- Police, Fire and Crime Plan 2021-26
- Fire and Rescue Service
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- Victims’ Services – Voice
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8th March 2022
1. Welcome and introductions
PFCC Stephen Mold (SM)
Paul Fell (PF)
Louise Sheridan (LS)
CC Nick Adderley (NA)
DCC Simon Nickless (SN)
Colleen Rattigan (CR)
D/Chief Supt. Paul Rymarz (RM)
D/Supt Joe Banfield (JB)
2. Previous minutes and action log
3. Violence against women and girls
The Commissioner requires a formal update on 2 matters relating to violence against women and girls.
In September 2021 HMICFRS published it’s final report “Police response to violence against women and girls. This report contained five recommendations. Some of these related directly to Forces and others were indirect but required activity to be considered or undertaken to support delivery of the recommendations. The Commissioner requires a report that outlines the progress made by the Force to either directly deliver or contribute effectively to the delivery of these five recommendations.
The Commissioner requires formal presentation of the Force agreed delivery plan for violence against women and girls and progress against this.
Recommendation 1 – Immediate and unequivocal commitment to the VAWG agenda.
Recommendation 2 – The relentless pursuit and disruption of adult perpetrators.
Recommendation 3 – Structures and funding should be put in place to make sure victims receive tailored and consistent support.
Recommendation 4 – All Chief Constables should immediately review and ensure there are consistently high standards in their forces’ response to VAWG and should be supported in doing so by national standards and data.
Action – D/Chief Supt Paul Rymarz to share draft TOR with Nicci Marzec and factor in any observations/recommendations she might make.
Recommendation 5 – Immediate review of use of outcomes 15 and 16 in VAWG offences.
Highlights from VAWG presentation by D/Supt Joe Banfield
Action – Invitation from Kettering Buccleuch Academy to a round table discussion with girls from the school – LS to arrange for the Commissioner and D/Supt Joe Banfield to visit.
Action – DCS Paul Rymarz to send verbal feedback from focus groups sessions conducted by Supt Sarah Johnson to the Commissioner
Action – D/Supt Joe Banfield to contact PCC Emily Spurrell for more information.
Action – The Commissioner requested more information about the Digital Scene Triage Vans and their delivery timescales it was agreed that the Chief Constable will request DCI Steve Watkins would be asked to provide this.
Action – PF and JB to work together on the bid
The Commissioner was presented with a paper that covered two issues. These were the Force response to the HMICFRS 2021 national report relating to the police response to violence against women and girls and progress against the 5 recommendations within it. The second was a presentation of the Northamptonshire Police plan to address VAWG.
There was a discussion in relation to the impending review of the Force protecting vulnerable people department, that will include investigative and support functions. The Commissioner requested that Nicci Marzec was consulted in the development of the Terms of Reference for this. The Commissioner also sought assurance that where it was appropriate, this review would also include partners.
The Commissioner received the Force 4 P plan relating to violence against women and girls. He raised concerns about what appeared to be a downturn in performance in the Force responding to requests for information under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. This was acknowledged by the Chief Constable who provided him with assurances that this was recognised and unacceptable and would be rectified.
The Commissioner recognised that progress was being made on this agenda but made the point that this was a high priority and he expected further improvements to be made and would look to reassess this in 3 months’ time
4. EMSOU FS
The Commissioner requires a report relating to the performance of EMSOU FS in terms of scenes visited, DNA and FP evidence recovered, idents made and conversion to positive outcomes.
The report should comment on the Chief Constables assessment of the service provided by EMSOU FS, as well as providing comparative figures for other Forces in the EMSOU FS collaboration.
Assurance Statement :
The Commissioner received a paper in relation to the performance of EMSOU (FS), which covered attendance at crime scenes and forensic evidence recovery rates.
The presentation highlighted that there had been some process issues relating to scene attendance and this had been rectified. In addition, the Chief Constable had agreed to the recruitment of addition crime scene investigators from the current budget.
There had been a reduction in the conversion rate of DNA and fingerprint identifications over the last 12 months and the analysis to identify the reasons for this was being undertaken. The Chief Constable acknowledged that this was not acceptable and that the Force needed to improve.
The Commissioner agreed with this and was grateful that this work had already started but stated he would be seeking a further formal update on this later this year.