Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  
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Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Plan - 'Everybody's Business: Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan'

My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business, signals a new emphasis in my role as PCC enabling greater oversight and accountability of agencies other than the police.

This five year plan sets out my ambition and vision for community safety and criminal justice across the county  from 2017 to 2022. It looks to the future and sets out the challenges and opportunities ahead of us and speaks to everyone - the police, local authorities, the private sector and each one of us as citizens - to take action and play a part in preventing and reducing crime.

 Read My Plan

Information on the previous Police and Crime Plan: Everybody’s Business ( 2015-2020) can be found here.


You can also view my manifesto for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in Hertfordshire, 5th May 2016

 Read my Manifesto
 

What’s in the plan?

This refreshed Police and Crime Plan is more than just a legal requirement, it sets out my plan and vision for policing and crime across Hertfordshire to 2022.  It reflects both the continuity in the principles and priorities outlined in my first two plans, and also the changes in the nature of crime, and the continued  responsibilities on my office in commissioning victims’ services – putting victims at the centre of all that we do.  It sets out how the Constabulary will respond to their Strategic Policing Requirements and ensure we get the best from our collaborated units, with whom we share resources, to drive crime down and provide an efficient and effective service for the public.

And underpinning all of our work there are four main strategic themes:

   -  Putting Victims at the Centre
   -  Public Focus
   -  Offender Pays
   -  Business Sense

Putting Victims at the Centre: Through my role in commissioning support services for victims in Hertfordshire, I will continue to ensure that services are locally tailored to meet the needs of different victims of crime and the responses they require. I want to ensure that victims are put at the heart of the criminal justice system.

Public Focus: I want to continue to develop innovative ways to include partners, the community and voluntary sector in the delivery of policing. It also sets out my plans to drive forward improvements in transparency, so that the public can be assured that the Constabulary continue to behave ethically and with integrity, delivering the highest standards of public confidence and satisfaction.


Offender Pays: I strongly believe that offenders should pay back to victims and communities, putting right the harm they have caused. My Offender Pays theme discusses my ideas to ensure that we use some of the income generated from the Proceeds of Crime Act forfeitures to help victims and communities and that we are transparent in how the income generated from offenders is being spent.

The Business Sense theme is about working differently with public and private agencies, going beyond police-only solutions to achieve improved business benefits and local solutions. I am keen to use the legislation to look at the business case for change across blue-light services so that we can get smarter with how we tackle complex problems and deliver better outcomes for the individual, the family and the community. 
 

The plan highlights the challenges and the opportunities that await us and how we all play a vital part in working in partnership to deliver these ambitious proposals. It is ‘Everybody’s Business’ to keep Hertfordshire safe. Over the coming years we will see further changes underway with new and expanded responsibilities which will continue to challenge us all to radically reform policing and criminal justice.

Public consultation on Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime plan

The draft Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan was launched at a dedicated event that brought together all major partners ( councils, police, fire, health, prison, probation and representatives from business) in late November 2016. This was followed by a county-wide engagement day where I visited all ten districts across the county, meeting key partners and stakeholders to hear their thoughts.

The consultation period closed on the 16th of January 2017. During this six week period, members of the public and partners were invited to give their thoughts and comments on the draft plan.

The draft Plan, together with a dedicated survey, was circulated via the OWL network to over 118,000 households across the county, community and voluntary groups, charitable organisations and support networks and to 200 victim organisations and 150 victims of crime who agreed to be contacted.

There was also significant publicity of my Plan on Social Media, through Facebook ( hertspcc) and Twitter (@hertspcc) which achieved over 25,000 total impressions and 479 engagements and a short clip was made of the Engagement Day to raise awareness of the draft Plan and to ask the public to share their views on how to make Hertfordshire safer. The Facebook video www.facebook.com/hertspcc/videos and associated clips reached approximately 33,000 people and was viewed over 21,500 times.

Throughout the development of the drat Plan, the Chief Constable and Chief Officers were invited to give feedback and to help shape ideas. As part of the consultation process I also raised awareness of the consultation by publicising it on the Constabulary's intranet, inviting all Police Officers and staff to comment and held twlight sessions with frontline staff.

In total 1,100 residents and stakeholders completed the survey about the Plan.

Getting involved
The Commissioner would like to thank all of those who expended the time and energy to read and respond to the consultation. As per the title of the plan, Everybody’s Business, he sees the need for the whole county to engage with Police and Crime issues and collectively to take responsibility for the reduction of crime and the increased safety of our communities. Therefore, please contact the Commissioner with any further ideas, suggestions or feedback on police and crime related matters in Hertfordshire.
 

What have I done so far

Annual Reports

The fourth Annual Report marks progress and key achievements made over the last year against the refreshed Police and Crime Plan, ‘Everybody’s Business’ (2015-2020).
Over the last year, significant progress has been made on key areas relating to plan’s four key strands of the Plan: Putting Victims at the centre; Public Focus; Offender Pays and Business Sense.

In summary of key achievements the report confirms crime has been kept low, with Hertfordshire remaining one of the safest places in the country. With a dedicated policing team in each borough and district, local policing remains protected, with better service delivered at lower costs via new technology and collaboration.

For the first time, the police precept of council tax was reduced – a move to only charge tax payers what is required to deliver a quality policing service. A consistent theme of victim support continues to run through many threads of the plan to ensure we understand the needs of crime victims and provide suitable services to meet these needs effectively.

The report gives a insightful view into the work that has been achieved over the last year and how the Constabulary is performing.  Now re-elected for a second term, the Commissioner remains dedicated the building upon results of the first, with a refreshed Police and Crime Plan due shortly which will set out his vision for community safety and criminal justice across Hertfordshire for the next four years.  Remaining at its core will be the notion that keeping people safe is ‘Everybody’s Business’ - achievable by collaboration right across public, private and voluntary sectors.