NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016
In this edition of my newsletter you can read about:
- Launch of my Police and Crime Plan;
- Cumbria’s Independent Custody Visitor Scheme;
- Property and Community Funding Awards;
- Public Engagement Events
Police and Crime Plan
In my last newsletter I told you about the consultation we carried out over the summer, in order to understand what your policing priorities are. Since then, I used this feedback to develop the Plan, along with the views of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Panel. I am delighted now to say that we launched the Plan on 28 November. You can read the plan on my website
. Alternatively, if you would like a hard copy, please get in touch with my office using the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.
Independent Custody Visitor Scheme
As part of my remit, I operate an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme which currently has 45 volunteers. The scheme enables independent members of the local community to make weekly unannounced visits to check on the welfare of people in police custody. In the period June to September 2016 the visitors carried out a total of 63 visits and spoke to or observed 121 detainees in custody. During October the four Panels held one of their 4 monthly meetings when they talked about the visits they had carried out and raised any issues identified. These were then discussed with the local custody inspector.
As part of the scheme our volunteers have the opportunity to attend a North West regional conference. This year it was held on 15 October held at Haydock Park. The day provided seminar and training sessions relating to custody visiting and 18 of our volunteers attended.
If you would be interested in volunteering to be one of our Independent Custody Visitors you can find out more information on our website
Property Fund Applications
In October, I reviewed applications for funds from my property fund, and I am happy to say that I was able to award almost £3,000 to local community groups from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Fund.
The Property Fund was established to reinvest money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Local community groups together with their Community Policing Teams make applications for funding for various projects and initiatives, and put the money to good use for the positive benefit of our communities.
This time round, the following groups were successful:
|Ulverston Otters Amateur Swimming Club
|Gosforth Amateur Dramatic Society
|Wigton Youth Station
I was really pleased to see such a variety of community groups coming forward for funding in conjunction with their Community Policing Teams. The awards include providing support to sporting and recreational clubs which give young people a great opportunity to keep busy and healthy, as well as funding for some of the most vulnerable groups in our communities.
In early December I was fortunate to visit Gulliver House, which is run by Turning Point, in Whitehaven. Gulliver House is a 24 hour supported living, recovery and rehabilitation service in West Cumbria that provides intensive support to nine individuals with significant mental health issues to encourage them to take control over their own life situation
If you would like to make an application to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Fund, please contact your local Community Policing Team and they will be able to work with you through the criteria and process. The closing date for the next round of applications is 28 February 2017.
For more information, please see my website http://www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/working-for-you/property-fund.aspx
Community Fund Applications
Another funding option for local communities that meet the eligibility criteria is my Community Fund, which is specifically for access by the local community, third sector and voluntary groups within Cumbria. It is aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community.
The fund is particularly looking to support organisations which believe they can have an impact on the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan:-
- Anti- Social Behaviour - including Alcohol- Related Offending
- Youth Justice
- Rural Crime
- Domestic Abuse
- Sexual Violence
- Support for Victims
- Preventing Re-offending
- Hate Crime which encompasses hate, disability, sexual orientation, race, transgender, and religion
- Cyber Crime
The objective is to support community groups to deliver a change within their community which benefits members and supports the Police and Crime Plan.
Following my review of applications in the autumn, I am very pleased to be able to provide funding to the following groups:
|Maryport Amateur Boxing Club
|Cumbria Youth Alliance
|Age UK West Cumbria
|Appleby Heritage Centre
|Colton Parish Council
|Mirehouse Residents Group
|Ragged Edge Productions
Triple A Project (CROPT) £10,000
In November I was really pleased to visit the Appleby Heritage Centre to see the training they provide for young people, because it is a great example of what my Community Fund is designed to do – in that we are funding a project that is within the local community for the benefit of that community. Their application appealed to me because I am a firm believer that they can deliver relevant and practical education and training to enable young drivers to drive safely and responsibly.
The aim of the training is for our young people to be more informed about road safety, appropriate driving behaviours and attitudes, as well as understanding the impact of anti-social behaviour on others and themselves. Participants will also learn how to carry out safety checks and repairs on their own vehicles, as well as what they need to do to meet legal standards. All in all it is a really comprehensive package which I am sure will reap great benefits and make our roads safer and ultimately save lives.
The closing date for the next round of applications is Monday 3 April 2017. For more information, please see my website for more information: http://www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/working-for-you/community-fund.aspx
During November I carried out a number of public drop-in events, giving people the opportunity to come along and have a chat about policing, and raise any issues they might have. I have been to the Auction Marts at Longtown and J36, Crooklands, the Network Centre in Millom, the Local Links Centre in Silloth. Some of the issues raised at these events included concerns about the 101 system, rural crime/poaching, speeding/anti-social driving, and fears about the future funding effecting numbers of police officers.
As with any complaints I receive through email, calls and letters about quality of service issues, I feed this sort of intelligence back to the Chief Constable’s office, so that they are aware of what people are experiencing. It also gives them the opportunitiy to look at some of their processes and see how they might improve. In respect of the concerns over the response times for the 101 non-emergency service, this is something I am keeping an eye on, and am receiving weekly reports from the Chief Constable on how the Communications Centre is performing and what steps they are taking to manage response times.
Police and Crime Commissioner
Forthcoming engagement dates for your diary:
||Public Accountability Conference, Carleton Hall, Penrith
||Public Drop-In – Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale 10am – Noon.
||Anniversary of The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Services Launch, Media event
- Public Drop-in – Market Hall, Wigton 15:30 – 17:30
- Town Council Meeting, Wigton - Evening
||Festive Friday Walkabout in Carlisle from 3pm
||Quarterly meetings with district councils
||Speaking Engagement at the Probus Club, Penrith
||Police and Crime Panel Meeting, Penrith
||Speaking Engagement, National Holocaust Memorial Day, Dalston
||The ‘Big Sleep’ Charity Event, Cumbria Foundation Winter Warmth appeal