An overview of the previous
meeting of the Plan Working Group was provided by Cllr Jan Warwick.
Cllr Warwick explained that Members of the working group, had
scrutinised information presented by the Office of the Police and
Crime Commissioner (OPCC). During the meeting Members of the
working group were pleased to hear about progress made against GDPR
implementation and to learn about how Restorative Justice Films
were being used. Members also heard that the working group had
raised concern that the appointment of a new Rural Lead Staff
officer had not yet been agreed, and as a result action to be taken
following the recommendations of the Panel’s Rural Crime
proactive scrutiny had been delayed.
Members then received a verbal
presentation from the Commissioner, setting out an update on
delivery against the Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021 (see Item 9 in
the Minute Book). The Panel also received a video presentation on
the recent Safer Together Event, Eastern Police Investigation
Centre topping out ceremony and other local events that had taken
place since the last Panel meeting, as well as an update on the
work of the Youth Commission.
During the presentations
made by the OPCC against compliance with GDPR requirements was on
track, but had required significant resource from the office to
support the implementation.
and the Isle of Wight was regarded as a national leader in the use
of Restorative Justice (RJ) practices. The Commissioner was clear
in his intention to continue to push boundaries in the use of RJ,
and that, despite the costs involved, felt RJ delivered real value
in supporting victims and reducing reoffending.
projects within the delivery plan had been marked as complete at
the end of the scoping phase. One example given was the use of the
Barnahus Model. Whilst this project was
currently on hold following the completion of scoping, the
Commissioner had asked the Chief Constable to continue to look at
the feasibility of its use with criminal justice
Commissioner and his office were well engaged in steps to prevent
FGM and were supporting plans to further engage communities through
making the information needed by those effected both clear to
understand and readily available.
- A recently
added project would focus upon University collaboration and
engaging students in the analysis of data on behalf of the OPCC. It
was heard that this would provide practical work experience for
students, who may go on to be influential in community safety in
the future, and also allowed the OPCC to analyse more data with
little financial cost.
Commissioner committed not to have staff officer or police resource
within his office when they can provide better delivery to front
line policing. The previous staff officer who had led on rural
priorities had been returned back to policing and the OPCC were
looking to incorporate rural priorities into the wider community
strategy. The Commissioner further explained that engagement was
also being undertaken with Neighbourhood Watch, to deliver rural
priorities in partnership, and that the Commissioner had asked the
Chief Constable to prioritise protecting the dedicated resource for
rural crime within the force.
In response to questions, the
violent crimes were a growing concern.
- Areas of
the OPCC’s work which look beyond policing were focussed on
reducing the impact on policing demand and making communities safer
through reducing the risk of people becoming victims of
- The OPCC
was rolling out the use of SafetyNet to
partners in line with GDPR requirements and 60 organisations had
been engaged to date.
- The cyber
ambassadors project was now complete, the pilot was in use and
working with young children to help them to stay safe online. The
pilot had demonstrated success to date with 24 schools and 8000
young people engaged thus far.
That the update on the delivery
of the Police and Crime Plan is noted by the Police and Crime