What difference will we make?


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By Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, at the Community Justice Cymru conference 2013.

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What difference will we make?

  1. 1. What Difference will we make? Alun Michael Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
  2. 2. Duties of the Commissioner • Produce Police and Crime Plan, setting out priorities • Scrutinise, support and challenge performance • Set police budget and precept • Appoint Chief Constable • Account to the Police and Crime Panel • Investigate complaints against Chief Constable • Give a voice to the public, especially victims • Collaborate with other forces and agencies
  3. 3. Oath of Office • I will serve all the people of South Wales in the office of Police and Crime Commissioner. • I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public. • I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice. • I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public. • I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers.
  4. 4. Strategic Priorities • Be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime • Put co-operative values into practice • Pursue social justice as well as justice • To both hold the police to account and protect the police from political interference • Using evidence-based, partnership approach to see “what works” • Local Authority is key – plus NHS, Fire Service, Community organisations, business
  5. 5. Election Pledge: Simple Language • Clear, simple communication with the public – Cut down on acronyms – Abolish the use of „PCC‟
  6. 6. Chief Inspector backs South Wales approach • Tom Winsor, the new Chief Inspector of Police says: • Police priority must be to cut crime • Cutting crime is for everyone, not just police • Partnership is essential Together we can achieve more than we can achieve alone
  7. 7. Crime reduction at local level Why co-operative working is central to my work: • Crime and Disorder partnerships: introduced in Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Section 17: Duty to consider crime and disorder implications. (1)Without prejudice to any other obligation imposed on it, it shall be the duty of each authority to which this section applies to exercise its various functions with due regard to the likely effect of the exercise of those functions on, and the need to do all that it reasonably can to prevent, crime and disorder in its area.
  8. 8. Commissioner‟s Duties Police Reform Act 2011……………………. 1. The Police & Crime Commissioner must, in exercising his functions, have regard to the relevant priorities of each responsible authority. 2. The Commissioner, in exercising his functions, and a responsible authority, in exercising its functions conferred by or under section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in relation to that police area, must act in co-operation with each other. 3. The Commissioner, and the criminal justice bodies which exercise functions as criminal justice bodies in that police area, must make arrangements (so far as it is appropriate to do so) for the exercise of functions so as to provide an efficient and effective criminal justice system for the police area.
  9. 9. Criminal Justice Bodies • The third legal requirement applies to: – The Crown Prosecution Service – Courts Service – Prisons – Youth Offending Team – Probation ………..as well as the Police
  10. 10. Crime & Disorder Reduction Plan – a Justice Reinvestment Approach Police & Crime Plan Force Delivery Plan BCU Delivery Plan Local Community Youth Offending 18-25 Violence Reduction NHS & Drugs & Alcohol Mental Health Violence against women & girls Specific Communities Partnership Working Partnership Working Partnership Working Strategic Outcomes Key Performance BCU Delivery on BOTH Variable Detail/Nuance Synergy of Policing Plan & Chief Constable‟s vision Peter Vaughan‟s delivery of “line of sight” Local & evidence of need Anti- Social Behaviour
  11. 11. Development Priorities 1. Crime Reduction and Prevention 2. Working with the Criminal Justice System 3. Strong, swift response to anti-social behaviour 4. Youth Offending and Youth Justice 5. Improving the prospects for the 18-25 age group 6. Putting victims at the heart of our work 7. Tackling violence against women and girls 8. Understanding and addressing the needs of older people
  12. 12. Development Priorities 9. Working with partners on the causes of crime 10.Making it easier for the public to communicate with the police 11.Tackle online crime, including child abuse 12.Restorative Justice 13.Road Safety 14.Making the public feel safer 15.Equality, Diversity and Poverty
  13. 13. Peelian Principles REMINDER …….. • The purpose of the police is to cut crime – to reduce offending and cut reoffending • The police are the public and the public are the police Those are our priorities too
  14. 14. …an additional principle? • A tenth Peelian principle? “Understand the real levels of crime, not just what is reported, and share this knowledge with the public to reduce the fear of crime.”
  15. 15. www.southwalescommissioner.org.uk @commissionersw