Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel
Friday 19 July 2019 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

14.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Minutes:

Cllr Colin Hay was elected Chairperson for the year 2018/19.

 

15.

ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRPERSON

Minutes:

Cllr Steve Robinson was elected Vice Chairperson for the year 2018/19.

 

16.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on Friday 15 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairperson.

 

17.

Declarations of Interest

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

18.

Police and Crime Panel: Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Minutes:

18.1     The Panel’s terms of reference were noted.

 

18.2     The Chairperson commented that it was important that the Panel undertook proactive scrutiny and developed a positive working relationship with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). It would also be important to work within the principles of challenge and support.

 

18.3     Panel members agreed that it would be helpful to have a work planning meeting in order to develop a work programme of events.

 

18.4     Martin Surl, PCC, informed the Panel that he would be as open and transparent as possible in his dealings with the Panel.

 

19.

Police and Crime Commissioner - Annual Report 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To review the annual report and make a report or recommendations to the

commissioner.

Minutes:

19.1     Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, presented his annual report. He also informed the Panel that the Prime Minister had announced a 2% pay increase for Police Officers. He stated that whilst this was good for Police Officers it was not yet clear where this increase would be funded from.

 

19.2     Members comments related to the content and structure of the annual report were: -

Ø  That the Panel was of the view that it would have been better for it to have been involved earlier in the drafting process,

Ø  That the annual report could have included more positive information regarding the Police,

Ø  That the data on page 9 relating to the Police was not contextualised which meant that it was difficult to understand whether it was indicating that this was ‘good’ or ‘bad’,

Ø  The data on p6 relating to the outcome of the consultation on the governance of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue was questioned and the PCC was asked to check that this information was correct, and did accurately reflect the outcome of the consultation,

Ø  That Members thought it would be beneficial for there to be commentary on the crime data to help people understand how effective the Police were being,

Ø  That the report should include a section on climate change and wildlife crime,

Ø  That the report might have been better to include the impact on the Police of having to attend incidents outside of their core work, eg. mental health calls.

 

19.3     The PCC informed Panel that the Annual Report had not yet been published and he would take these points away for consideration; in particular, he would double check the data presented.

 

19.4     Panel members welcomed the Child Friendly Gloucestershire work led by Dame Janet Trotter. This utilised a multi-agency approach and aimed to ensure that the diverse voices of children and young people in Gloucestershire were heard and influenced policy going forward. In response to a question the PCC explained that measureable targets were not included in this approach. This was about a change in culture over the longer term; it would take time before change would be seen.

(Post meeting note: for information Panel members were emailed the link to the presentation slides on Child Friendly Gloucestershire received at the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board on 23 July 2019.)

 

19.5     With regard to knife crime the PCC assured the Panel that he has discussed this issue with the Chief Constable and was of the view that appropriate measures were in place in Gloucestershire. He informed members that he supported the government’s public health approach to knife crime, although with some caveats. The PCC did not think that children and young people in this county carried knives as a matter of course. He was, however, clear that he could not say all was 100% OK and that this issue remained a threat. The Panel noted that the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner led on this issue  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Police and Crime Plan - Revised Delivery Plans pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

20.1     Richard Bradley, Deputy Chief Executive OPCC, presented the report, explaining the structure of the delivery model. He informed the Panel that the PCC held each of the priority leads to account on a quarterly basis. He explained that the Green and Pleasant Land priority was very important to the PCC and he was committed to do as much as possible to enable Gloucestershire Police to be a responsible and sustainable organisation. Gloucestershire Police were currently the only Police service in the country to hold ISO 14001 Environmental Standard accreditation as a result of their environmental management work.

 

20.2     Mr Bradley explained that whilst the delivery plans articulated the required activity the Highlight Report demonstrated how the priority leads were held to account and the progress, so far, of the work in each priority area.

 

20.3     In response to a question the Panel was informed that the Finesse call management system would enable the Police to look at individual performance. This system would also enable managers to ensure that staff were getting their necessary breaks.

 

20.4     The Panel noted the reports.

 

21.

Police and Crime Plan Highlight Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The purpose of the Police and Crime Plan Priorities Quarterly Highlight Report is to provide all stakeholders with an update that monitors progress in respect of each of the Priorities, to include:

Ø  activities achieved during the current quarter;

Ø  activities expected during the next quarter;

Ø  any risks or issues identified will be managed through the risk and issue registers;

Ø  overview of budget.

 

This report is a summary against activities. Members should note that this

information is retrospective for the reporting quarter mentioned; as such

it is an executive summary.

Minutes:

The Panel discussed this report alongside the Revised Delivery Plans – see minute 20.

22.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Chief Executive Report pdf icon PDF 456 KB

The report is intended to assist the Panel in reviewing and scrutinising decisions made and actions taken by the Commissioner, in accordance with its statutory responsibilities.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

22.1     Richard Bradley, Deputy Chief Executive OPCC, gave a detailed presentation of the report. The PCC gave a presentation on the plans for the new Police Academy to be located at Berkeley. (For information the presentation slides were uploaded to the council’s website and included in the minute book.) He informed Panel members that the Bamfurlong site would remain in operation but would need to be reviewed with a view to refurbishment given that the building was built in the 1970s.

 

22.2     It was questioned whether the Berkeley site would deliver cost savings. However, it was explained that whilst there would potentially be a small saving the purpose of this initiative was to improve quality across the board; not just for training but also to support the wellbeing of officers. The PCC was talking to partner organisations to ascertain if they would wish to utilise the facilities at the Academy. He was clear that he wanted to get maximum potential from the site.

 

22.3     The PCC agreed with members that it was important to work closely with partner organisations. He expressed frustration that the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust had turned down the opportunity to join up with Gloucestershire Police on a joint local hub and were instead establishing their own hub in Gloucester.

(Post meeting note: the OPCC were advised to discuss their concerns regarding this matter with the Chairperson of the Health Scrutiny Committee.)

 

22.4     The Panel noted the report.