown
A panel of young people formed three years ago in East Cambridgeshire to forge stronger relationships within their communities has been working tirelessly throughout lockdown to secure laptops for young people to continue their studies.
To date, Cambs Youth Panel has raised and spent £30,000 on computing equipment for young people in Cambridgeshire and across England. They estimate that they will have distributed over 600 devices by the end of their latest round of deliveries.
Established in June 2016 with support from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the youth panel meets on a monthly basis to advise Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the Acting Commissioner and Cambridge City Council on a number of emerging issues for young people across the county.
Surrey builds more refuge accommodation for families escaping domestic abuse
A partnership between Surrey County Council and other organisations including the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Surrey have worked at pace with partners to provide more emergency refuge accommodation for families escaping domestic abuse.
Over the course of six weeks, the partnership identified an unused property in the county and developed it into extra refuge capacity. The building will provide space for seven families, with the scope to increase this up to eighteen families in the future.