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Police and Crime Plan

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
14 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

Strong local policing

Our priorities

Recruiting more police officers, supporting neighbourhood policing and focussing on driving down the crimes that matter most to the public

Key aims:

  • Supporting Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • A focus on crime prevention
  • Improving communications with victims
  • Enhancing Community Speedwatch
  • Maintaining low levels of burglaries
  • Reducing levels of rural crime
  • Reducing levels of serious violence, including murder and other homicide
  • Reducing levels of neighbourhood crime and antisocial behaviour
  • Increasing confidence in victims to report domestic abuse
  • Maintaining the proportionate and appropriate use of stop and search to detect and deter crime
  • Improving 101 and other contact services
  • Regular community engagement to understand residents’ concerns
  • Working with the NHS and others to support the police in dealing with mental health issues
2

Fighting serious organised crime

Our priorities

Cracking down on the threat from "county lines" drugs gangs to protect children from exploitation and abuse

Key aims:

  • Continuing to develop the Violence Reduction Unit, identifying potential victims and perpetrators and enabling multi-agency interventions
  • Reducing deaths from knife crime
  • Increasing the number of disruptions and successful prosecutions for serious organised crime (SOC)
  • Ensuring focus on SOC groups involved with acquisitive crime and exploitation 
  • Ensuring regional resources are available to support local investigations
  • Supporting early intervention work to prevent young people becoming either perpetrators or victims of crime
3

Fighting cybercrime and fraud

Our priorities

Crime is changing and I will invest in the technology and resources the police need to protect the public online

Key aims:

  • Improving education and awareness to help the public protect themselves from becoming victims 
  • Working with national and regional partners to develop a more effective national response
  • Increasing confidence in reporting cyber and fraud offences, resulting in an increase in these crimes being recorded crimes
  • Increasing the number of successful cybercrime and fraud outcomes
  • Enhancing the expertise and capability within TVP and SEROCU to improve both prevention and investigation
4

Improving the criminal justice system

Our priorities

Supporting victims of crime, bringing more criminals to justice and reducing reoffending

Key aims:

  • Working with other criminal justice agencies to improve performance in dealing with crimes such as domestic abuse, rapes and serious sexual offences (RaSSO)
  • Improving victim satisfaction and experience of the criminal justice system
  • Increasing successful outcomes through the criminal justice system
  • Reducing reoffending in the Thames Valley
  • Supporting innovative projects in crime prevention and rehabilitation
  • Continuing to provide high quality support for victims through Victims First
5

Tackling illegal encampments

Our priorities

Ensuring a fair but firm response to illegal encampments and reducing the effect on our communities

Key aims:

  • Ensuring that the police and local authorities establish (and keep under review) a clear strategy to respond to illegal encampments
  • Reducing the number of illegal encampments across the Thames Valley
  • Working with local authorities on the appropriate provision of sites
  • Improving intelligence gathering and site security
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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
Full plan READ FULL PLAN
  • 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