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Monthly update from Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner
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The latest news from the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Monthly update: October 2016
PCC Philip Seccombe with the draft Police and Crime PlanThis month I have unveiled the first draft of my Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire, for consultation with communities and partners across the county. With the aim of creating a safer, more secure Warwickshire, the plan sets out my priorities for the next four years.

It will enable Warwickshire Police to transform to meet the changing nature of crime, with well-trained officers and staff supported by investment in state-of-the-art technology, while retaining strong, visible neighbourhood policing as its bedrock.

The plan also sets out how Warwickshire Police and my office will work with partner agencies to deliver improvements in community safety, with a specific focus on protecting the most vulnerable in society.

The document identifies four key objectives:


Putting victims and survivors first; Ensuring efficient and effective policing; Protecting people from harm; Preventing and reducing crime

Each objective sets specific and measurable aims for achievement and has been designed to take account of the feedback from the extensive eight-week public consultation that took place earlier this summer.  Overall I am very confident it will deliver a safer and more secure Warwickshire for residents, businesses and visitors.

As I work towards creating the final version, I am keen for further feedback, so I look forward to hearing from communities across Warwickshire over the next few weeks.

You can view the plan by clicking on the button below.

View the Draft Police and Crime Plan

You can submit feedback in the following ways:

The consultation will run until Friday, 28 October. I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Philip Seccombe
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Police services at Warwickshire Direct expanded

Warwickshire Direct and Warwickshire Police logosThe number of Warwickshire Direct locations offering police front counter services has doubled, with six new sites joining the existing six at locations at libraries across the county.

On October 1, the libraries at Lillington, Nuneaton, Polesworth, Wellesbourne, Whitnash and Wolston joined those at Alcester, Coleshill, Kenilworth, Shipston on Stour, Southam and Warwick in being able to offer access to police services.

This is alongside the existing borough council services in Atherstone and Bedworth, the justice centres in Nuneaton and Leamington Spa, and police stations in Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon. Overall, it means that public access to police front counter services has been significantly expanded.

Run in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, the Warwickshire Direct facilities have trained staff alongside computer terminals that people can use to find out information themselves. The libraries provide people with a single point of access to local information, advice and other key services, from applying for a disabled parking blue badge or asking about free school meals.

Police services offered include crime and incident reporting, putting you in touch with local officers, access to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, and reporting anti-social behaviour.

The locations were chosen following a review of current and anticipated demand. The aim is to make the best use of partnership resources and offer improved accessibility to members of the public wishing to use the service. The Warwickshire Direct service will be regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of the local community who want to contact the police.

This is excellent news and a good demonstration of how the police can work with partners to deliver improved services. Increasing the visibility and accessibility of the police in our local communities is a key commitment of my Police and Crime Plan, so I am delighted to be able to make this significant progress so quickly.
Turf cutting marks the start of major project
The turf cutting ceremony at West Mercia Police Headquarters, featuring junior cadets and pupils from the local primary school, as well as chief officers and PCCs from both forces and the Chief Fire Officer from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, who will also be sharing the new building at Hindlip.
Today (October 7) I was at Hindlip, West Mercia's headquarters in Worcester, for a turf cutting ceremony which marked the official launch of a £23.5 million project to provide a state-of-the-art Operations Communications Centre (OCC) for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.  Soon, work will also commence on our own new facility at Neville House in Warwick, as the plans for creating a single working model across the two sites progress. It is anticipated both will be completed by the end of next year, with the technology fully implemented by 2018.

Changes in technology, telecoms, estates and culture will mean officers and staff can work more efficiently and effectively. For the public, it will mean improved responses to emergencies and better opportunities to stay up to date on progress. 

The arrangement also means that both forces will enjoy greater resilience while retaining essential local links, knowledge and jobs, which is something I am sure the public will welcome.  I am very much looking forward to work beginning early next year on our new facility in Warwick, which mark the next phase in the project and another significant step forward in improving the service Warwickshire Police is able to give to the public.
Flying the Purple Flag in Leamington

Police, council officials and partners with the Purple Flag awardI'm delighted at the news that Leamington has achieved the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening and night time economy.  Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents. In their report the independent assessors who visited Leamington during the summer rated four areas; Going Out, Staying Safe, Your Town, Your Choice, Enhanced Police Initiatives and Street and Taxi Marshalls as excellent or outstanding.

