Police commissioner sets out priorities for next four years

Anthony Stansfeld
Anthony Stansfeld

Members of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel have given their backing to draft proposals that form the basis of policing and crime reduction plans for Thames Valley over the next four years.

At their meeting last Friday, panel members endorsed the draft Police and Crime Plan submitted by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld.

Priorities are as follows:

>Cut crimes that are of most concern to the public and protect the most vulnerable community members;

>Increase the visible presence of the police and partners to cut crime and the fear of crime and reassure communities;

>Protect the public from harm arising from serious organised crime and terrorism;

>Communicate and engage with the public in order to cut crime and the fear of crime, and build trust and confidence with communities;

>Work with criminal justice partners to reduce crime and support victims and witnesses;

>Ensure policing, community safety and criminal justice services are delivered efficiently and effectively.

Panel chairman Trevor Egleton said: “The panel will use the plan and its objectives as a framework to hold the commissioner to account over the next four years. We were pleased to note that many of our earlier comments on the plan had been taken into account.”

The panel, whose role is to scrutinise and support the work of the PCC, is made up of one councillor from each authority in the Thames Valley police area plus two co-opted members.

The final plan is due to be published by Sunday.