WELCOME FROM THE APCC CHAIR
This is the final issue of the APCC Bulletin in its current form. From December, we will be relaunching the APCC monthly circular with a new, fresh look and new content which we hope you’ll really enjoy. We look forward to launching the new bulletin next month.
Yesterday was Day One of the new four-week national lockdown for England, following the Prime Minister’s announcement. These new restrictions will once again have a huge impact on people’s movements, work, finances, mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the run-up to the festive season. But it is imperative that we all work together to get through this. And we will. Community spirit is strong and I am constantly heartened by the way I see the vast majority of people complying with the restrictions and watching out for each other.
Guidance from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and College of Policing continues to support the message that frontline police officers will engage with the public proportionately, fairly and with common sense, using the 4Es approach of Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce. The APCC continues to work closely with all our national and local partners, including local leaders, to keep our communities safe.
Last month was Black History Month 2020 and to mark this myself and PFCC Julia Mulligan, Joint Chairs of the APCC Race Disparity Working Group, outlined the work the APCC have been doing in response to the killing of George Floyd and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests. This work and that of the NPCC around race disparity were positively recognised by the Home Secretary at the National Policing Board this week. (Read more below).
This week was the funeral of Sergeant Matiu Ratana, who was tragically shot dead in Croydon Custody Centre in September. It is clear that Matiu was a popular, respected and much loved police officer. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues, and friends. Living under the restrictions of a pandemic no doubt makes it even harder for those who are mourning loved ones. We will remember them and all the others who made sacrifices at this year’s Remembrance Sunday and, on that, I would want to say how important it is that we find a way to mark this important and solemn occasion in appropriate, socially-distanced ways. Even in these Covid times, we need to be able to say, “We Will Remember Them”.
Paddy Tipping (APCC Chair and Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)
APCC Impact Report 2019/20
The APCC has launched its Impact Report 2019/20, which demonstrates the breadth of work and impact of the Association against its five business priorities.
If you haven’t done so already, click here to read the full Impact Report and find out:
- How we are continuing to work with PCCs, the NPCC and the Home Office to deliver further efficiencies and improve productivity across policing.
- Our work with the NPCC and the Police ICT Company on a National Digital Policing Strategy.
- Working with policing partners to deliver the Policing Vision 2025.
- How we helped secure £68m that PCCs were able to invest in local victims’ services.
- Continued work with PCCs to develop their role in transforming local criminal justice systems.
- More ‘PCCs Making A Difference’ campaigns, which include a series of ‘In Focus’ digital reports that demonstrate the collaborative and innovative work of PCCs to support victims of crime and reduce reoffending.
- The APCC and NPCC Partnership Summit 2020 – which brought together senior leaders, politicians, experts, and decision-makers to discuss and shape solutions to many complex issues facing law enforcement.
- The work of the APCC Serious Violence portfolio, which helped secure £35m funding for PCC-led Violence Reduction Units in 18 local areas.
Statement from the Joint Chairs of the APCC Race Disparity Working Group
To mark Black History Month 2020, the Joint Chairs of the APCC Race Disparity Working Group, Paddy Tipping (PCC for Nottinghamshire) and Julia Mulligan (PFCC for North Yorkshire), outlined the work the Association have been doing in response to the horrific killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests.
We established our Race Disparity Working Group, bringing key APCC portfolios together to develop our response to issues and concerns in relation to race disparity and disproportionality within policing and the wider criminal justice system.
The Working Group is currently developing an action plan, based on previous reports relating to race disparity, including the Lammy Review on the criminal justice system, and the Angiolini Review on deaths in custody.
The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people in policing and hold the police to account. PCCs also have a key role to play in wider criminal justice and community safety. They commission support services for victims of crime and champion the needs of victims at a local level.
Read the full statement here, which includes an overview of the key priorities which have been identified.
World Mental Health Day 2020 Blog
To mark World Mental Health Day 2020, APCC Mental Health Lead, Matthew Scott, wrote a blog post reflecting on how 2020 has been a difficult time for us all.
World Mental Health Day this year was even more timely than ever and served as an important reminder of the need to look after the mental health of ourselves and those around us.
The blog post marked this important day to say again that it is okay to not be okay. Mental ill-health affects us all in different ways. There’s no denying that the re-introduction of necessary lockdown restrictions and the challenges they bring will contribute to the ongoing pressure many people feel at this time. However, there are people to talk to, to help us and to listen to us.
