Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel - Wednesday 3 November 2021 10.00 am

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

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1.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 28 September 2021 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

3.

HMICFRS Inspection Report pdf icon PDF 855 KB

Minutes:

3.1       The Panel was pleased to welcome the Chief Constable, Assistant Chief Constable Kirk and Detective Superintendent Ocone to the meeting alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Deputy PCC to inform the Panel and respond to members questions.

 

3.2       The PCC stated he had been aware that the report would be a difficult read. This situation needed to be addressed; he did not want the Constabulary to be in the same position at the time of the next inspection. This was a complex report; some aspects were difficult to understand.  The PCC acknowledged that resource issues were a factor.

 

3.3       The Chief Constable informed the Panel that he welcomed independent scrutiny, it was important that the Constabulary was held to account. He did, however, think that some aspects of the report were harsh and had not been placed within the wider context. He was clear that he was not going to blame Covid, and was determined to make improvements.

 

3.4       He explained that the Constabulary had been one of four pilot areas for the new PEEL inspection framework. The significant difference in the inspection regime was that HMICFRS had moved away from 3 ‘pillars’ to 12 questions; the Constabulary had been judged to be inadequate in 5 of these areas.

 

3.5       The Chief Constable informed the Panel that HMICFRS had contacted him to inform him that having reviewed the outcome of the Inspections undertaken under this new approach, it was clear that this new approach had resulted in unintended consequences with regard to some outcomes, particularly with regard to the impact of crime data integrity (CDI). CDI linked into 4 of the questions in the inspection framework, so materially affected the grading in those areas. HMICFRS had indicated that they had been surprised that CDI had had this impact. HMICFRS would therefore be making changes to the inspection regime.

 

3.6       With regard to CDI, following the inspection in 2019 work had been ongoing on an action plan to address the issues identified in the inspection. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic the Constabulary’s (self) auditing showed that it was at 91% compliant. During the first lockdown this reduced to 86.7%, in part due to the pandemic and the introduction of a new crime recording system, and this was the data that HMICFRS used in the inspection. Resources have been invested into this area and the Constabulary was now at 95% compliance.

 

3.7       With regard to the cases related to vulnerable people highlighted in the report the Constabulary had within a day appropriately recorded these crimes and ensure that there was no threat to the vulnerable person, and that the victims were safe. The safeguarding issues and offender behaviour had been addressed. Additional supervision and training has been put in place. The Chief Constable explained the process involved in recording incidents. A significant factor was that the crime recording system was at ‘end of life’. Changing to a new system was a significant event; identifying the right way forward  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Amendment to the handling of complaints procedure pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel agreed to accept the changes marked in bold in the handling of complaints procedure to reflect the role of the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.