Firstly, I want to praise the emergency response from local partners to the flooding and adverse weather we have been experiencing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. These are worrying and stressful times for a large number of residents as they feel the effects of this severe weather, but I am reassured that everything is being done to protect communities and reduce the impact.
The start of 2014 has seen significant announcements being made that will have long-term impact on policing and crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
In January I launched my Commissioning Plan, inviting bids in from partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for the funding of services and activities that reduce offending and reoffending, and provide support to victims and witnesses across eight key areas. We had an extraordinary level of response, with 200 applications from a wide range of organisations across the two counties. Applications are now being reviewed and final allocations will be made at the beginning of March, following a two week appeal opportunity. [Read more]
The Government announced it is imposing a 2% cap on the policing part of the council tax precept. I have expressed by disappointment in the Government capping the increase at such as low level, especially as I had received overwhelming support from the public in support of a 3% rise. This has put a significant amount of pressure on an already squeezed budget. My decision is to increase the policing element of the council tax by 1.99% and will take £973,000 from our reserves to make up the shortfall[Read more].
This week Hampshire Constabulary released details of its plans to reshape policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight through its Operational Change Programme (OCP). The further £25million cuts imposed on the force by the Government means we have no choice but to plan for fewer officers and staff. But unlike some other areas of the country, neighbourhood policing, which I set a clear commitment for in my Police and Crime Plan, will be prioritised with dedicated resource. Partnership working will also be key to the Constabulary continuing to deliver a high quality policing service. This week's announcement of the plans within the OCP is just the beginning of discussions that need to take place to firm up how all organisations work together. [Read more]
The Chief Constable and I will continue to work together to build a force equipped to continue delivering on the priorities set out in the plan by improving frontline policing, putting victims and witnesses at the heart of policing, reducing crime, anti social behaviour and reoffending through partnership. I am looking forward to working with partners to help us to achieve this.
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Biggest Changes to policing in a generation announced by Hampshire Constabulary
• Vulnerable children and adults to get greater protection
• Fewer ‘abstractions’, where police officers who should be working within local communities are used to perform unrelated policing tasks
• £25m savings challenge means ‘no choice’ but further cuts
Reserves used to fill £1 million funding gap left by precept cap
Further to a 2% cap being imposed on the policing part of the council tax precept by Government, the Commissioner has announced that he will be contributing just under £1 million from reserves to make up a shortfall in police funding for the coming year.[Read more]
Commissioning Strategy launched
The Commissioner launched his Commissioning Strategy in Hampshire to an audience of community safety partners, and service provider organisations at an event on Friday, 17 January. [Read more]
Funding committed to Op Fortress
The Commissioner has pledged his continuing support to protect the residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight from the harm of drug-related violence. [Read more]
In his latest Commissioner’s Performance, Accountability, Scrutiny and Strategy (COMPASS) meeting on February 4, the Commissioner looked for reassurances from Chief Constable Andy Marsh that neighbourhood policing will remain a priority. [Read more]
Coming up in February and March
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Youth Commission Conference - 20 February
Youth Commission members will be presenting their findings from the 'Big Conversation' to the Commissioner.
The ‘Big Conversation’ was a three-month project that will see the 25 strong group descend upon the streets of Hampshire to capture the thoughts and views of young people.
Police and Crime Panel Meeting - 28 February
Reducing Reoffending Conference: Transforming Rehabilitation - new ideas, new structures - 7 March
The Commissioner and the High Sheriff of Hampshire are hosting a one day conference in Winchester. The event will fuel discussion and debate on the current thinking on the management of offenders and potential solutions to reducing future reoffending rates.
Victim Awareness Courses
The Commissioner is supporting a new initiative that aims to reduce reoffending and put victims of crime at the heart of the criminal justice system by making offenders think. [Read more]
Protecting People and Places Fund
The Commissioner has awarded a total of £35,940 to 11 projects across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to support his continuing commitment to reduce crime and prevent reoffending. [Read more]
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