Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel
Monday 4 February 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Stephen Bace  01452 324204

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

The apologies for the meeting were noted.

 

2.

Declaration of Interest

Minutes:

No additional declarations were made.

 

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a correct record.

 

4.

Safe and Social Driving pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

4.1      Mark Astle (Fire and Rescue Service) and Jo Arnold (co-ordinator Safe and Social Driving) gave a presentation on this priority within the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. The Commissioner introduced the item emphasising the word ‘safe’ within the priority name. He explained that the Chief Fire Officer led on the item, and that Mark Astle had led on this in the absence of a Chief. In regards to the Road Safety Partnership, he explained that he had never withdrawn money from that partnership. The presentation outlined the current position for Gloucestershire compared to national statistics and the focus on prevention through education.

 

4.2      Members understood that in 2016, 27 people had lost their lives.  In 2017 20 people had lost their lives. The majority of fatalities had happened in the later months of the years, this was due to changing weather conditions, darkened nights and behaviours. It was behaviour which could be changed. It was explained that most fatalities had occurred in the Cotswolds. Male fatalities were higher than female fatalities in all modes of transport other than car passenger.

 

 

4.3      With regards to education, the focus was on 16-24 year olds. This was because although there had overall been a decrease in the number of fatalities between those ages, there had been an increase already in the current year compared to the previous year. It was important to continue to deliver messages that would change driver behaviour. The Fire Service was now delivering education prevention packages to year 12 and 13 students across the county. By Spring 2019, 8 firefighters would achieve accreditation to ensure the continued delivery of this. Members heard details of the ‘What if?’ Road Show, which would be delivered to 3700 students throughout February and March.

 

 

4.4      In September 2018, a ‘Leave your mobile phone alone’ campaign was run for a week. The lack of knowledge and understanding from the public was evident of how prevalent the problem was. Speed camera vans had been placed in strategic locations. Drink/ Drug Drive campaign in December was carried out through social media, police operational support and educational support. The target audience was 17-25 year old male drivers. Members received details of how the campaigns were co-ordinated showing the partnership work with the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

4.5      As part of the ‘Choose Zero’ campaign 1142 students had received education throughout December. This had been very effective and would continue moving forward. Campaigns for the future, included seat belts and speeding on top of the continued mobile phone and drink and drug driving campaigns.

 

4.6      In the future there would be a review of the current action plan taking into account the data the team had received. These messages would be included in the Safe and Well visits that the Fire Service carried out. Options included the use of virtual reality headsets to give people a real insight into what it would feel like to be involved in an incident.  One aspiration was to develop a safe  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Chief Executive's Report pdf icon PDF 533 KB

Minutes:

5.1      Paul Trott introduced the report which provided details on the actions of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.

 

5.2      One member asked a question regarding the underspend on the police salaries budget. In response it was explained that the actual underspend for the year would be minimal; it had been anticipated that once the precept had been raised in 2018/19 it would take time to recruit officers so the additional income had been used cover short term projects. The Chief Constable explained that it took 22 months to replace a police officer, and that they were seeing a different profile of candidate coming into the Force. The Constabulary was on target to recruit 90 officers this year.

 

5.3      Members noted the Tri-Force update within the report. It was explained that there had been a difference of views around fire arms officers, with Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire unable to come to an agreement around this. The Commissioner stated that the County had a strong fire arms response team.  The Chief Constable explained that there had been vacancies in fire arms capability in the past because there was a very high pass mark with regards to training and the role was very demanding. The capacity of the training centre was also a consideration. There was planned replacement for all the vacancies and those should be filled by the middle of 2019. One member asked for an update on the Tri-Force to a future panel meeting.

            ACTION                     Democratic Services

 

5.4      In response to details within the report on the Criminal Justice System, members were informed that the government had recognised the failures in the changes they had put in place around privatising part of the probation service. The contracts would be terminated early at the end of 2020 and there would be a change of approach. The Commissioner’s Office was working closely with the Ministry of Justice on this. The Commissioner explained that his office had opposed the initial changes. One member stated that this was an area that the Panel should be interested in and expressed concern about the underfunding of the courts. He suggested that an item be put on the agenda for the next meeting to better understand the context behind the changes to the Criminal Justice system and its impact.

            ACTION                     Democratic Services/ Martin Surl

 

6.

Proposed Gloucestershire Police Precept 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

The Panel must review the proposed precept.

 

Having considered the precept, the Panel will either:

 

·         Support the precept without qualification or comment;

·         Support the precept and make recommendations, or

·         Veto the proposed precept

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1      The Police and Crime Commissioner introduced the report which proposed that:

 

            Funding for the proposed £119.912m 2019/20 revenue budget would require a police related Band D Council Tax element of £250.49. This represented an increase of 10.6% in the police related Band D Council Tax or £24 for the year.

 

 

6.2      The Panel had received a briefing in January to ensure that members had the background to the budget and an understanding of the options available. The Commissioner set out the proposal outlining the work being carried out by the OPCC and the work on consulting with the public. He outlined the financial pressures nationally and that, aside from a small increase in the previous year, the police locally had not seen any increase in funding since 2010. The balance between local funding and national funding was now at about 50:50 with Gloucestershire receiving one of the smallest grants from national government.  He explained how the Constabulary had managed despite the financial pressures and the consequences of cuts. The Constabulary reserves had been used appropriately and not for the day to day running of the force. HMIC had commended the Constabulary on the way the reductions in funding had been managed.

 

6.3      It was the Commissioner’s assessment that the Constabulary remained strong, but he felt that the Constabulary was now facing a pivotal point, and that the strain was beginning to show. He felt that if the cuts were not reversed the Force would be weakened and not able to deliver the service the public expected. This was a planned approach to take any flexibility provided by central government with regards to funding. The Commissioner had lobbied MPs to support additional investment from government.

 

6.4      The Commissioner explained that he had asked the Chief Constable to demonstrate how he would look to use any additional funding and how he had used the increase in funding he had received the previous year. The Chief Constable and his officers had provided this detail. For the proposals outlined by the Constabulary there would be a lead in time to see the benefits, in particular around the recruitment of officers. Members noted the detail in a letter from the Chief Constable on how the additional funding would be provided. This included funding alongside the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan. The Commissioner emphasised the funding for the multi-agency safeguarding hub noting its importance in providing a better service for young people.

 

6.5      Referring to the previous presentation on Safe and Social Driving, the Commissioner outlined additional funding proposed in this area for roads policing and collision investigation.  In addition there was additional money proposed to support adults at risk and Safer Cyber, in particular the digital forensics unit.

 

6.6      The Commissioner explained that performance in Gloucestershire around 999 calls was good but calls were increasing rapidly. In addition 101 calls were also increasing rapidly.

 

6.7      The Commissioner summarised that it was a measured and fair budget with intelligent proposals from the Constabulary  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.