Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader has frequently said how important it was to take on board the views of the public about community safety – and he has done just that within the final version of his Police and Crime Plan.
At the meeting of the Police and Crime Panel in Leicestershire today, members commented very positively on the changes he has made, and voted unanimously to accept and support his Plan.
In the past few months, Sir Clive has consulted widely with citizens and partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with a view to reflecting their experiences and wishes in his first Police and Crime Plan. As well as doing that, he has also made “significant changes” based on comments he had received from the Panel.
He commented: “I am delighted that after several months of hard work and focus on the development of the Plan, the Police and Crime Panel not only accepted my final version but decided to support it fully.”
The Chair of the Police and Crime Panel said that the members were very pleased to see the results and outcomes of what they had said. He went on to say: “The revisions and additions that have been made to the Plan demonstrate just how worthwhile the consultation process has been. It has brought valuable contributions from the public and partnersand from the Panel. We were pleased to accept and support it unanimously.”
Support from the Panel had also been given to the Commissioner in January regarding his budget. Members agreed then to both support the budget and his decision not to increase the precept – the share of the council tax that goes to policing.
Speaking of changes he has made as a result of the Panel’s observations and other feedback,Sir Clive said: “The biggest single area of change lies within partnership working. I, and my Office, could not have done more to reach further out and engage more deeply with those bodies and organisations with whom I am determined to work in close harmony and to the maximum effect.”
He said he had not been able to define all the important partnership issues in minute detail. But he asked the Panel to acknowledge that what was important was that his Plan expressed his intent and that of his Office to “play our own part in the critical area of partnership working.”
Sir Clive told the Panel that it was now time to get moving and deliver the Plan –and he asked for the members’ support on delivering its strategic priorities. “These priorities are key to allowing our communities to feel – and be – protected and safe as they go about their daily lives,” he said.
He concluded: “I am now very much looking forward to the delivery stage as part of this will involve increasing my contact and engagement with all elements of the community.”
Posted on Monday 9th May 2016