Here is my commentary
The foreword is mostly about the legalities. The first substantive thing he says “Nevertheless, since being elected last November I have visited all the police units within this large Force area to understand the issues and challenges affecting policing and crime reduction across the Thames Valley, and I have met most of the councils to discuss their community safety priorities and concerns.”
- Which councils has he not met?
- What about meeting the electorate?
“Despite significant cuts (21%) in Home Office funding in this specific area I have been able to maintain funding for community safety initiatives in 2013/14 at close to the previous year’s level by increasing the police element of council tax by 2% and topping up the grant from my own budget.”
- Huh? It is all his budget…
- Most of which happen behind closed doors – only one public ‘Policy, Performance & Performance" meeting happened before this report was published
- Wow. He has been around the block a few times then... This is quite an achievement considering the problems we know he has with navigating his way around Thames Valley?!
- There is a video of Mr Stansfeld on the front of their website. The service is effectively a rustic version of an existing system of alerts on crime issues. It is a good system.
- But, how many subscribers are there I wonder? No mention of outcomes or any results.
- The website includes a very helpful checklist to remind farmers (for example) to “feed livestock” as one of the key activities for February and to do “ploughing” in November. I am sure that the farmers of Thames Valley find this an invaluable aide memoire.
- Well done – these are impressive results!
- How were these results achieved? Indeed, what did the PCC do to facilitate these results? No information here.
- There no measures or targets for two of the six strategic objectives? (Strategic Objective 4: ‘Improve communication with the public in order to build trust and confidence with our communities’ & Strategic Objective 5: ‘To tackle bureaucracy and develop the professional skills of all staff’) and still no measures even after the PCC came into office? Why not?
- Force income is nearly £31m – what is that for? I am intrigued.
- The accounts gloss over the differences in cost between the old PA and the new PCC by mashing them both together. This is very much a lost opportunity I feel.
- I know I am being picky here but shouldn’t 366.545 be 366,545?! (In other words the cost of staffing is £366m not £366k!)
- Some names of these people would have been appropriate I feel
1. Improve crime detection rates,
2. Rehabilitate prolific and persistent offenders,
3. Reduce household burglary,
4. Reduce drug and alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly at night-time in town centres,
5. Reduce rural crime
1. To reduce crime and drive up detection rates,
2. To maintain the balance between urban and rural policing,
3. To ensure that the Police budget is targeted effectively,
4. To protect vulnerable people,
5. To ensure the Police act firmly and fairly, using good judgement to deal with the public politely, gaining their respect and acting with integrity
1. Cut crimes that are of most concern to the public and to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities,
2. Protect the visible presence of the police and partners to cut crime and the fear of crime and reassure communities,
3. Protect the public from harm arising from serious organised crime and terrorism,
4. Communicate and engage with the public in order to cut crime and the fear of crime and build trust and confidence with our communities,
5. Work with the criminal justice partners to reduce crime and support victims and witnesses, and
6. Ensure policing, community safety and criminal justice services are delivered efficiently and effectively
- Can you spot the differences & similarities?
- What is going on here?
- At the very least there seems to be some confusion as to what the priorities actually are
- Or perhaps that some sheep's wool is being pulled over our eyes (is that on the activities for July on the country watch rural checklist?)
- The PCC has allocated £3.5m to community safety projects. The Office of the PCC costs £1.7m
- No details as yet as to numbers of such events
- And why the phrasing “agreed to hold”. Was this not his idea? Did someone have to persuade him?
- And yep, and that is about it. This will cut the fear of crime, build trust and confidence.
- Hang on, but he will also be “working with existing specialist organisations to consult with victims through focus groups and surveys” and he “will be attending or have representation on all Community Safety Partnership Boards as well as the Local Criminal Justice Board”.
- That is alright then.