Protecting vulnerable people from harm, ensuring more support for victims, delivering efficient and effective policing and preventing and reducing crime – all key objectives of Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe’s new Police and Crime Plan, which has been finalised and published today (December 1).
The plan, which aims to deliver a safer and more secure Warwickshire, sets out the Commissioner’s aims for policing in the county and details how he will hold Warwickshire Police’s Chief Constable to account for delivering them over the next four years. It provides a detailed breakdown of the Commissioner’s vision for:
- Putting victims and survivors first
- Ensuring efficient and effective policing
- Protecting people from harm
- Preventing and reducing crime.
Among the headline activities will be an increased focus on protecting the most vulnerable in society, while partnership working to tackle drug, alcohol and mental health problems which underpin many elements of crime will also remain a priority. A Victim’s Charter will help to ensure that victims and survivors of crime are the central focus for the police and other agencies involved in the criminal justice system.
The plan also aims to ensure Warwickshire Police is transformed to meet the changing nature of crime, including measures to tackle cyber crime, child sexual exploitation, hate crime, terrorism and modern slavery, while continuing to ensure that rural areas and businesses are also protected.
The plan also contains a commitment to increase the numbers of police officers, special constables and PCSOs during the Commissioner’s term of office, with neighbourhood policing remaining a crucial element in ensuring the safety of the county. A programme of modernisation will ensure that the police are equipped with the latest mobile technology to support them in delivering all aspects of policing, reducing the need to return to police stations and helping to increase visibility among the community.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “In creating my first Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire I have listened carefully to the views of the public and victims of crime, talked widely with officers and staff at Warwickshire Police and had many discussions with our key partners and groups within the third and voluntary sector.
“The nature of crime is changing and the way our communities are policed needs to reflect that, while also recognising that the public rightly expects strong and visible community-based policing as its bedrock. This plan will strengthen policing across Warwickshire and build on the strong foundations which already exist.
“I want to ensure that the numbers of police officers, special constables and PCSOs can be increased over the levels we see today, through improvements in efficiency and better use of technology to deliver a service which maximises the resources that are available to it and can meet the challenges of the future head-on.
“Overall, I want to ensure that Warwickshire Police delivers the right service, at the right time to protect communities and provide a safer, more secure Warwickshire. While challenging, the plan is achievable and I look forward to working with Chief Constable Martin Jelley and our key partners to make this a reality.”
The law requires all Police and Crime Commissioners to publish a Police and Crime Plan, outlining how policing will be provided and what the key objectives for tackling crime will be. Warwickshire’s plan was created following a major consultation exercise during the summer, involving the public, partner agencies, the third and voluntary sector organisations and the Police and Crime Panel, to ensure it meets the ambitions of local people.
To view the Police and Crime Plan in full, visit: http://www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/key-information/police-and-crime-plan/