Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel
Friday 16 March 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Stephen Bace  01452 324204

Items
No. Item

5.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Loraine Patrick, (substituted by Cllr Ray Theodoulou); Cllr Collette Finnegan, (substituted by Cllr Clive Walford); Cllr Ray Brassington, (substituted by Cllr Joe Harris); Cllr Bruce Hogan, (substituted by Cllr Jane Horne); and Cllr Rob Garnham.

6.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

7.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2018 were confirmed and agreed as a correct record of that meeting.

 

8.

Restorative Gloucestershire pdf icon PDF 483 KB

Indicative Timing – 10:50 to 11:30

 

 

Minutes:

8.1       Becky Beard, Restorative Gloucestershire Manager, gave a detailed presentation on the Restorative Gloucestershire Partnership.

 

8.2       Members received a short introduction from the Police and Crime Commissioner, who explained that Restorative Gloucestershire started out as a small project in 2010 based on victim and offender conferencing in HMP Gloucester.

 

8.3       Funded by Restorative Solutions, the partnership expanded to the Cheltenham and Cotswold areas with one part time project manager and one full time co-ordinator. In 2013, following a review of community resolutions, it was agreed the Constabulary would cease community resolutions (CR) and re-train all front line officers to deliver restorative interventions, a decision based on the effectiveness of reducing re-offending and improving victim satisfaction via this route. At this time, the Police and Crime Commissioner took over the funding for Restorative Gloucestershire and support for the service.

 

8.4       The work undertaken by Restorative Gloucestershire consists of a number of work streams; these can be divided into two main areas. The first element involves recruiting, training and supporting partner agencies to deliver restorative interventions. The majority of this activity is managed by the hub manager and police sergeant. This involves mostly low level cases, working with the police and partner agencies on cases such as shoplifting and theft. The second element involves the referral system for complex and sensitive cases. This involves working with partner agencies on complex community and family issues, as well as post-sentence cases such as burglary, GBH and murder. The work requires close management and high levels of training for facilitators, as well as signposting to support agencies. This work is managed by the volunteer manager and involves recruiting, training and managing the facilitators and their case loads. At the time of the presentation, there were around 30 volunteer facilitators plus 100 volunteers across the partnership.

 

8.5       During the presentation, panel members were informed Gloucestershire Restorative was a group of statutory, non-statutory and voluntary sector partners working together with the aim of offering people coming into contact with the criminal justice system the opportunity to participate in restorative intervention.

 

8.6       Restorative Gloucestershire is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and is governed and held accountable by the Restorative Gloucestershire Partnership.

 

8.7       Progress during the past 12 months has seen a substantial expansion of the Partnership. Outlining some of the developments constituting this expansion, it was confirmed that the number of staff and facilitators working with the Partnership had increased significantly during the past year, allowing more interventions to be delivered and increasing the amount of training provided to organisations.

 

8.8       Restorative Gloucestershire was also working with the County Council, focussing on implementing the use of restorative practice within Children and Young People’s services.

 

8.9       Drawing on the pride of receiving awards for the work undertaken by the Partnership, Becky outlined some of the specific achievements achieved during the past year, informing the Panel that 84% of offenders taken from a sample of 4000 people over 4 years had not reoffended after 2013.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Chief Executive Report pdf icon PDF 541 KB

Indicative Timing – 10:10 to 10:50

Minutes:

9.1       Paul Trott, Chief Executive  of the Commissioner’s Office, introduced the report and gave an update on the activities of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.

 

9.2       Key messages highlighted by the report included:

 

a)    A summary of the decisions recorded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for the period January to February 2018.

 

b)    Information relating to the process for recruiting a number of new posts to the OPCC, including the post of Chief Finance Officer.

 

c)    Recognition at the recent iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards, where Gloucestershire OPCC received a bronze award for community engagement and the Commissioner’s Fund received a gold award and named Police Service of the Year.

 

9.3       An in-depth discussion was held on the crime rates in rural areas in Gloucestershire, with Cllr Joe Harris commending the OPCC for the encouraging reduction of crime within the Cotswold District, recently reduced by 6 %.

 

9.4       Cllr Ray Theodoulou expressed a slightly different viewpoint, highlighting concerns about limited resources and the recent spate of crimes in the Lechlade area. Cllr Theodoulou, nevertheless, commended the outcomes of a recent meeting with local police to try to better understand some of the issues.

 

9.5       A request was made for more up-to-date figures to reflect a more accurate picture of crime rates in rural areas and to highlight trends associated with crimes by offenders from out of county and the impact on crime rates in Gloucestershire. Action by - Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

 

The report was noted.

 

10.

PCP Highlight Report pdf icon PDF 634 KB

Indicative Timing – 11:30 to 12:00

 

Minutes:

10.1    Richard Bradley, Deputy Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, gave an update on the Police and Crime Plan for the period November 2017 to January 2018. Richard outlined the 6 priority areas for delivery of the plan and explained that the priorities would continue to be developed over the period 2017-2021. 

 

10.2    Concerns were raised about whether the objectives relating to child protection needed refreshing. With additional officers assigned to meeting this objective and subject to regular monitoring, the Panel was assured the activities relating to this priority were being taken very seriously. Work between the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office and the County Council continued. 

 

10.3    Praising the work of the neighbourhood policing team, one member suggested that the Panel invite a representative from the team to attend future Police and Crime Panel meetings. The Panel agreed that improved communications and first hand knowledge of some of the issues being experienced in local communities could add value to the meetings. This would be considered as part of future working planning. 

 

 

10.4    Expressing a specific interest in the activities of the Mounted Police Section, members praised the work of the Community Harm Reduction Team and requested regular updates on the initiative at future Police and Crime Panel meetings. One member raised concerns about the need for improved driver awareness in respect of riders on horseback and horses on highways. The concerns were noted. 

 

10.5    The Panel considered some of the planned activities aimed at ensuring safer cyber in Gloucestershire. Planned activities for the next quarter included; the deployment of an integrated harm reduction communications plan; the introduction of a phased approach for the deployment of a centralised content management system for partner agencies and staff engaged in content delivery; development of a staff security awareness training programme for the County Council; the rebranding and restructuring of the Gloucestershire Safer Cyber Forum to provide training and advice through adult education services; the finalising of plans for the 2018 Gloucester Business Show, (with a focus on establishing improved business risk awareness and reducing cyber crime), and; continuation of upskilling the control room staff to ensure the best possible service is provided in relation to digital harm reduction and cybercrime.

 

10.6    The Panel welcomed the initiatives and requested regular updates at future meetings.It was agreed this particular area of concern needed to be taken very seriously. 

 

The report was noted.