Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe is committed to listening and engaging with the public to understand their concerns and issues and ensure that Warwickshire Police is meeting their needs. As part of his engagement strategy, the Commissioner undertakes a number of consultations each year to take soundings from the public on a variety of topics. Consultations are also carried out in line with statutory obligations. Details of public consultations undertaken by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) can be found below.
Budget Consultation 2022/23
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe is keen to hear the views of everyone living and working in the county as he looks to set the budget for policing in 2022/23.
He has launched a simple survey to allow people to give their feedback on how much households should pay for policing, as well as finding out their priorities for how this should be spent.
In its funding settlement announcement, the Government gave Police and Crime Commissioners the flexibility to increase the Police Precept by up to £10 a year on an average Band D property – around 83 pence per month. Mr Seccombe is consulting on a range of options for the Precept to gauge public feedback.
The ‘Your Police, Your Views’ survey is open until January 17, 2022.
Victims Needs Survey
Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to gain the lived experience of service users to ensure that as new services are developed, they continue to deliver high quality support and meet the needs of victims.
An anonymous online survey is being undertaken on the Commissioner’s behalf by Tonic, a public consultation and research agency, who are also conducting confidential interviews with service users, service providers and other stakeholders across the following areas:
- General victim recovery services
- Vulnerability-related specialist support services for victims of:
- Sexual Abuse and Violence
- Child Exploitation
- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
- Criminal Justice-related drug and alcohol abuse services (adults and children)
- Services for victims from minoritised ethnic backgrounds
- Services to refugees and others who may have an uncertain immigration status.
The online survey takes no more than 10 minutes and can be taken at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/warks.
Anyone who would prefer to take part in one of the confidential interviews can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those selected will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.
Both surveys will end on Monday 10 January 2022.
Budget Consultation 2021/22 (November 2020-January 2021)
A major new consultation, called ‘Your Police, Your Views’ has been launched by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe to give people living and working across Warwickshire the opportunity to have their say.
Part one of the consultation took place between November 2020 and January 2021.
Following publication of the Commissioner’s Draft 2021-22 Warwickshire Budget Report on January 22, the second phase of the consultation was launched to gather feedback, prior to the budget being presented to the Police and Crime Panel.
The consultation ended on January 27.
Public Priorities Survey (March-August 2020)
This survey was to help inform the future direction of policing and criminal justice across Warwickshire. It was organised jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Warwickshire Police.
The online element of the survey ran from March to August (having been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic) and followed a telephone and and face-to-face survey of 750 people across the county in February.
The feedback will be used by police leaders want further public feedback to ensure that they fully understand local concerns on crime, policing and community safety.
Survey responses will also help to inform the next Police and Crime Plan for the county, to ensure that the future strategic priorities set for the force match with public expectations for the police and wider criminal justice agencies.
Police Precept Consultation 2020/21 (December 2019-January 2020)
Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe launched his annual consultation on the policing budget, asking the public for their feedback on how best to meet the challenges facing police in the county.
Local residents and businesses were asked to consider whether they would support an increase in the policing element of Council Tax in order to safeguard previous investments in extra police officers and fund the much-needed infrastructure improvements which would help them deliver a better service to the public.
The consultation closed on Friday January 17, 2020.
The Commissioner undertook a survey to consult the public on options to increase the police precept (the portion of Council Tax which pays for policing) in order to fund up to 100 extra police officers, PCSOs and police staff crime investigators.
A full report was presented to the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel on February 4.
Survey of victims and survivors in Warwickshire (January/February 2018)
This survey was undertaken by TONIC, an independent social research organisation, on behalf of the Warwickshire PCC and asked for the views of victims of crime in Warwickshire. The responses will be used to help shape future support services in the local area as the OPCC begins the process of commissioning services for victim support provision. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Police Precept Consultation 2018/19 (December 2017/January 2018)
A consultation took place to give the public a say on proposals to boost funding for policing in Warwickshire through an increase in the police’s share of council tax in 2018/19.
Police Precept Consultation 2017/18 (January 2017)
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe proposed a freeze on the amount people pay for policing out of their Council Tax – otherwise known as the Police Precept – for 2017/18. The proposal would see the Police Precept frozen at the same level as 2016/17 for all Council Tax bands. The Commissioner asked the public for their feedback on his proposal and a simple online poll was launched for residents to indicate whether they supported or opposed the proposed freeze. The poll ran during January 2017 and the results published to the Police and Crime Panel as part of the budget setting process.
Regional Cyber Crime Survey (October 2016-December 2016)
A regional cyber crime survey was coordinated by the Warwickshire Insight Service and asked people to share their experiences of online crime through a series of questions. This survey sought to examine how the picture has changed across Warwickshire over the past 12 months and whether residents are more aware of the dangers that can be posed online and the things that they are able to do to minimise these risks. The survey also ran across West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire policing areas which will allow us to assess the scale of the problem across a wider region. The key findings from the survey suggested that:
- At least £8.8 million has been lost by Warwickshire adults as a result of cyber crime.
- There have been nearly 15,000 successful phishing scams in the last 12 months.
- 9,900 residents have been victim of identity fraud.
- 30,000 have fallen victim to a virus or malware based attack.
- There have been over 6,000 online hate crimes.
- 5,500 have been a victim of an online romance scam.
- 12% of residents are not confident that they know how to protect themselves online.
- 59% feel at risk online.
The full results were presented in June 2017.
Draft Police and Crime Plan (September-October 2016)
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe unveiled his draft Police and Crime Plan for consultation with communities and partners across the county. Feedback was received from a range of partners and the plan was updated accordingly. The finalised plan was presented to the Police and Crime Panel in December 2016. Find more details about the completed plan.
Police and Crime Plan Consultation (July-August 2016)
The law requires all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to produce a Police and Crime Plan within the first financial year of their election. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 also requires that, prior to a Police and Crime Plan being finalised, PCCs should ‘obtain the views of the people in that police area and the views of the victims of crime in that area’ in order to inform the scope and contents of the plan. Between July and August 2016, the OPCC ran a public consultation to understand the views of people living and working in Warwickshire on crime and community safety.
The results from the survey were used to inform the content of the Draft Police and Crime Plan and the results of the consultation were presented to the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel in September 2016.