Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Police Commissioner Off To A Poor Start


Police Commissioner Who?
Did you know that the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (Yes, honestly, some people actually voted in the 13.3% turn-out last November. Anyone remember his name?) is responsible for producing a Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley which covers his term of office from until 2017?

The plan must set out the Commissioner's strategic police and crime objectives for the Thames Valley with regard to:
  • the policing of the area;
  • crime and disorder reduction, and
  • the discharge by Thames Valley of its national or international functions
The Plan must also cover:
  • The policing of Thames Valley which the Chief Constable is to provide
  • The financial and other resources which the Commissioner is to provide to the Chief Constable
  • The means by which the Chief Constable will report to the Commissioner on the provision of policing
  • The means by which the Chief Constable's performance in providing policing is measured
  • The crime and disorder reduction grants which the Commissioner is to make, and the conditions (if any) of those grants
The Commissioner says he is "keen to hear your views" - but how many people even know that this consultation is under way, or that it ends on Friday 8th February?

What has the Commissioner done to promote this consultation exercise - he has been virtually invisible in Reading since his election. Is this all we get for £85k a year?

Is it arrogance or ignorance that so little has been done - and what if you are not on-line: do your views matter, or do you get left behind (Note: the government's universal credit is set to be on-line only too ... yet poorest and most vulnerable least likely to have ready access to the internet). It's certainly not been mentioned at the local NAG meetings.

Commissioner, this is a very poor start. You really must up your game or else the next five years will not go well for us who live in the Thames Valley.
 
Here is the draft document - Draft Police and Crime Plan          
Yet on inspection, it is paper thin on specifics, hardly more than a fag packet of details or ideas.
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Responding to the consultation
You can respond to the questions using our online survey.
Alternatively you can email your response to pcc@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk (using the subject title 'Police and Crime Plan Consultation') or write to:
c/o Jemma Graham
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
The Farmhouse
Police Headquarters
Kidlington
OX5 2NX

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