Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel
Friday 13 September 2019 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

23.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on Friday 19 July 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

24.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

25.

OPCC - Interim Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

The Police and Crime Commissioner to give the context to his decision to appoint an Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Minutes:

25.1     Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), informed the Panel that he had felt it prudent given the Police and Crime Commissioner elections scheduled for 2020 not to undertake a formal recruitment exercise at this time. In his opinion Richard Bradley, who had fulfilled the role of Deputy Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), had all the necessary experience and qualities to fulfil this role.

 

25.2     The committee had been apprised of this situation via an email on Wednesday 31 July 2019. The feedback from Panel members to this email was in support of this proposal. This was reiterated at the Panel meeting.

 

25.3     It was agreed that the Panel would be updated on this position following the PCC election next year.

 

26.

How the Police and Crime Commissioner holds the Chief Constable to account pdf icon PDF 328 KB

The Panel to be informed on the process to be followed going forward; and how Panel Members can track this process through the OPCC website.

Minutes:

26.1     Richard Bradley, Chief Executive OPCC, presented the report to the Panel. He explained that the aim of this proposal was to create a coherent and consistent approach to holding the Chief Constable to account. He hoped that this would make the process more transparent. Six holding to account sessions had already been conducted. He was happy to update the Panel on the holding to account sessions on a regular basis.

 

26.2     Members noted the proposal and welcomed the inclusion of the register which would enable the Panel to have a clearer picture of this activity.

 

27.

Gloucestershire Constabulary Crime Data Integrity Inspection 2019 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

The Crime Data Integrity Inspection Report is available here  https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/gloucestershire-crime-data-integrity-inspection-2019/.

 

Panel members may also find it helpful to review the Constabulary’s PEEL Report 2018/19 which sets out the wider performance framework. The report is available here

https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/peel-assessment-2018-19-gloucestershire/

 

Minutes:

27.1     The Panel was joined by Rod Hansen, Chief Constable, and Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Cooper for this item.

 

27.2     The Chair invited Martin Surl, Police and Commissioner, to set the context to and comment on the recommendations of the HMICFRS Crime Data Inspection (CDI) Report. The PCC informed the Panel that data integrity was important to him. The report from the 2014 CDI inspection had raised some concerns with regard to compliance. Towards the end of 2018 he had become concerned with regard to the level of compliance and had formally written to the Chief Constable asking for an assessment of this area and for him to also give an indication of what rating the constabulary could expect at a future inspection. At that time the Chief Constable anticipated that there was the potential for the constabulary to receive a good rating, at the very least it would receive ‘requires improvement’. The PCC requested that the Chief Constable put in place an action plan to get the constabulary on the right footing. Unfortunately this work was still in progress at the time of inspection. The outcome of the inspection was an ‘inadequate’ rating.

 

27.3     The PCC informed the Panel that he was unhappy with the ‘inadequate’ rating. A recovery plan was in place to take forward the recommendations in the report. He thought it important that the Panel place this inspection report within the wider context of the positive PEEL: Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy 2018/19 inspection report published in May 2019 which reported that the Constabulary was ‘good’ across the board including for vulnerability, safeguarding and investigation.

 

27.4     The Chief Constable was invited to speak to the inspection report. He informed members that it was important to note that this inspection report was not discussing service failure but about recording of data. He was clear that his intention was not to make excuses for this rating; the constabulary had let itself down, but had understood the issues and had already recovered the position. He informed Panel members that at the time of the inspection the constabulary was 82% compliant, but that in response to the recovery plan the constabulary was now at over 90% compliance. He had asked HMICFRS to return sooner rather than later as he wanted to receive their endorsement of the work undertaken by the constabulary to address this position.

 

27.5     The Chief Constable explained the crime data recording process to the Panel highlighting the particular recording aspects, in essence a shift in practice required by the Home Office, that had had a significant impact on the outcome of the inspection, including that the timeline for recording crimes was now 24 hours as opposed to 72 hours previously.

 

27.6     With regard to the recommendations in the report relating to sexual offences the Chief Constable reassured the Panel that the constabulary took these offences seriously, this was reflected in the PEEL Report (May 2019). These were complex cases – sometimes the report could come from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Police and Crime Plan refresh pdf icon PDF 655 KB

Minutes:

28.1     Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, presented the refresh of his Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021. He informed the Panel that the refresh had been developed in conjunction with the Home Office which therefore meant that the plan was in line with government thinking. It was also explained that there was a transformation programme in place which included a significant focus on IT; a digital strategy would follow in due course.

 

28.2     The Panel questioned elements of the refresh but overall accepted the refreshed Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021.

 

28.3     In response to questions raised the Panel agreed that it would be good to have a briefing ahead of the budget setting meeting in February 2020 to enable members to fully explore the funding picture for the Police.

 

29.

Police and Crime Plan Highlight Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

29.1     Richard Bradley, Chief Executive Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, gave a detailed presentation of the report.

 

29.2     The Panel welcomed and noted the report.

 

30.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Chief Executive Report pdf icon PDF 461 KB

Minutes:

30.1     Richard Bradley, Chief Executive Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, gave a detailed presentation of the report.

 

30.2     The Panel noted the report.