The post also discusses Matthew’s role as the APCC’s national lead for mental health, and his recent inquiry into how this pandemic has impacted on our mental health.
Read the full blog post here.
We all deserve to have good mental health and support when we need it - #MentalHealthForAll
PCCS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Protecting our police dogs
Essex’s Police Dogs are a pawsome bunch and really are ahead of the pack when it comes to helping to keep Essex safe.
They are fantastically cared for and trained by their handlers but as we are a county of animal lovers it’s great to know that their care and training is monitored independently.
The Essex Police Dog Welfare Scheme is run by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex. The PFCC co-ordinates a team of volunteers who observe and report of the conditions under which police dogs are trained, transported, deployed and cared for. Their volunteers’ visits are unannounced and take place on random days and times to ensure impartiality.
Lost Voices - Lost Lives
On 2nd November, North Wales PCC Arfon Jones hosted an online conference to raise awareness and gain support for the implementation of a Heroin Assisted Treatment Pilot in North Wales.
The pilot scheme to give prescribed heroin for free to drug addicts has received support from a world-renowned expert.
The idea is the brainchild of the PCC Arfon Jones, who says the introduction of Heroin Assisted Treatment would save lives, reduce crime, cuts costs and interrupt the illicit drug market.
The virtual conference featured speakers providing an overview of the benefits of Heroin Assisted Treatment to vulnerable individuals entrenched in drug use, the community as a whole and a reduction in crime, and the science behind the programme.
Why PCCs have a pivotal role to play in promoting roads policing
West Midlands PCC, David Jamieson, recently featured in Policing Insight, discussing the crucial role PCCs have to play in reprioritising road safety. The opinion piece is in response to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report in roads policing which was published in July.
PCC Jamieson, a former Transport Road Safety Minister, reflected on the slow but definitive increase in fatalities and serious injuries occurring on our roads.
Each PCC must publish a Police and Crime Plan to identify local priorities and how they plan to meet them. PCC Jamieson welcomed the HMICFRS recommendation that guidance should require reference to roads policing in all police and crime plans.
Vulnerable women’s scheme in Dorset commended at the Howard League Community Awards
A partnership between Dorset Police, The Footprints Project and Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill was given a special commendation at the Howard League Community Awards for the Footprints Female Out of Court Diversionary Scheme that works with women who have committed and admitted low level offences, but are identified by the Police as vulnerable. They are issued with an out of court disposal and given the opportunity to take part in this rehabilitative scheme.
The 2020 Howard League Community Awards recognise the country’s successful community projects encouraging progressive reforms in relation to criminal justice. Judges gave the scheme a special commendation after being particularly struck by high levels of engagement, the level of monitoring and outcomes, and the positive feedback from women who have been through the scheme.
Prisoners will be employed to build affordable homes - with first in Devon
Devon and Cornwall PCC, Alison Hernandez, is sponsoring an innovative pilot project that aims to address a construction skills shortage, high reoffending rates and homelessness.
Agile Homes is a people centred business with a social impact purpose. It wants to do what it can, by working collaboratively, to break the cycle of re-offending, by adding purpose and value to people’s lives and to deliver low carbon, affordable homes that communities need so badly.
Agile Homes and HM Prison & Probation Service were delighted to announce that, following signing of a contract earlier this year, the first low carbon, affordable modular home is to be made by prisoners at HMP Leyhill in early November.
The home is being sponsored by PCC Hernandez and will be occupied by young mothers, who would otherwise be in unsuitable accommodation and are in need of support to develop life skills for independent living.
‘Be Home Safe’ scheme celebrates 20th anniversary
October marked the 20th anniversary of Avon and Somerset Police’s ‘Be Home Safe’ service.
Formerly known as the ‘Bobby Van’ service, the first van was launched in 2000 in south Bristol and provided a free home security service for vulnerable victims of repeat burglary in the area.
In the following years, the service received additional funding from PCC Sue Mountstevens and the Police Community Trust to set up a further five vans, which have since visited thousands of homes across the force area.
Today, the ‘Bobby Van’ service is known as the ‘Be Home Safe’ scheme and covers the whole of Avon and Somerset to provide timely intervention for vulnerable victims of crime.