Safe, resilient and connected communities – the Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 2017-2020
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will provide almost £24m additional money so that Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer can put more police officers on the streets by 2020.
On Friday the PCC will publish her first Police and Crime Plan, entitled Safe, resilient and connected communities, with a vow to help keep people safe by improving the public’s connection to police.
The Plan comes as a result of the peninsula’s biggest consultation into policing issues, which Ms Hernandez commissioned last summer.
“Our consultation clearly showed the public wants better connectivity with, and accessibility to, its police force,” she said.
“This plan provides a direction to help communities become safer, more resilient and better connected and makes a Local Policing Promise to ensure that policing is accessible, responsive, informative and supportive.
“My aim is to have excellent policing, better co-ordination with the wider public services and resilient self-supporting communities. In that way we can all play our part in keeping each other safe.
“Devon and Cornwall Police is already a good force. Through better connection, clear direction and appropriate investment it can be one of the very best in the country.
“By freeing over £10m from reserves, by striving for further efficiencies, by raising money through the policing precept* and changing other spending priorities, I have provided the Chief Constable with the funds to be one of the only Forces in the country to increase its number of officers.
“It is for the Chief Constable to decide the make-up of his workforce so that he can best deliver the priorities set out in this plan.
“He has now set out his intentions and I will support him in that, but I will expect him to deliver, in particular, the increased connectivity that the people of Devon and Cornwall have said is important to them.”
Key points in the Plan:
Connecting our communities and the police – through a new Local Policing Promise to ensure policing in the local area is ‘Accessible, Responsive, Informative and Supportive’
Preventing and deterring crime – so we can stop people becoming victims of crime and help them move on with their lives
Protecting people at risk of abuse and those who are vulnerable – safeguarding the vulnerable and keeping them safe from harm
Providing high quality and timely support to victims of crime to help them recover and to get justice by improving the criminal justice system
Getting the best out of the police – making best use of our resources, supporting and developing our workforce and working well in partnership with others
*The additional funds raised is based on projected increase in council tax of 2% pa until 20/21.This is an assumption of increases to be ratified by the Police and Crime Panel each year.
In 2017/2018 this average yearly increase for a Band D property is £3.40p taking to total Band D contribution to £176.28.
Watch PCC Alison Hernandez and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer interviews below: