In July 2021, the Government published its ‘Beating Crime Plan’ that set out its commitment and measures to cut crime, increase confidence in the criminal justice system as a whole, and putting victims first. The plan also evidenced the Government’s commitment to supporting those in the criminal justice system who keep people safe.
An integral part of the Plan is the introduction by the Home Office of a range of measures to help focus effort on key national priorities. These measures require both PCCs and police forces to scrutinise performance through a data-driven approach and to take collective action to prevent and reduce specified crime types, thereby demonstrating value for money in policing. The measures are intended to complement local priorities that are set out in PCCs’ Police and Crime Plans; nonetheless the Government is clear that forces must achieve significant reductions in crime and restore the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system.
The six key national policing priorities are as follows: –
- Reduce murder and other homicides
- Reduce serious violence
- Disrupt drugs supply and county lines
- Reduce neighbourhood crime
- Tackle cyber crime
- Improve satisfaction among victims – with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse
The measures are to be kept under review and further crime types may be added in the future.
The PCC is supportive of the Government’s concerted effort to reduce these crime types that cause so much damage in society, and its ambition to improve victims experience of the criminal justice system. It is important too to maintain a focus on the local priorities of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan, which captures the concerns and priorities of the residents and communities of Warwickshire, together with the need to balance competing demands with finite resources. This is particularly true in respect of the addressing vulnerability and protecting those most at risk of harm.
Information to be published
In May 2021, there was an amendment to the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amendment) Order 2021. Information relating to a police force’s performance against the National Policing Measures must be published by PCCs to enable greater public scrutiny of police performance and allow the electorate to hold the PCCs to account more effectively. The order states that: –
- PCCs are required to provide a statement on the contribution of their force to achieving improvements against those priorities
- The new information must be published in a prominent place on the PCC’s website. The purpose of this requirement is to make it as easy as possible for the public to access the information, and quarterly updates should be made following the publication of quarterly crime statistics.
It is recognised that not all measures will apply equally to every force so PCCs must consider how best to apply these measures in their force area.
The first report for April 2022 can be found here: National Policing and Crime Measures – April 2022