Agenda and minutes

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101.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2020.

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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner proposed several amendments to the minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2019.

 

Following a discussion, Councillor Hackett proposed and Councillor Haydon seconded that these minutes be reviewed and brought before the next scheduled meeting of the panel.

102.

Declarations of Interest

Members will be asked to make any declaration of interest in respect of items on this agenda.

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Councillor Dewhirst declared a personal interest in relation to Kings Kerswell Community Speedwatch.

103.

Public Questions

To receive questions from (and provide answers to) members of the public that are relevant to the panel’s functions.

 

Questions should be no longer than 100 words and sent to Democratic Support, Plymouth City Council, Floor 3, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ or democratic.support@plymouth.gov.uk

 

Questions must be received at least 5 complete working days before the meeting.

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There were no questions from members of the public.

104.

Proposed Precept, Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2020/21 - 2023/24 (to follow) pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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The Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez introduced the proposed Precept, Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2020/21-2023/24.

 

The report considered the future four-year financial position for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable and presented the Commissioners Council Tax Precept recommendation for 2020/21.

 

The Commissioner highlighted:

 

·       The continuing efforts to ensure grant allocation from government is maximised;

·       That there was now greater political certainty following the recent General Election, which provided greater financial certainty as a Police Force;

·       The changing dynamic to policing with more officers on the front line bringing new ways of thinking about being more digitally connected and mobile;

·       The Chief Constables four-year strategy to change the mix of the skills within the force.

 

The commissioner presented a short video to the panel and highlighted the collaborative work that had been undertaken, including the opening of new offices in Exeter and a transformation of the way people work and the culture within the Police force.

 

The Commissioner also highlighted:

·       The recent award presented to Devon and Cornwall Police for its partnership with Operation Encompass, a scheme supporting children affected by Domestic Abuse – this award reflects that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration. The Commissioner thanked members of the panel for their work with local schools;

·       The high expectations amongst our communities in terms of how policing was delivered – an additional 126 officers would be in place by the end of March 2020;

·       That if the full uplift was received from government then new recruits would make up a third of our police service – a recruitment of over 900 new officers over the past few years;

·       The blue light responders introduced to increase visible presence in rural and coastal communities; this included four Police Fire Community Support Officers in North Devon and seven Community Responders (Special Constables combined with Retained Fire Officers);

·       The introduction of the Rural Crime Team to Devon and Cornwall;

·       The cutting edge technology employed by the force, including drones and tasers, bodycams and the digital dogs;

·       The enabling of over 250 new CCTV cameras in our towns;

·       Current crime prevention initiatives including:

·       Pathfinder, a deferred caution scheme;

·       Collaborations with criminal justice partners through supported accommodation and life skills for ex-offenders;

·       Access to a network of organisations for victims, including services specifically for young victims of crime who often do not feel empowered to report their experiences;

·       Specialist services for victims of criminal violence;

·       Road safety and Operation Snap;

·       The new Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, a collaborative approach to reducing deaths on our roads;

·       The continuing work to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking

 

·        Violent crime in the peninsula was on the increase, with 40% of recorded crimes including acts of violence – there was a need therefore to tailor the policing approach to the particular attributes of this part of the country. The challenges of the summer in particular were the basis for the application to the special grant bid to Government, a decision on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 104.

105.

Police and Crime Commissioner's Update Report pdf icon PDF 456 KB

To review matters arising and progress made since the last Panel meeting in September 2019.

 

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Alison Hernandez (PCC) shared with the Panel that Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton was in the Queen’s Honours and was awarded an OBE this year.

 

The Panel noted the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Update Report.

106.

Devon and Cornwall Police's Approach to Rural Crime pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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The Panel noted the report on the Devon and Cornwall Police approach to Rural Crime.

 

107.

Delivery of the Road Safety Strategy and National Update pdf icon PDF 546 KB

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The Panel noted the report on the Delivery of the Road Safety Strategy and National Update.

108.

Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner's Performance Report pdf icon PDF 631 KB

To receive an overview of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s assessment of current performance against the strategic indicators for the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2020.

 

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The Panel noted the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Performance Report.

109.

Complaints Against the Police and Crime Commissioner Received Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To receive an update on complaints received and handled up to January 2020.

 

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The panel raised concerns about a lack of understanding on some of these complaints detailed in the report

 

Councillor Derrick raised concerns about how the Commissioner may have made political statements during the Pre Election Period.

 

Fran Hughes (Chief Executive) reminded members that it was inappropriate to discuss details of complaints as one complaint was still being investigated.

 

The Police and Crime Panel noted the report on Complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner.

110.

Future Work Programme (discussion)

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The Police and Crime Panel agreed to discuss the future Work Programme at a later date.

111.

Future meeting dates

To approve the proposed meeting dates for the municipal year 2020-21.

 

·         Friday 03 July 2020

·         Friday 14 August 2020

·         Friday 25 September 2020

·         Friday 20 November 2020

·         Friday 31 January 2020

·         Friday 14 February 2020 (Provisional / If veto exercised)

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The Police and Crime Panel agreed the future meeting dates as follows:

 

 

·         Friday 03 July 2020

·         Friday 14 August 2020 (workshop/training day)

·         Friday 25 September 2020

·         Friday 20 November 2020

·         Friday 29 Jan 2021

·         Friday 12 Feb 2021