WELCOME FROM THE APCC CHAIR
There is no doubt this winter is going to be a tough one for many people with the threat of the coronavirus hanging over us and curtailing how we socialise with family and friends or indeed with our work colleagues, who we may not physically see for many months.
Last week the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures as part of the Government’s response to coronavirus; including fines of up to £10,000 in England for those who refuse to self-isolate when they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace, and new 10pm curfew for pubs and hospitality venues. We have also seen a swathe of local restrictions in regions across England and Wales. We must all play our part in helping to control the rise in infections, particularly as we approach winter.
PCCs will continue to work with Chief Constables, partners, and local communities to make sure the right support and resources are in place and that the public understand the rules and indeed the consequences if they knowingly flout them. They will also play an active role in making sure the extra funding gets to the parts of policing that need it the most.
The important role PCCs have in supporting their communities was consolidated during my weekly call with the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, who reiterated his commitment to working closely with PCCs around Covid-19 issues and more widely.
This week, the APCC has published its 2020-2022 Business Plan, which sets out the organisation’s priorities and key deliverables over the next two years. More information on this is available in the ‘News Update’ section below.
Finally, I know that you all share my shock and sadness at the senseless death of Sergeant Matiu Ratana in a Croydon Custody Centre, last Friday. It was another tragic reminder of the risks police officers take on a daily basis to keep communities safe. One glance at the hundreds of tributes from those who knew Matiu only adds to the feeling that he will have left a huge gap in the communities he served. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.
Paddy Tipping (APCC Chair and Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)
APCC Business Plan 2020-2022
The new APCC Business Plan sets out our priorities and key deliverables over the next two years.
Developed in close consultation with our membership and in discussion with partners, it is an ambitious plan reflecting the issues and priorities that we know are of greatest importance to our communities.
Our new delivery structure ensures we are better able to deliver against our key priorities: excellence in policing and safer communities, alongside providing a national voice for PCCs, victims and the public.
Download your copy here: https://bit.ly/2GevH7z
To find out more about the work of the APCC’s various portfolios, please visit ‘Our Work’ webpages where you can find useful resources and contact information for our policy leads.
Survey shows overwhelming support for higher speeding fines and greater investment in road safety
The national APCC Roads Enforcement and Safety survey ended yesterday, receiving an impressive 66,266 responses, with more than half (56%) showing that they saw road traffic offences on a daily basis.
Full analysis of the responses is currently underway however some significant trends are already emerging. For instance, seven out of ten of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that fixed penalty notices for road traffic offences like speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt (currently £100) should be increased in line with other serious offences like driving while using a handheld mobile phone (currently £200). Also 88% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that some of the money raised through fixed penalty notices should be reinvested into enforcement and road safety measures to deny criminals the use of the roads.
The survey, the largest ever conducted by the APCC, will be used to influence a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on roads policing which closes on Monday (October 5).
The full results can be found on the APCC website at www.apccs.police.uk.
Response to Modern Day Slavery Annual Report 2019-20
In September, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, published her Annual Report for 2019-2020. Read the full report here.
National APCC Lead on Modern Slavery, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, noted that whilst there is encouraging engagement in response to this issue, modern slavery remains a very real and ongoing threat to our communities. Moreover, in order to build the necessary resilience to tackle this type of crime, it is right that the report focuses heavily on the need for collaboration between key stakeholders, businesses, organisations and the public.
Mark Burns-Williamson also chairs the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network which includes other PCCs and key stakeholders. The network has been made aware of the ongoing low rates of use of offences and prosecutions under the Modern Slavery Act, and it has been suggested that Local Criminal Justice Boards, chaired by PCCs, could effect more positive outcomes in this area.
Read the full APCC response here.
PCCS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
‘Fighting Crime, Preventing Crime’ survey launched by PCC Kim McGuinness
Yesterday (1 October) PCC Kim McGuiness launched a public survey, the findings of which will be used to inform the strategic policing priorities, aims and objectives in the next Northumbria Police and Crime Plan.
PCCs speak on behalf of the public to police forces, and as such it is essential that the public's views are reflected in these plans. People from all walks of life and from the different communities have been invited to complete the survey and highlight the issues which really matter to them.
Furthermore, to ensure wider engagement, PCC Kim McGuiness is awaiting the green light to take a bus to meet local people out in the open, touring the entire region and speaking to as many people as possible with social distancing maintained and face masks at the ready.
Police van becomes food delivery truck for just £1
Gloucestershire Food Bank has been provided with a new food delivery van by Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The food bank has seen an enormous rise in demand during lockdown and accommodated drastic operating changes, including a switch from in-person pickups to contactless deliveries, completed by volunteers in their own cars.
Following a volunteering visit to the charity in 2019, Chief Constable Rod Hansen noted how the charity was struggling to get food to the people who needed it. That need only became more essential during 2020 as the pandemic took hold. Following a discussion with PCC Martin Surl, it was decided that a vehicle from the force’s fleet would be sold to the food bank for a reasonable price - £1.
Partnership tackling serious and organised crime in Newport recognised with award
The Newport Serious and Organised Crime Partnership between Gwent Police, Newport City Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent has been commended by PCC Jeff Cuthbert as part of the Gwent Police awards 2020.
The partnership brings together partners from policing, the public sector and third sector organisations to deliver interventions to vulnerable young people who are at risk from being drawn into serious and organised crime. Furthermore, the team are working with organisations such as the St Giles Trust, Crimestoppers and Barnardo’s to deliver a programme that educates young people about the risk of serious and organised crime, and encourages them to report their concerns to all nine secondary schools in Newport.
Bedfordshire's VERU to head up first ever prison-community initiative for HMP Bedford
Bedfordshire’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU), funded by PCC Kathryn Holloway, is the flagship partnership for the county aimed at tackling the root causes of serious violence. The VERU has launched a new initiative working with HMP Bedford – a first of its kind.
The VERU Phoenix Project will be aimed at those under the age of 25, focusing on breaking the cycle of repeat offending by offering young adults a range of support services and educational opportunities which will help them to return to their communities and bring about a positive and lasting change.
The programme will involve a partnership approach from the VERU, HMP Bedford and the national charity, Young Enterprise (YE), which specialises in boosting employability and financial education skills.