The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has the power to commission services and to award grants to organisations or bodies to assist her in delivering the priorities in her Police and Crime Plan.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has the power to commission services and to award grants to organisations or bodies to assist them in delivering the priorities of the Police and Crime Plan.
The PCC does this to:
- Reduce crime and disorder
- Support victims and witnesses as well as other people affected by criminal offences or anti-social behaviour
- Improve community safety
The PCC works with the police, local authorities, the courts, prisons, health, prosecution, and probation services among others to prioritise and tackle community safety and criminal justice issues in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and beyond.
To assist the PCC the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has a small Criminal Justice, Partnerships and Commissioning Team. The team works, often in partnership with other agencies, to enhance, commission or co-commission projects and services which support the criminal justice system. The term 'Commissioning' is the cycle of assessing need and where identified designing and securing the appropriate service.
Services commissioned/co-commissioned by the PCC include:
- Victim Care services which are delivered by Victim Support, the PCC’s Strategic Delivery Partner for Victim Services. This includes delivery of restorative justice services, a young victim of crime service and a general ‘all crime’ service for people who have reported what has happened to them to the police and for those who do not report. Victim Support also commissions on behalf of the PCC support services for people with diverse or specialist support needs. You can read more about this partnership here.
- Specialist sexual violence and domestic abuse services, which include sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) with NHS England, independent sexual violence advisor (ISVA) service, and specialist therapeutic support for women, children, men and boys.
- The OPCC also commissions services to prevent offending and for those convicted of both domestic abuse and sexual abuse.
- The PCC provides funding for all the Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and also contributes to the budget of each Youth Offending service across the peninsula.
What is a commissioning intentions plan?
Each year the OPCC writes a commissioning intentions plan which sets out the Commissioner’s approach for making decisions about which interventions will be commissioned, how existing services will be updated and what new services will be created. This is to ensure that funding is allocated fairly and proportionately, with due regard to the competing demands on available funding. The plan is presented to the Police and Crime Panel each year as part of the budget setting process.
- In 2021 the OPCC launched a new commissioning framework which aims to:
- Commission strategically to support the police and crime plan
- Support a longer-term commitment to commissioning and make more effective the commissioning approaches adopted
- Articulate a strategic commissioning model to relevant stakeholders and present a road map for change
What is strategic commissioning?
From 2021 onwards the OPCC will commission strategically to achieve a vision for a more sustainable, stable and consistent service provision. The activities which help to achieve this include:
- Better planning which is informed by evidence, community intelligence and the needs of people who will use the service
- Improved design and co-design with all relevant stakeholders
- Embedded reviews, shared plans for improvement and partnership engagement
- Clear evidence of value for money and social value
How are services commissioned?
The OPCC has four commissioning schemes, and more detail of each is included in the commissioning intentions plan at the bottom of this page.
1. Victim and Witness Services
2. Commissioners Impact Scheme
3. Community Grant Scheme
4. Evidence Based Practice Scheme
The PCC's commissioning intentions plans: