- Police, Fire and Crime Plan 2021-26
- Fire and Rescue Service
- Information & Transparency
- Victims’ Services – Voice
- Force Performance
- Your Local Policing Teams
14th December 2021
1. Welcome and introductions
PFCC Stephen Mold (SM)
Paul Fell (PF)
Helen King (HK)
Nicci Marzec (NM)
Louise Sheridan (LS)
CC Nick Adderley (NA)
DCC Simon Nickless (SN)
ACC Pauline Sturman (PS)
Assistant Chief Officer Paul Bullen (PB)
C/Supt Ash Tuckley (AT)
Senior Finance Officer Vaughan Ashcroft (VA)
Colleen Rattigan (CR)
SM welcomed everyone to the meeting.
2. Previous minutes and action log
3. Budget Proposals 2022/2023
The Commissioner requests a paper outlining the draft budget requirements for Northamptonshire Police to include capital plans for the financial year 2022/2023.
Action – HK and VA to review settlement announcement on Thursday 16th December.
Action – Force budget proposals to be updated in line with a 3-year balanced budget using increased pay award assumptions for consideration at the January Accountability Board.
The Commissioner commended the Force, the Finance Team and the OPFCC S151 Officer for providing him with a comprehensive report to enable him to consider the budget requirements for the Force in 2022/2023.
In terms of the highlighted risks in Year 2 of the medium-term financial plan, the Commissioner reiterated his view that he wanted to see a plan for a three-year balanced budget, as a part of the ongoing budget setting process.
Whilst he considers the Force’s budget proposals, he will also want to reflect on the results of the public consultation on raising the precept when these results are known in the New Year.
The Commissioner also made it clear that the Chief Constable’s new Investment Proposals would be considered alongside everything else as a part of the overall budget setting process, as these were key to shaping the future direction of the force.
4. Neighbourhood Policing Blueprint
In January 2021 the Chief Constable presented to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner plans for the expansion and shift in focus for Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Northamptonshire. This was to see a doubling in Neighbourhood officers over 18 months as well as sharper focus on interventions and proactivity against local criminals and a sharper focus on problem solving activities.
The Commissioner request a report demonstrating progress against this expansion, as well as providing a narrative demonstrating how the problem solving and proactive approach is being achieved.
Action – Ash Tuckley to let HK know costs of remaining level 4 training.for Neighbourhood staff.
Action – LS to ask Stuart McCartney to add links to the Force Neighbourhood policing pages to OPFCC website.
The Commissioner thanked the Chief Constable and the wider force for the progress it has made in Neighbourhood Policing both in terms of the increased numbers of officers and focus on problem solving and crime fighting.
He added that North Northamptonshire Council had recently offered a vote of thanks for the Neighbourhood policing model and this had also been commented on positively in the House of Commons.
The Commissioner was assured that there was now a greater focus on tackling criminality with these teams in a manner that made their local communities safer as a result.
The Commissioner and Chief Constable agreed that there was a need to better articulate to the public the benefit that these additional Neighbourhood officers are making in dealing with local issues.
5. Specials and volunteers
The Commissioner request a report that describes the Chief Constables overall approach to the recruitment and use of special constables and volunteers.
The report should describe the overall numbers of these, the use that is made of them and the plans that the Chief Constable has to integrate or continue to integrate them in the aspirations of the police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to make Northamptonshire safer.
The Commissioner accepted that the number of Special Constables in force had reduced, acknowledging that some of this attrition was due to the them applying and being accepted as Regular officers.
He was pleased that the recently completed Citizens in Policing review had identified some positive areas of learning and that the adopted recommendations were aimed at delivering additional and more effective governance, accountability and tasking of the Force’s Special Constabulary and volunteers.
The Commissioner led a discussion on what might be the optimum number of Special Constables and volunteers. It was agreed that once the recommendations of the recent review had been put into place the Force might be in a better position to fully answer this.
The Commissioner was assured that the numbers of Special constables remained strong in comparison with other Forces, as did the hours committed by them and endorsed the direction of travel agreed by the Chief Constable on this matter.