Newsletter from Peter McCall
My first 100 days
As expected it has been a busy first 100 days! I am incredibly impressed by all the hard work and dedication that goes on not just in the police but across other agencies in order to keep us all safe on a daily basis. Often this is in difficult circumstances and with a real threat of harm.
It is a privilege to meet people across the county and this is something that I am keen to continue to do as I am here to represent the people of Cumbria. I would like to thank all the people that I have met or that have written to me for taking the time to let me know their concerns or take part in the Police and Crime Plan consultation. You will appreciate that resources won’t allow us to do all I would wish but you can read about the outcome of the Consultation in the next section.
As Commissioner, I am able to support local projects making a real difference to peoples’ lives and ultimately working to break the cycle of offending. I have seen first-hand how successful this can be. The Well in Barrow is an excellent example where offenders are given support by reformed ex-offenders and they are starting to build lives again outside of criminal activities. The Carlisle Youth Zone is another great example of community in action to prevent crime. There are many more good examples across the county.
Many of you tell me that you would like to see a more visible police presence. I have started work with the Chief Constable to see what this may look like in the future although I am mindful that there may still some significant funding issues to address around any changes in the funding formula but I am absolutely committed to protecting police officer numbers.
I am keen to continue to further develop the excellent work that has been started to support victims of crime in the county. Alongside this I am looking at developing work around stopping people becoming involved in crime. I will be looking to launch a Youth Commission in the next few weeks that will give young people from 18 to 26 the opportunity to have a voice and to be heard.
I am going to spend as much time as possible out in the community talking to you so please come and let me know your concerns and thoughts on policing.
Overall, we are incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated and highly professional police force working hard to make Cumbria even safer. But we all have a part to play in fighting crime and we are much more powerful when we fight crime and criminals together.
Police and Crim Plan Consultation - ‘Your Priorities, Your Plan’
As I mentioned above, I initiated a public consultation in order to understand what your policing priorities are. I said that I was keen to engage with as many people and community groups as possible and hopefully I have given a flavour of how I have done this in the summary of my first 100 days above. The consultation ran from 20 June until 12 August, and involved an on-line and paper survey, as well as a number of surgeries and roadshows in the county where myself and some of my staff encouraged people to share their views with us. I also held an on-line meeting, to offer an alternative way of engaging with me.
A brief summary of the results is as follows:
The questionnaire that was created asked people to select from the list below, what they believed the top five policing priorities for Cumbria should be.
• Ensuring the police tackle crime and anti-social behaviour;
• Improving services for people with mental health conditions and reduce the demand of crisis situations on the police;
• Improving victims’ experience of reporting a crime and the criminal justice system;
• Increasing the ability to report crime online and through apps;
• Increasing the cases where an offender makes amends for a crime (eg. Repairs damage, repays costs, apologises to the victim);
• Providing a visible police presence;
• Raising awareness about cyber-crimes (any crime committed against or using the internet, a computer or other electronic equipment);
• Support initiatives which give young people a good start in life, to prevent crime and disorder;
• Tackling anti-social road use (eg. Driving, parking);
• Tackling domestic abuse;
• Tackling grooming and child sexual exploitation;
• Tackling rural crime;
• Working with emergency services to look at ways to collaborate more.
A total of 630 people completed the survey and the top five priorities were:
- Ensuring the police tackle crime and anti-social behaviour;
- Providing a visible police presence;
- Tackling grooming and child sexual exploitation;
- Tackling domestic abuse;
- Improving services for people with mental health conditions and reduce the demand of crisis situations on the police.
This is all really useful information for me, and part of the wider research I have been carrying out during this consultation. I will use these results, along with the feedback from other stakeholders and partners, the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Panel, to help shape my Plan. The next steps are that I will be working with the Chief Constable to look at the future shape of Cumbria’s police force to see how we can achieve this within the funds available. Once my Plan has been finalised, I plan to publish it in the autumn.
Just because the consultation has ended, it does not mean I no longer want to hear from you if you have any views or thoughts about policing matters, do please feel free to get in touch with me – which you can do in a variety of way:
- You can email me at email@example.com;
- You can write to me at OPCC, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AU;
- You can call the office on 01768 217734.
I plan to hold another series of public surgeries and other engagement events in the autumn, so look out for information about that in my next Newsletter! Meanwhile, you can read about some of the forthcoming engagement events already in the diary below.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner
Forthcoming engagement dates for your diary:
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01768 217734 www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk
- Public Accountability Conference (7/9)
- Westmorland Show (8/9)
- South Lakes Parish Councils Speaking Engagement (8/9)
- Barrow-in-Furness Emergency Services Open Day (11/9)
- Cumbria Pride, Carlisle (17/9)
- Carlisle Partnership Forum AGM (30/9)
- Community Fund awards (TBC)
- Strategic Independent Advisory Group meeting (4/10)
- Public Accountability Conference (5/10)
- Hate Crime Production ‘Feel the Hate’ (dates TBC) to tie in with Hate Crime Awareness Week (8-15/10)
- Advocates Against Abuse Training event (10 Oct)
- Police and Crime Panel Meeting (11/10)
- Joint Barrow and Ulverston Neighbourhood Watch meeting/speaking engagement (18/10)
- Speaking Engagement Penrith Rotary Club (21/10)
- The Well Open Day, Barrow-in-Furness (26/10)