As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I want to ensure the police and partner agencies are working together to build strong, resilient communities, tackling crime and disorder, and protecting vulnerable people. We want all local people to be safe and feel safe, and to be able to contribute to community life.
The Constabulary typically handles just under one million calls for the service in a year. Cuts in funding to other organisations have resulted in increased calls and pressure on the police. I will ensure the Communication Centre continues to be able to respond effectively to calls.
Public confidence in the police within Avon and Somerset, as measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales, has been relatively stable for the last two years and currently stands at 78%. In the same survey, the proportion of local people who feel that the police are dealing with local priorities has also been stable and currently at 58%. I would like to see this percentage increase – as a result of both collective action to resolve issues and through communication within communities that the impact of this work is widely understood.
The Constabulary want to promote more productive relationships with the community and I want to see an increase in the number of people joining the Special Constabulary and voluteering to support the police.
I will ask the Constabulary to take a flexible approach to local policing, focusing on the priorities raised by you. Priorities vary across communities but the most typical are road safety, anti-social behaviour (ASB), drug crime and burglary.
I recognise these crimes and issues can have a serious impact on daily life. I want to see the Constabulary reduce the prevalence of them and improve outcomes where there are victims, including the victim experience of the policing service.
I would like to see evidence that Neighbourhood Teams’ problem-solving plans are effective at reducing ASB in communities.
The Government’s Serious Violence strategy set out the challenge for PCCs, Community Safety Partnerships and other local partnerships to respond to serious violence and involve communities in tackling it. The strategy sets out a key role in PCCs in galvanising the local partnership approach in tackling serious violence in the communities they serve.
Dangerous and prolific offenders are managed under a multi-agency approach that was pioneered in Avon and Somerset. Local policing teams are responsible for managing and supporting lower risk offenders living and operating in their area. They will engage with them and the community, gathering intelligence, offering support and undertaking investigations as appropriate.
Tackling these three areas that matter most to local people is the main focus of Op Remedy. Problem-solving is one of the pillars of local policing and and proportion of problem-solving plans will involve diversionary activities.