The bid was led by Warwick District Council in partnership with Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire County Council, Street Pastors, Public Health Warwickshire, Bid Leamington, Shakespeare’s England, University of Warwick Students’ Union, Regent Court, Royal Priors, Warwick and Community Voluntary Action, Murphy’s Bar and The Assembly.

Gaining Purple Flag status is a huge achievement for Royal Leamington Spa and a first for Warwickshire. The award recognises the hard work that has gone into ensuring the night-time economy is safe and fun for all and demonstrates how the police, licensed premises, the local authority and other partners can work successfully together to deliver real improvements to the community. All involved should feel very proud of this achievement and I will be encouraging similar approaches across the rest of the county.
Hate Crime Awareness Week
Hate crime is everyone's problem - don't look away, don't ignore it, don't stay silentTomorrow (October 8) marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week, a national campaign which aims to encourage everyone to work together with communities affected by hate crime to stage awareness events.

Here in Warwickshire, the police and our partner agencies are holding a number of events next week at popular sites such as supermarkets to signpost the ways people can get help and advice.  Pledge cards - which ask people to declare that they will not tolerate hate crime, will report a hate crime if they see it occurring and, if they know someone who has been a victim, talk to them about reporting it - will be handed out along with advice and guidance on how to report hate crime and who to turn to for help.  I will be taking pledge boards and cards to my own meetings next week to help share that message.

There has been a large amount of work carried out already in Warwickshire through the countywide Hate Crime Strategy, which has seen the police and partners work together to raise awareness among the wider community that hate crime will not be tolerated, as well as providing advice and support services to help victims.  This is something that I very much endorse and have committed to supporting further in my new Police and Crime Plan.

I hope that Hate Crime Awareness Week will help to showcase the support that is available and give victims the confidence that the police take hate crime extremely seriously. Knowing that help is close by can make all the difference to people’s quality of life and I want to ensure that no-one is left feeling that they must suffer from hate crime in silence.

You can report a hate crime in confidence in any of the following ways:
  • In an emergency call 999
  • For non-emergencies, call 101
  • Report online to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk
  • Call in at a police station or stop a police officer in the street
  • Call Victim Support on 01926 682 693. You do not need to provide your name when reporting to Victim Support.
Find out more here: www.warwickshire.police.uk/hate-crime
National Police Memorial Day
Chief Constable Martin Jelley and Philip at St Paul's Cathedral
At the end of last month I attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London with Warwickshire Chief Constable Martin Jelley, to mark National Police Memorial Day (September 25). It was a poignant occasion which remembers police officers who have been killed or have died on duty and helps to demonstrate to relatives, friends and colleagues that they are not forgotten.

Our police officers do a difficult but extremely valuable job, and it’s important that we take the time to recognise their dedication and - on occasions like this - their sacrifice, though of course this is something that all of us involved with policing are aware of year-round.  Efforts are under way to create a lasting memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.  The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust has launched a national campaign to raise at least £4 million to design, build and maintain the new memorial - something which I think would be very fitting and I hope comes to fruition.

You can find out more at the Memorial Trust's website.
The month ahead

CalendarHere are some of the key events in my diary for the month ahead:

October 10: Visit to the 'Loudmouth' initiative, Nuneaton
October 11: Weekly meeting with the Chief Constable
October 11: Speaking at induction event for new police staff
October 14: Regional PCC meeting, Birmingham
October 17: Chief Officers/PCC planning day
October 18: Weekly meeting with the Chief Constable
October 19: Association of Police and Crime Commissioners board meeting
October 21: Alliance business and rural crime briefing
October 25: Weekly meeting with the Chief Constable
October 25: Place Partnership AGM
November 1: Weekly meeting with the Chief Constable

A full schedule of my key meetings and events is kept up-to date online at www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/event/

The next newsletter will be published on Friday, 4 November.
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