Commissioner Hernandez has chosen to retain the key thread of her first Plan, published in 2016, to help create safe, resilient and connected communities.
The Plan aims to:
- Keep communities safe by breaking the cycle of crime through prevention and innovation, focussing on community priorities such as of drugs, ASB, road safety and violence, maximise visible policing, prevent business crime and reduce opportunities for people to reoffend;
- Make communities more resilient by increasing public participation in policing, making the police and criminal justice services more sustainable, helping young people to reduce the chances of falling victim to crime, influencing Government on local issues and investing in crime prevention to strengthen rural communities;
- Better connecting the police and public by increasing access points to contact police, developing easy-to-use digital services, building trust and supporting people with diverse needs, collaborating to tackle crime in partnership and improving public confidence through world class local policing.
“We are fortunate to live in one of the safest parts of Britain,” said Commissioner Hernandez.
“Strong communities, an unprecedented investment in policing and organisations that work better with one another for their communities have helped reduce crime year after year.
“However, issues like antisocial behaviour, violence and dangerous driving still blight too many lives.
“I want to build on the work done so far to make us the safest area in the country, and one with world-class policing.
“My draft Police and Crime Plan prioritises the issues that matter most to our communities, using data from surveys and the Office of National Statistics.
“But it is essential that the voice of our communities is reflected in the plan, which sets the strategic direction for the force, my partnerships and commissioning.
“So, I am asking people to take a few minutes to complete our survey. The answers will be vital in informing the decisions that lie ahead.”
The survey is open until September 1 and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/D8GYKKF