The overall approach to tacking crime and anti-social behaviour requires effective partnerships with the police – in collaboration with local residents and representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector. This approach is the foundation of my vision.
We need to improve our communication channels to make it easier and faster to report crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) to the Police and appropriate agencies.
68% of residents in my Crime and Policing Survey did not agree that it was easy to report crime and 34% who had been a victim of crime in the last year failed to report it to the police.
The College of Policing has estimated that for any given force between 60-80% of the demand on police time comes from non-crime related incidents.
Residents are often confused about where to report issues, be it the Police, Council, Fire or Health Service. As a result, the Force is experiencing significant and increasing demands for non-crime related incidents. These are often linked to issues of vulnerability, public protection and safeguarding.
- Procure technological solutions to enable officers to gather information about victims, offenders and locations to enable them to target resources efficiently and effectively.
- Encourage the public to report issues to the appropriate agencies.
- Lobby to improve responsiveness of 101 service.
We need to invest in research; evaluation of initiatives and analytical capacity to provide timely and accurate information of what works and facilitate evidence led practice.
- Use data to inform decision making, target resources to areas of high demand and risk, to tackle crime and protect victims.
- Provide suitable resources for collecting, compiling, analysing and disseminating data.
- Improve data and intelligence sharing between agencies.
We will use intelligence and data to inform our local decision making and response.
- Invest in analytical capacity for the development of thematic and geographic problem solving.
- Champion the adoption of problem-solving approaches between partners.
- Invest in appropriate architectural liaison capacity to design out crime in housing estates, town centres, car parks, children’s homes, housing estates etc.
We need to work with a wide range of partners to reduce crime, victimisation, offending and anti-social behaviour.
- Involve key stakeholders and partners at all levels (nationally, regionally and locally) to address crime trends, root causes and break inter-generational cycles of harm.
- Support the roll out of multi-agency Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) hubs to help build cohesive and resilient communities.