Police and crime commissioner’s plan is given the green light

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The police and crime commissioner’s plan on how to tackle crime and policing issues in the area has been given the green light.

Sir Clive Loader received formal approval of his revised police and crime plan following an in-depth question and answer session at a panel meeting, where members unanimously backed the refreshed version.

Since taking on the role in January, Sir Clive consulted widely with members of the public and organisations with a view to reflecting their experiences and wishes in his plan, as well as making changes based on comments he had received from the panel.

Changes to the original plan, which was drawn up at the end of March, include combining two sections, which previously focused separately on police and partnership. The revised plan has a clear focus on the reduction of offending, and reoffending; the need to provide appropriate support to victims and witnesses; safer communities and the protection of vulnerable people.

There is also a clearer plan on how targets can be achieved in local communities.

Members of the panel identified with the changes, particularly with the increased emphasis on partnership working.

Sir Clive said: “The panel’s appreciation of the changes that we have made to the plan was warmly welcomed by me and my team, all of whom have invested a great deal in creating a plan that identifies with, and reflects the needs of, our communities.

“They agreed with me that the police cannot work in isolation. We need the support of our partners and the public.

“The latest version of the plan reflects the importance of having our partners working alongside the police and each other. It illustrates what I have long said: I am commissioning outcomes, not services, and I am confident that we have the right formula moving forward.

“I believe that it is evident to anyone reading it that this refreshed version of the plan has been designed around people and how we can meet their expectations. It shows that we have listened and we have learned – now all that we need to do is deliver.”