Response to Gloucestershire OPCC draft Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

Gloucestershire Alliance Stronger Safer sub-group

Response to Gloucestershire OPCC draft Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021  


We welcome the recognition throughout the Police and Crime Plan (P&CP) of the importance of the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

We agree with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl on the need for continuity and development of his key themes.

We welcome the PCC’s acknowledgement of the specific issues facing Gloucestershire’s rural communities, and of the strengths-based approach to identifying community needs and enabling community solutions.

We welcome the PCC’s commitment to increasing the number of Special Constables in Gloucestershire. When deploying Specials and PCSOs, especially in rural areas, it will be important to consider their powers to intervene and detain and to consider travel time for regular Constables to attend incidents when called.

We welcome the focus on prevention of crime/criminality at source, and the recognition of the role that the VCS has in delivering preventative work.

We would welcome sight of the recently conducted Community Safety review report.

We recommend a designated Community Engagement responsibility within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to lead on and deliver the PCC’s commitment to engaging with the VCS.

We recommend that the theme ‘Older But Not Overlooked’  is broadened out to explicitly encompass people who are or may become vulnerable through factors other than age, to give some clarity and focus on meeting the needs of all vulnerable people.  For instance those furthest from the workplace may be more at risk of crime than others and may have less resilience to its effects. Not all old people are vulnerable (many older people are significant community assets), and not all vulnerable people are old.

We recommend an action plan to underpin the P&CP that incorporates objectives that are specific, measurable and set out to clear delivery timetables.

We recommend that the final P&CP includes a glossary of the terminology used in the plan, and includes embedded links to other key documents.

Wayne Stevens
Stronger Safer Forum Chair

September 2, 2016


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