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30th Jul 21
Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold joined fellow Commissioners from around the country at a meeting with The Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street yesterday.
The briefing focussed on the Government’s new Beating Crime Plan, which sets out its strategic approach to cutting serious violence and neighbourhood crime, including burglary and anti-social behaviour.
A panel discussion that included Home Secretary Priti Patel and Policing Minister Kit Malthouse, covered the wider criminal justice system, early intervention and work with young people, and police pay.
Stephen was able to explain the success of Northamptonshire Police’s approach to burglary: The Force already visits all victims of domestic burglary and gives the crime a focus that has significantly reduced the number of incidents in the county.
Stephen took the opportunity to talk about the focus on young people and early intervention in his Police and Crime Plan, in order to improve life chances and prevent crime from happening in the first place – the Commissioner’s ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences ) Team, who provide early intervention in domestic or family related incidents, has helped more than 800 families over the last two years, including 1,514 children and young people.
Stephen said: “I was pleased to hear the Government’s commitment to ensuring that every element of the criminal justice system needs to work together to ensure swift and speedy justice for victims and for people accused of crime. The Government’s Beating Crime Plan puts such a focus on PCCs working with partners to prevent reoffending and to stop crime from happening in the first place, and I welcome that.”
“In Northamptonshire, we are already working hard to to create safer communities and to focus on preventing young people from becoming involved in crime, with other projects including my Youth Team and the tri-service Emergency Services Cadets. It was great to hear the Prime Minister restate his commitment to policing and to tackling crime and I look forward to getting on and working with partners, to make that happen.”