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Suffolk: Blueprint for county’s policing unveiled

10:28 18 January 2013

Tim Passmore at his desk as Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tim Passmore at his desk as Police and Crime Commissioner.

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SUFFOLK’S first Police and Crime Commissioner today unveiled his blueprint for policing the county.

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Among the pillars on which Tim Passmore’s vision is based are ensuring emergency response times are met, improving detection rates, reducing anti-social behaviour, and caring for victims and the vulnerable.

Mr Passmore – who was elected in November – is also pledging to keep to his campaign promise of not raising the precept the constabulary receives from Suffolk’s council tax.

However, he acknowledged this will have an impact on a force which has already had to make cuts of £14million, with further substantial savings to come.

Mr Passmore said his four overarching objectives are set against a backdrop of falling crime in the county, despite the cutbacks.

According to constabulary figures there were 4,330 (12%) fewer offences reported to Suffolk police between April and December last year, compared to the same period in 2011. The drop has resulted in the lowest level of offences for a decade.

The mainstay of Mr Passmore’s police and crime plan is to make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest.

The force is committing itself to get to at least nine out of ten emergency incidents within 15 minutes in urban environment, and 20 minutes in rural ones.

It will give priority to detecting more offences, particularly sexual assaults, burglaries, robberies and serious violent attacks.

In order to help achieve this, additional manpower will be deployed in specialist teams tackling burglaries and sex offences.

Solving the problems caused by drugs and alcohol will also be high on the agenda.

Victims of anti-social behaviour are to be given more say on the punishment of perpetrators, under a new Community Remedy measure.

Suffolk Constabulary will also look at introducing a police apprenticeship scheme for young people, as well as more police cadet schemes

This dovetails with Mr Passmore’s acknowledgment that confidence in criminal justice system among victims needs to be higher.

On the roads speed enforcement, particularly the community speedwatch scheme, will continue in a bid to reduce accidents and keep Suffolk’s main travel arteries flowing for businesses. The plan makes no direct reference to static speed cameras.

Ways in which waterways can be policed more effectively will also be investigated.

Much of the overall strategy will go hand-in-glove with the work of the 29 safer neighbourhood teams in the county.

Mr Passmore said: “I believe that we all have a part to play in making Suffolk a safe, vibrant and thriving community where people want to live, work, travel and invest. To achieve this we must provide a police service that is responsive, visible, and accessible to all our communities, and treats everyone with fairness and respect.

“I believe that neighbourhood policing is the cornerstone of policing, and I will ensure that our Safer Neighbourhood teams are preserved in Suffolk, and remain accessible in the heart of our communities.”

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4 comments

  • I didn't notice any commitment to continue funding for the prevention of wildlfe crime (or for its detection)! Is our PCC awaiting instructions from his masters in the Conservative party?

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    John Shirley

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • "Community remedy" ? Sort of bring back the stocks ? How widespread has the application of Family Intervention Tenancies been ? Have Housing assns been pulling their weight in the three party strategy to combat anti social behaviour ? (Police Council Housing assn) When Universal Credit is introduced will Theft Laws be used against tenants who pocket housing benefits instead of paying rent ? Will Common Law Constable powers to arrest to prevent further breach of the peace be used in anti social behaviour cases ? And offenders be taken before justices to be bound over ? I see no evidence of vision in the plan. But Judges may take a view on sharing their prerogative to set sentences.

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    Gezoo

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • To add, I think it is by April that councils have to produce a strategy re tenancies under the Localism Act 2011. This will impact on the security of tenure situation which is bound to have implications for anti social tenants. As a private landlord I am already planning to offload my tenants on to the council if they so much as pocket the first rent payment they receive direct under Universal Credit. In areas with landlord licensing then thoughts are to offload antisocial tenants on to the local authority. So the notion of community remedy may soon become an anachronism. Reduced rights of tenure will mean that problems can be shifted away from the suffering community. Where to ? In Cheshire there is a long history of a housing assn deliberately never using Family Intervention Tenancies and placing anti social tenants in houses next door to owner occupiers ... so they don't get a victim tenant next door to the ASBOs. Plus by avoiding Family Intervention Tenancies the owner occupiers plaged by anti social neighbours can't cite the history of the anti socials in their previous tenancies. In the North West (Manchester etc) many suffering estates see Police as a major part of the anti social problem. It is widely thought that if police stopped protecting (read enabling) anti social behaviour perpetrators then long suffering locals would very soon remedy the problems.

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    Gezoo

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I’m struggling to see what’s different to what is currently being provided. All this for £1.2m (annual cost of PCC). That would pay for another 40 officers. Is this money well spent ? Also report is very general, and lacks detail on how objectives would be achieved.

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    glen t

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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