Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Council House

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2023.


The minutes from the meeting held on 24 November 2023 were agreed as an accurate record.


Declarations of Interest

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


There were no declarations of interest.



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


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


Question was submitted by Peter Snow

Question: How does the panel show accountability for the actions of the police and its commissioner?

Response: The Panel, established under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 publicly scrutinises the Police and Crime Commissioner who holds the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Police.

The Panel reviews the Police and Crime plan, Annual report and holds confirmation hearings. Additionally the Panel assesses proposed Chief Constable appointments and removals, precept levels and complaints against the Commissioner. During meetings, the Panel receives a scorecard on Police force performance with a number of key indicators which can then be scrutinised.

Panel members request areas for consideration to scrutinise at future meetings of the Panel at every meeting, which is then taken forward by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Panel.

Finally, since the publication of the PEEL inspection of the force, the Panel have reviewed all area’s that were rated inadequate to ensure the Commissioner and the force were ensuring continued improvements. The Panel had and continues to receive updates of this progress within the Commissioners update reports.




Action Log pdf icon PDF 211 KB


The Committee agreed to note the report.



Proposed Precept, Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) pdf icon PDF 457 KB

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Alison Hernandez (Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner) introduced the item and highlighted the following points:


a)     Public contact management of sexual and violent offenders in communities and crime recording had improved since 2022;

b)    Public confidence in national policing was at an all-time low for various reasons including funding not being visible to the public, delays in the judicial system and low conviction rates for crimes such as shoplifting;

c)     There were the highest number of police officers in Devon and Cornwall Police Force with 3,610 currently employed;

d)    4.95% increase, equivalent to £12.94 for a Band D property, was the proposed precept increase;

e)     There would be savings and efficiencies of £5.4 million in the assumptive budget;

f)      Operation Ragwort would be the next push in the region and would tackle organised criminals in rural communities who steal animals and property;

g)     £1.5 million of funding would be received to tackle anti-social behaviour;

h)    The number of Police Enquiry Offices had reached 28, an increase of 18 since the Commissioner came to office;

i)      Victim focused crime had increased by 11.9% since 2019 and levels of reported violence had exceeded pre-pandemic levels;

j)      An additional £1.257 million had been invested for tackling violence in Devon and Cornwall.

Nicola Allen (Treasurer/Chief Finance Officer) added:

k)     Assumed versus Actual for 2023/24:
i) Assumed: Grant levels per CRS and £10 council tax flexibility, Actual: Grant levels remained, up to £13 council tax flexibility for 2024/25;
ii) Assumed: 2% pay award, Actual: Pay award average of 7%;

iii) Assumed: Police Officer pension contribution of 31%, Actual: Contribution rate increased to 35.5%;

l)      Additional funding of £4.3 million had been included in the Provisional Settlement for 2024/25;

m)   Budget assumptions for 2024/25 and beyond would include: Pay awards at 3%, police officer pension contributions of 35.3% which would increase by 4.3% and no capital grant funding;

n)    The budget would potentially increase by £22.1 million;

o)    Staffing equated to 85% of the overall budget;

p)    Financial Risks and Resilience included: Increasing trend in the public sector in the number of Section 114 notices being issued, the Economic Impact of inflation (assumed used 3.9%) and pay award (assumed used 3%), a review of the funding formula, the maintenance of police officer levels, the increased levels of specific grant and the long term impact on funding levels;

q)    General Reserves would be used to mitigate unexpected costs, and consumed 4% of the net revenue budget which was within the recommended limits of the Reserve Strategy;

r)     The final element for mitigating unexpected costs would be transparent decision making, ensuring decisions were published to ensure good governance and processes. This included internal and external audits alongside an independent audit committee;

s)     Inflation had reduced since the peak in October 2022 from 11.1% to 3.9% in November 2023, and this figure was used to plan the budget;

t)     There is no expectation to have to externally borrow any money until 2025/26;

u)    The upcoming general election  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.


Police and Crime Plan End of Term Report pdf icon PDF 187 KB

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The Committee agreed to note the report.


Police and Crime Commissioner's Update Report pdf icon PDF 817 KB


The Committee agreed to note the report.


Police and Crime Plan 2021-25 Scorecard pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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Felicity Ridgeway (Assistant Chief Executive) introduced the report and provided the following updates:


a)    The baseline for deaths or serious injuries by high-risk driving behaviour was showing at 74 offences in the previous report; this was incorrect and should have shown 55 offences.


The Committee agreed to note the report.



Complaints Against the Commissioner pdf icon PDF 138 KB


There were no complaints against the Commissioner.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 67 KB


There were no additions to the Work Programme.