Why do we have a plan?

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) must publish a Police and Crime Plan setting out the PCCs priorities and objectives for the policing area.

Thames Valley

The Thames Valley Police area is the largest non-metropolitan force area in England and Wales, covering the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

2.3 million Population population
18 Local authorities Local authorities
6 million Visitors a year Visitors a year
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My Police and Crime Plan provides the strategic priorities and objectives for crime and policing services across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats.

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The Plan draws upon a wide range of information from the police, community safety and criminal justice partners, the public and victims of crime. From this Plan the Chief Constable and other partners will develop their own annual service delivery plans.

How do we deliver our plan?

Cutting crime and making our community safer is a priority for all of us. As well as covering policing the unique role of the PCC extends further to include working with community safety and criminal justice partners to achieve the shared objectives of tackling crime, the causes of crime, and supporting victims.

To achieve our objectives the Office of the PCC work closely with

The PCC also has the following funds to help achieve his objectives (2018/19)

The PCC sets the policing council tax precept and receives the policing grant from the government which is then distributed to Thames Valley Police

£405.99 million

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Provided to local authorities to distribute to:

  • Community Safety Partnerships
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Drug and Alcohol Teams

£3 million

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10% of the Community Safety Fund is retained to facilitate local priorities and central commissioning of services, in line with the PCC’s strategic aims in his Police and Crime Plan

£400,000

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The PCC has commissioned services to support victims of crime in the Thames Valley

£2.76 million

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Provided to voluntary and community groups who help achieve the Police and Crime Plan objectives and reduce crime

£281,000

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My Police and Crime Plan provides the strategic priorities and objectives for crime and policing services across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats.

Full plan READ FULL PLAN

The Plan draws upon a wide range of information from the police, community safety and criminal justice partners, the public and victims of crime. From this Plan the Chief Constable and other partners will develop their own annual service delivery plans.

1

Vulnerability

Our priorities

Managing demand on services through working together

Key aims:

  • Improved recognition across the criminal justice system of mental health distress experienced by both victims and offenders, leading to referral pathways into appropriate support agencies, and improved access to mental health care for those in contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Better understanding by police and partners of the extent and nature of elder abuse, followed by positive action taken to address the issues uncovered.
  • Improved police awareness and robust prosecution of those practising 'more hidden' forms of abuse, including coercive control, stalking, harassment, honour based abuse (HBA) and forced marriage.
  • Improvements in criminal justice experience and outcomes for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
  • Ongoing assessment by police of the benefits arising from Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs), including the current arrangement of 9 MASHs serving Thames Valley.
2

Prevention and Early Intervention

Our priorities

Improving safeguarding in physical and virtual space

Key aims:

  • Coordinated efforts by police and partner agencies to improve public awareness of measures to protect themselves from cyber crime, particularly targeting those most of risk (such as those at either end of the age spectrum).
  • Increased focus by all agencies on preventing and tackling 'peer on peer' abuse.
  • A coordinated strategy between police, health and local authorities to tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Thames Valley, leading to improved reporting of FGM and evidenced approaches on prevention.
  • Improved reporting and understanding of the prevalence and nature of hate crime across Thames Valley.
  • Police and partners address road safety concerns, especially amongst vulnerable groups such as younger people, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Improved use of technology by police, in order to prevent crime and support earlier intervention with known offenders.
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Reducing Re-Offending

Our priorities

Targeting and managing harm and risk

Key aims:

  • A review by police and other criminal justice partners on whether processes for identifying and referring individuals in contact with the criminal justice system into substance misuse services are as effective as they could be.
  • Improved data sharing on gangs, with the aim of reduicng exploitation of young people through ganag membership and reducing and preventing violent crime, especially knife crime.
  • A modern offender management strategy for Thames Valley addressing gaps in exisiting schemes and tackling offenders across the crime spectrum who pose the greatest risk or threat of harm.
  • Identification and implementation of best practise in the management of perpetrators of domestic violence, particularly focussing on serial perpetrators.
4

Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism

Our priorities

Improving the local response

Key aims:

  • Coordinated public awareness messages, campaigns and approaches by police and local authorities tackling terrorism and serious organised crime at a local level.
  • Greater oversight across Thames Valley of activities to prevent violent extremism, share lessons learned and promote good practice.
  • A 'dare to share' culture across all agencies, public or private, voluntary or community, who deal with vulnerable young people and adults.
  • Better engagement and information sharing between police and organisations supporting vulnerable migrants and rough sleepers, with the aim of preventing exploitation by organised criminals.
5

Police Ethics and Reform

Our priorities

Increasing the pace of change

Key aims:

  • Improved routes into services from police and other agencies for victims and witnesses who require support.
  • Clarification of processes for referring on issues that sit best with other authorities.
  • Encourage accelerated up-take of new technology in order to prevent, reduce and detect crime.
  • Development of strategies to improve perceptions of police among young people
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Overarching objectives

  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of policing and other services
  • Improve partnership working and make effective use of collaboration opportunities
  • Adopt evidence based services/approaches
  • Improve transparency
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  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of policing and other services
  • Improve partnership working and make effective use of collaboration opportunities
  • Adopt evidence based services/approaches
  • Improve transparency
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