The voices of citizens and partners play an important part in Sir Clive Loader’s final Police and Crime Plan for Leicestershire and Rutland, which he will present on Monday to members of the Police and Crime Panel.
Changes that he has made to his original draft echo, where possible, feedback he has received from partners and the public since January.
“I am now looking forward to delivering my Plan, working with the public and partners – as well as the police of course - to deliver a safer Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland,” he said.
“At the same time, I will continue to build on feedback from all sections of the community. Although I have developed my Plan to cover the next four years, I intend to refresh it in September. I have always said that its content is not written in stone and that it needs to take on board different and evolving needs and situations to ensure that our communities are safe.”
After spending four intensive months on producing the Plan, the Commissioner now intends to step up his visits to - and meetings with - local communities. “It’s a crucial part of my role that I hear directly from them what is going on in their neighbourhoods and see for myself what the issues are in their area,” he said.
“Listening to our citizens and understanding what is important to them is the first step towards finding solutions and taking effective action on their behalf.”
The Commissioner’s Plan has six main themes aimed at improving community safety and driving down crime. These are:
· Reducing crime
· Making our communities and neighbourhoods safer
· Mental health and wellbeing issues
· Dealing with offending and reoffending
· Supporting victims and witnesses
· Protecting the vulnerable in our society.
As well as reducing all types of crime, his Plan’s policing priorities include providing a good quality of service and response to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as creating a safe and supportive environment for the reporting of child abuse and sexual exploitation.
Other priorities include the demonstration of positive outcomes for victims of recorded domestic abuse, for victims of serious sexual offences, and for victims of recorded hate crimes.
Sir Clive said Leicestershire Police has continued to drive down crime in recent years despite reductions in budget. He commented: ”This has increased the safety and security of our residents – and it is my vision that the Force will be ranked amongst the most effective police forces in the country.”
Posted on Monday 9th May 2016