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Over 50 organisations from across the community landscape signed a pledge in support of Lord Willy Bach's Police and Crime Plan as it was unveiled at a launch held at the Salvation Army in Leicester on Thursday 23 March 2017.
Among a series of priority areas on which PCC intends to focus are those which impact on vulnerable members of society. These include alcohol and drug-related crime, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), domestic violence and abuse, hate crime, human trafficking, mental health, missing from home individuals and sexual violence.
The PCC’s plan identifies five key strands of opportunity which he calls“The Five V’s”:
The draft Police and Crime Plan was submitted to the Police and Crime Panel at their meeting held on Monday 5th December 2016 and provided the ‘core’ information on the Commissioner’s aims. The final plan will include some additional sections i.e. sections on the Commissioner’s Foreword, governance including holding the Chief Constable to account and information about Leicestershire Police. The final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel at the February 2017 meeting where formal recommendations from the Panel will be taken into consideration, and responded to, by the Commissioner.
Lord Willy Bach said: "This is my first Police and Crime Plan, but of course this Plan is also owned by the diverse communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
"As I developed my thoughts I drew on public feedback gained both during my election campaign and since taking over as Police and Crime Commissioner. I have also taken into account those views given to me through the consultation work we undertook earlier in the year. All of this has helped to shape this document which is, in effect, a blueprint for the strategic direction of policing and community safety over the coming years.
I have also taken into account ‘where we are now’ and what challenges the future might hold over the coming months and years. It is reassuring that we have a sound platform operationally and financially on which to build".
For previous versions of Police and Crime Plans for Leicestershire - please click HERE