Community joined together to help write new police and crime plan25 January, 2017
Community members, local councils, voluntary sector organisations, the police, health professionals and partners across the criminal justice sector have all helped to develop the new police and crime plan for Lancashire.
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s 2016 – 2021 plan shapes the way policing and justice services are delivered by setting out strategic objectives which the Chief Constable and his team are required to deliver against.
It also shapes the work in communities of community safety partners and those delivering criminal justice services.
The four priorities in the Lancashire plan are:
• Protecting local policing
• Tackling crime and reoffending
• Supporting vulnerable people and victims
• Developing safe and confident communities
Mr Grunshaw said: “Our engagement in developing the new plan was really extensive. I met with literally hundreds of people representing partner organisations and 1,672 Lancashire residents also completed survey to make sure I understand the issues that matter to them most.
“Despite the huge pressures that our police and partners are facing, I am confident that by working together we can keep Lancashire safe.”
Mr Grunshaw added: “We have had some excellent feedback from all those involved and as we plan ahead I am sure that combined with these priorities we will deliver the public’s priorities.”
Residents were asked to rank policing issues as high, medium or low risk priorities.
In total 1672 public survey responses were received and most said tackling major crimes such as murder, rape and serious assaults (93.6%) were their highest priority, with protecting children from child sexual exploitation (88.7%) coming second. Counter terrorism/tackling serious organised crime (75%), and patrolling neighbourhoods with high crime rates (72.4%) also ranked highly.
Responding to non-emergency calls (12.5%) and patrolling areas with low levels of crime were only ranked high priority by a small number of people (10%) and were actually seen as more than half of respondents’ lowest priorities when it came to crime themes.
Mr Grunshaw added: “These figures show that residents were actively looking for a response to crime in their area and it is an excellent way of getting to know what they wanted to tackle. As we re-new the priorities I will continue to listen to those involved who are assisting to make a difference to policing in their area.”
Performance against the police and crime plan is reported to the Police and Crime Panel at quarterly meetings and also feature in an annual report.