The Police and Social Responsibility Act sets out a role for the PFCC that stretches beyond their policing responsibilities to include community safety and criminal justice partners.
The community safety partnership landscape is vast. It spans not only across the Police Service, but includes Criminal Justice agencies, Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), Local Authorities, Victim Services, Health and Primary Care Trusts (PCT), Fire and Rescue, Housing associations and Education services.
There are also a range of organisations across both the business and voluntary sectors that the PCC works closely with in order to deliver an improved service to the people of Essex.
The 2011 Act provides the PCC with powers to award grants to any organisation or body they consider will support their community safety priorities.
From 2013-14, in addition to the main police grant and precept, the PCC has taken responsibility for Community Safety Funding along with other existing grants. Working across all of Essex, including Southend and Thurrock, the PFCC is using this funding to deliver against the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.
The details on how to apply for PCC 2017/18 Community Safety Development Funding can be seen here.
Working with Partners
The PFCC will strive to provide strong local leadership (underpinned by his democratic mandate) to cut crime and keep communities safe across a range of agencies and partnerships.
He continues to work with other local leaders to improve outcomes for communities, and ensure that local resources are used effectively and efficiently. This includes channelling collective local efforts to join up the criminal justice system and streamline partnership arrangements.
The team work closely with the Safer Essex partnership, and minutes of recent meetings can be read at the links below:
Engaging with Partners
The PFCC knows that effective engagement with partners is key to ensuring their involvement in both shaping priorities and delivering high quality services to the people of Essex.
The PCC is a member of the Essex Domestic Abuse Strategic Board and works closely with Essex Police and partner agencies across Essex, Thurrock and Southend to help break the cycle of domestic abuse.
Joint Commissioning Strategy for Domestic Abuse 2015-20
The PFCC is also a member of the Essex Reducing Re-offending Board. A strategy development stakeholder workshop took place on 3 June 2016 to help develop a county wide Reducing Re-offending Strategy and to strengthen partnership working. The report of the findings, feedback and recommendations from this workshop entitled ” Let’s change lives not just reduce re-offending” was presented to the Essex Reducing Re-offending Board on 14 July 2016. This report will underpin the Draft Essex Partnership Reducing Re-offending Strategy which is scheduled to go before the Essex Reducing Re-offending Board for final sign off in January 2017. A link to the report is provided below:
” Let’s change lives not just reduce reoffending”
The PFCC is also strongly supportive of the efforts of KnifeCrimes.Org and Only Cowards Carry to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying weapons such as knives amongst young people.
KnifeCrimes.Org is an online resource and registered charity providing peer support to families and friends affected by knife, gun and serious violent crime, or bereaved as a result of homicide.
Involved in training, education, research and raising public awareness to achieve better rights for victims.
For more information, visit www.knifecrimes.org
Only Cowards Carry
Only Cowards Carry’s aims are: for weapons awareness education to be added to the national school curriculum; to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying a weapon; to petition for tougher action against knife and weapon crime; to change the mindset of teenagers who think they are ‘cool’ or ‘safe’ by carrying a weapon.
For more information, visit www.onlycowardscarry.org or Tweet: @OCowardsC