Police and Crime Plan Consultation 13-14
This consultation aims to understand the views of residents, community groups, business organisations, victims of crime and other stakeholders concerning the Police and Crime Plan priorities for 2013/14 – 2016/17, so that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) can publish a plan and associated budget which addresses the policing and community safety needs of the area.
This survey will take around five minutes to complete and will take you through the four priority areas, a page about the local plan and a few questions about you.
If you would prefer to complete a hard copy version of this survey or translated into another language please contact the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office on 01275 816377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why We Are Consulting
The PCC must publish a five year Police and Crime Plan by the end of March 2013 which sets out vision, aims and objectives for her term in office. This is a 5 year plan but will be refreshed annually.
PCC Sue Mountstevens was elected on 16 November 2012 with the following commitments which lie at the heart of her draft Police and Crime Plan. PCC Sue Mountstevens believes that you have a right to be safe and feel safe in your community. It is her aim to ensure that this is the case, and that the people of Avon and Somerset have the highest level of confidence in their Police, Community Safety and Criminal Justice services.
Reduce the impact that anti-social behaviour has in our communities: I want to enable you to live without fear of harassment, abuse, or threatening behaviour. I will do this by supporting joined up approaches to tackling the issues affecting your area. I will focus in particular, on reducing risk to the most vulnerable and repeat victims.
Prevent and reduce violence, particularly violence towards women and girls: I want to ensure that all victims get the help they need when they need it. I will do this by encouraging and enabling reporting, supporting early intervention and improving access to support and services, particularly amongst those most vulnerable to harm.
Prevent and reduce crime in your area, particularly burglary offences: I want to further reduce crime and improve feelings of safety in your area, with a particular focus on domestic and commercial burglary. I will work to tackle the causes of crime and support joined up prevention, enforcement, rehabilitation and criminal justice approaches to youth and adult offending.
Ensure victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system: I want to improve victim satisfaction with and influence over the services they receive. I will do this by developing an integrated approach to victim services that has the voice of victims at its heart. I will be a fierce advocate for all victims, and young people in particular, who are more likely to be victims of crime than any other group.
The Police and Crime Plan will also be informed by consultation with partners and the Avon and Somerset Strategic Needs Assessment.
PCC Sue Mountstevens plans to accept the government’s offer of a grant in return for freezing the policing part of the council tax for 2013/14. Her Police and Crime plan and priorities are therefore written on the basis of a budget with this taken into account. In the longer term however consideration will have to go into whether this position is sustainable.
PCC Sue Mountstevens has made a commitment to issue, for the first time, district level plans in order to give residents and stakeholders a clear view of how the plan will be implemented in their area. Therefore this survey asks respondents for their input into the local element of the Plan.
What Happens Next
Alongside this online consultation, the PCC’s office will be holding face-to-face consultation events in each of the districts to discuss the draft district level plans. Details of these events will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
The findings from this survey and the district events will be used to inform the PCC’s final draft Police and Crime plan which will be presented top the Police and Crime Panel for review, before being published at the end of March 2013.
- Report to Police & Crime Panel on Consultation Findings, 27.3 kB (PDF document)
- Report to Police & Crime Panel - Development of the Police and Crime Plan, 29.3 kB (PDF document)
- We Asked
- For your comments on the police and crime plan priorities for 2013/14.
- You said
- The vast majority of respondents felt that the four proposed priorities were either important or very important to them personally or to all residents of Avon and Somerset. We received a large number of local comments regarding road safety. There were also many comments requesting the violence against women and girls was expanded to cover men and boys. We received lots of local detail relating to the existing priorities and issues that relate to services provided by other agencies. Many comments were made in support of visible policing and the importance of relationships between residents and the police.
- We did
- We have added road safety into local Police and Crime Plans. We have widened the Violence Against Women and Girls priority to be ‘Domestic and Sexual Violence, particularly violence towards Women and Children.’ We have added relationships to the Police and Crime Plan and put greater emphasis on the importance of visibility. We will be working with the Constabulary and other partners to review the themes raised in relation to their services.