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Six steps to make Gloucestershire an even better place….

I believe we all have a stake in a Gloucestershire which is safer, where there is less crime and more peace and good order. After all, it’s in everyone’s best interests so why wouldn’t we?

When I first stood for the role as your Commissioner, I spent a lot of time thinking of what I wanted for my children and your children.

We are blessed to live in a great county, but we must not be complacent. We must keep being innovative and creative.

In my role as Police and Crime Commissioner, I am responsible for determining the priorities for the county’s police force.

But whilst there are lots of things the police can do, they cannot do it all. Instead, I am tapping into as many of the resources at our disposal as possible by utilising many of the considerable talents we have in this county. A partnership comprising the public, private and voluntary sectors, business and local communities is a unique approach.

My Police and Crime Plan is built around the following six commitment

Accessibility and accountability – Getting the right resources to the right situation or problem first time, every time, on time and dealing with the matter appropriately and effectively. The ideal of the local officer working the beat needs to be realised in Gloucestershire.

Led by Chief Superintendent Joanna Smallwood, this priority focuses on ensuring that you can contact the police when you need them and that they will:
– Respond to your need – effectively and appropriately.
– Resolve your issue effectively and appropriately.
– Re-direct you appropriately to other agencies, partners, voluntary/3rd sector service providers.

 

Older but not overlooked – Older people need to feel and remain an active part of our communities whether they live in their own homes or residential care. Both should be part of the police beat with the local officer being visible and proactive with all vulnerable groups.

Led by Phil Sullivan, representing the voluntary sector, this priority ensures that older people and vulnerable in our communities are valued and not disregarded.

Voluntary and community sector organisations are helped by funds provided from the PCC’s office to work on these issues that help make people less fearful of crime and less likely to become victims.

 

Young people becoming adults – We need sensitive, relevant and effective policing to ensure our young people become law-abiding, productive members of society. The ‘system’ must work for them, not against them.

Led by Kate Langley, Youth Justice Manager – Prospects, this priority works to ensure that young people are given the help they need to develop into responsible adults who will contribute to their community.

Our work links into other relevant other areas of the Police and Crime Plan and we work closely with other key partners, for example developing the Youth Crime Prevention Strategy in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Youth Justice Partnership Board, Health Commissioners, local Community Groups and Community Safety Officers.

 

Safe days and nights for all – Gloucestershire’s strong night-time economy needs to be better managed, with alcohol-related crime and disorder reduced because everyone should be able to go to our parks, clubs, pubs and streets without fear.

This priority works to reduce crime and disorder linked to the day and night-time economies of Gloucestershire. We know our county is a good place to live and visit and our goal is to make it even better.

We want nights that offer a variety of entertainment to a wide range and mix of people that does not rely on excess alcohol consumption and will also encourage people with disabilities to take part. We also want people to understand how safe our community actually is as anxiety about being a victim of crime can itself impair people’s lives.

 

Safe and social driving – People should be able move around our communities in safety and with as much ease and convenience as possible. The police will enforce the law when necessary, but we will all work to reduce offending and antisocial driving.

It is the responsibility of the priority lead to see that the aim of the ‘Safe and social driving’ priority is fulfilled. As the Police and Crime Commissioner has pointed out, it is the only priority where lives are lost. The team are dedicated to doing all we can, by working closely with our partners to prevent this from happening.

The priority has strong working relationships with the voluntary and education sector. The role is to research, create, train and deliver education programmes which are innovative and individualised to our target audiences.

 

Safer cyber – People must be safe online. This priority will improve the capability of the Constabulary and the community at large to protect people from internet crime and anti-social behaviour on social network sites whether at their place of work or in their own homes.

Led by John Noble, the priority aligns to the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy and works to keep people safe from online harm.

Whether it takes the form of abusive behaviour using social media, ransomware or any other form of cybercrime, Gloucestershire Constabulary are fully committed to combating the problem and making Gloucestershire a safer place to live, work and do business with in this era of rapid technological growth.

 

For more detailed info on the Plan click here.

Alongside the six priorities there are many others things I want to champion from supporting victims of crime by commissioning good services and putting them at the heart of decision making, to making sure Gloucestershire continues to be a good place to live and work and is a society which is fair, just and compassionate.