- Police and Crime Plan
- Fire and Rescue Service
- Information & Transparency
- Victims’ Services – Voice
9th February 2021
1. Welcome and introductions
PFCC Stephen Mold (SM)
Nicci Marzec (NM)
Paul Fell (PF)
Louise Sheridan (LS)
Stuart McCartney (SMc)
Chief Finance Officer Helen King (HK)
CC Nick Adderley (NA)
DCC Simon Nickless (SN)
Colleen Rattigan (CR)
Chief Finance Officer Vaughan Ashcroft (VA)
Sarah Crampton (SC)
DC/Supt Mark Behan
Apologies were accepted from ACC Simon Blatchly; ACC James Andronov and DCI Liz Wilcox
2. Previous minutes and action log
3. Force Strategic Priorities Performance log
Action – It was agreed that the Chief Constable would invite Nicci Marzec to the Chief Executive meetings to discuss holistic approaches to domestic abuse.
Action – NA to pick-up with D/Supt Rymarz. NM to pick up with Vicky Martin the work relating to education officer and curriculum to move forward.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Action – Sarah Crampton to provide more data to include a breakdown of offences against children and offence that are categorised as child on child.
Action – The Force should continue to monitor CJ outcomes; the Commissioner is interested to know how we benchmark against other Forces. Sarah to obtain this information and share with the Commissioner.
The Commissioner expressed his support and was assured that the leadership now shown in the Force by the Chief Constable and his team was much improved from previous years, providing greater clarity, vision and focus.
He recognised that there were clear green shoots of success in a number of areas that included burglary reduction, quality of investigations and victim satisfaction but there was still progress to be made in a number of higher harm areas, such as knife crime, vulnerability and Rape and Serious Sexual Offence numbers.
The Commissioner welcomed the fact that the Force had set some stretching targets in this year for things that mattered for the public but noted that a number were not being met and he expressed his desire for the Chief Constable to be clear in what the target setting process would be for the forthcoming financial year period.
The Commissioner welcomed the suggestion from the Chief Constable that policing will need to be delivered differently in some areas in the future to address issues such as knife crime.
4. Budget conditions letter update
Action – VA to check and update HK.
Action – NM to check with Zeeshan Khan to find out where we are with the Op Alloy contract.
The Commissioner thanked the Force for the comprehensive response in relation to the conditions set for this current year’s budget.
He was assured that a better understanding existed in relation to what was expected in return for the delegated budget to the Chief Constable.
He saw that while this report only deals with the first three quarters of the financial year some of the conditions would potentially not be met and as such these might well appear in the budget conditions letter for 2021/2022.
5. Missing Persons update
Action – The Chief Constable has a meeting with the two new Unitary Chief Executives to discuss how they can play their part in a more holistic approach to Domestic Abuse. Nicci Marzec is to be invited to that meeting.
In addition to issues relating to DA, NM will also raise concerns about the lack of any meaningful sharing of information between authorities or a comprehensive central database in relation to looked after children.
The Commissioner asked DC/Supt Mark Behan to pass on his thanks to DCI Wilcox for an informative report and for the positive comments the team have received from HMICFRS external inspectors
The Commissioner was reassured that the Chief Constable and team were able to demonstrate good internal processes, that were much improved over the past 12 months relating to missing persons, especially those deemed to be at high risk.
He was also reassured that it seems that this will be commented on favourably by HMICFRS following a recent inspection.
The Commissioner was pleased that the evidence demonstrates that the Force is identifying risk better, providing faster responses to these types of incident and locating missing persons more quickly.
The Commissioner offered his support through Nicci Marzec to the Chief Constable in addressing future or ongoing issues that might be supported by partners in relation to missing persons especially for looked after children.
– No further business was raised.