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Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Consultation on 2014-2017 Police and Crime Plan Annual Refresh

We asked:
For your comments on the revised police and crime plan for 2014/17.
You said:
The vast majority of respondents strongly supported the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan of anti-social behaviour (72%), domestic and sexual abuse (83%), burglary (73%) and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. In addition to these issues, speeding traffic was identified as a significant local problem amongst 59% of respondents and cyber and organised crime were felt to be notable gaps in the document. Many residents wanted to see a more visible police presence in their area. There were also comments requesting a greater focus on adult male victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
We did:
We have further increased the profile of road safety within the Police and Crime Plan and identified the issue as a priority across each of the local plans. We have also included specific objectives with regard to organised crime and cyber-crime which recognise these issues as increasing local and national threats. The six local plans have become more localised and have increased in number to nine. Local plans now cover each of the unitary and district local authorities within Avon an Somerset. We have also included the Constabulary’s new ‘service promise’ which sets out the service that local people can expect from their police – particularly in providing a responsive and accessible service.

Survey on Victim Experience 2013

We asked:
We asked people who have been victims of crime to tell us about their experience of the police, criminal justice and support services. We wanted to know what support they needed at each stage and whether or not they felt it was provided.
You said:
The majority of respondents (81%) had reported the crime to the police. Reasons given for not reporting the crime focused on a worry that they would be blamed or judged, or practical reasons that injury prevented the victim from reporting themselves. Information about what happens next, access to a named contact and regular updates on progress with the investigation were viewed as most important by the range of respondents.
We did:
Consultation findings have been considered in shaping plans for Integrated Victim Care teams that from October 2014 will provide end-to-end support for victims on the basis of their needs. Findings have also informed proposals for support services to be commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner from April 2015.

2014/15 Council Tax Level for Policing - Phase 2

We asked:
What level of council tax you would be prepared to pay towards policing for 2014/15. People in Avon and Somerset were asked across a range of platforms for their opinion.
You said:
Over the two phases of this consultation the PCC heard the views of over 3000 people. When all data sets from this consultation exercise are combined we can see that the largest single option is 2% with just over a third of all respondents favouring this option. There would also be significant support for a large increase such as 10%, with freeze then being the third most popular option. The other increments saw only limited support, though it should be noted that they were not offered as options in the second phase of the consultation. An analysis of all of the findings alongside the qualitative responses indicates there would be support for an increase. In the qualitative data we can see there were concerns about the impact of cuts on policing and also how efficiently the budget is spent. Respondents were also concerned about their ability to afford an increase. A full report on the findings of the consultation activities was submitted to the Police and Crime Panel on the 11 December 2013 - https://www.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2013/ot/ot048/1211_7.pdf
We did:
On the 5 February 2014 the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens' proposals for a rise in the policing part of the council tax and expenditure for 2014/15. The proposed increase of 1.99% in the policing part of the council tax is equivalent to an extra £3.34 for the year for a Band D property. This means from April 2014 the average band D household will pay £171.37 for policing.

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