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Humberside PCC Sets Out First Crime Plan

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9:23am 20th March 2017
(Updated 2:18pm 20th March 2017)

Humberside Police's Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter has published his first Crime Plan. 

It sets out his strategic aims for the 'community safety landscape' in the Humebrside Force area for the next four years.

The plan adopts a changed approach from the Police and Crime it replaces. Hunter is keen to work with the force and partner agencies to further develop a joined up approach, across agencies.

The three key aims of the PCC's Police and Crime Plan are:

  • To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
  • To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
  • To provide services for victims and the most vulnerable that meet their needs

Introducing his Plan, Keith Hunter said:

"This is my first Police and Crime Plan following my election as Police and Crime
Commissioner for the Humberside Police area in May 2016.

The Police and Crime Plan of my predecessor covers the period April 2013 to March 2017 and it is my duty to produce another covering the period April 2017 to March 2021.

As an elected representative of the people I have a duty to act as an advocate for thepublic I represent.

That does not mean merely acting as a conduit for complaints about policing delivery, but interpreting the experiences of the public and partners and planning strategic approaches that will lead to sustainable improvements in service delivery, whilst ensuring the style of delivery matches, as closely as possible, public expectation.

I have 35 years of experience working within criminal justice agencies domestically and
internationally and will apply my knowledge and understanding to get the best service
possible for the people of this area.

Public bodies have faced years of funding cuts and the police are no exception. Services have had to adapt and change as a result but reduced funding in public services does eventually have consequences.

Those who receive services feel the effects. The current financial outlook remains challenging for policing and bleak for local authorities and so a key challenge for service providers is to maintain the confidence and support of the public during this period of significant change.

The dangers of a disenchanted and disenfranchised population are well evidenced and
confidence is hard won and easily lost.

For that reason, my Plan addresses the broad challenge of securing and maintaining public confidence whilst working to deliver services to the public that meet their needs.

Delivering community safety is a hugely complex endeavour involving not just the police
but many different statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as the public themselves, so
the approach adopted cannot be simplistic.

The leaders entrusted with delivering community safety together should be clear though, about what we want to achieve and how we will work towards it.

The overall approach of this plan is to encourage the changes that are the key to
delivering better results.

Merely trying harder with potentially fewer resources will inevitably lead to failure. So, this Police and Crime Plan does not identify simplistic or populist solutions, it does not illustrate the complexity of delivery or attempt to list all activities the police will carry out; it is focussed on promoting long-term improvement in
service to the public."

Listen to Keith Hunter's interview with Yorkshire Coast Radio's Alex Taylor here:

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