Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel - Tuesday 12 November 2019 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

31.

Minutes of the previous meeting - 13 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on Friday 13 September 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

32.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

33.

Police and Crime Commissioner - Update

The Police and Crime Commissioner to give a verbal update on activity since the last meeting of the Police and Crime Panel.

Minutes:

33.1     The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) updated the Panel on his activity since the Panel’s meeting on 13 September 2019. This included:-

Ø    Retail crime – responding to concerns raised by retailers, and the impact of retail crime on their businesses, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) had undertaken a deep dive into Constabulary processes, practice and  data and produced a detailed retail crime review report. This was launched at a meeting, hosted by the OPCC, on 29 October 2019 at which both retailers and the Police were represented. The Police have acknowledged the concerns, have developed an action plan as a consequence and agreed to report back on this issue in one month.

Ø    Rural crime – The PCC had been out and about in the county listening to the concerns raised by people in the rural communities. Rural crime is as big a concern for farmers as for those in the retail community. Much of this crime was down to organised crime groups (OCGs).

Ø    Child Friendly Gloucestershire – an event had been held with partners and young people.

Ø    Courts in Gloucestershire – the PCC continued to lobby government/Ministry of Justice with regard to the long-term viability of Gloucestershire’s courts; if not addressed there was a risk that the county could lose its courts.  The Court document will be made available to Panel members.

Ø    Green and pleasant county priority – 80 more electric vehicles have been added to the Police fleet.

Ø    Drink/Drive campaign – the PCC informed the Panel that the campaign was in two parts. The first part focused on the prevention message with enforcement from 3 December 2019.

Ø    Gloucestershire Police Cadets – the Treasure Seekers cadet programme was a finalist in the World Class Policing Awards.

Ø    Safer and Social Driving - The positive activity and impact maintained around Op Indemnis has been recognised with the Special Constabulary being nominated for and now winners of the Arthur Ellis trophy with 600hrs invested into this work and significant impact and influence on our road safety.

Ø    Finances – The impending General Election could impact on when the OPCC receive the funding announcement from the Home Office and therefore when the PCC would be able to consult with the general public.

Ø    Berkeley Green – The development of this training facility was progressing well.

 

33.2     The Panel welcomed the update. Members would be interested to review the Police report in response to the issues raised by retailers, and acknowledged the impact of this type of crime on retailers. However Panel members also expressed the view that rural crime had a similarly significant impact on farmers.

 

33.3     Reflecting on the tragic death of a Police Officer in Berkshire (August 2019) when responding to a 999 call the Panel asked for clarification on the support/body armour that was available to Police Officers in Gloucestershire. The PCC informed members that Gloucestershire Constabulary officers were well provided  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

Police and Crime Plan Highlight Report pdf icon PDF 7 MB

Minutes:

34.1     Most of the matters discussed in this report had been discussed in the preceding item. In addition the Panel welcomed the improvement in the response times for calls to the 101 number.

 

34.2     The Panel noted the report.

 

35.

Mental Health - the impact on Gloucestershire Police of responding to calls involving mental health pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

35.1     The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) presented this item. He drew member’s attention to the statement made by the Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Constabulary, at the Panel meeting on 13 September 2019 that only 24% of the calls received by the Police related to crime, with 76% non-crime related (eg. missing people, road accidents and mental health). The DPCC explained that when responding to a mental health call an officer could be tied up for a significant amount of time. This meant that there would be times when Gloucestershire Police may find it difficult  to respond to a crime related call.

 

35.2     The current situation was that the Police were now in the position of increasingly being the first point of call for mental health related calls; where there was a concern for life, or a high risk missing person, the Police would respond as a matter of course. The DPCC was clear that the concerns about the impact on the Police were not about apportioning blame; the impact of austerity had been felt across the board resulting in challenges across all core services (Police, Health, Social Care).

 

35.3     The DPCC informed the Panel that he wanted to have a clear understanding of the real cost to the Police, in particular, accurate detail on the time involved in an officer responding to a non-crime call. To support discussions with heath colleagues, about potential ways in which services might be delivered differently it would be important to have a robust evidence base. The OPCC was due to meet with a Masters student at the University of Gloucestershire to discuss them undertaking a detailed analysis of the data in order to gain a clearer picture of the impact of non-crime calls on the Police in Gloucestershire. The DPCC was clear that in taking this matter forward with partners it would be important to have a good evidence base.

 

35.4     Members asked what training was given to new recruits with regard to mental health first aid and also what ongoing training was in place to support Police Officers in responding to mental health related calls. It was agreed that OPCC would provide a briefing on this issue for the committee.

ACTION:        Ruth Greenwood

 

35.5     The Panel was aware that this was both a local and national situation, and agreed that it would take government coordination to resolve. The PCC was clear that, like all Constabularies, the Chief Constable does not have sufficient resources to match delivery to public expectations. Given the pressures across all services the DPCC stated that he felt that it was important to try to be innovative and look at what we (as a system) could do differently.

 

35.6     In response to questions the OPCC explained why a Police Officer would need to stay with a vulnerable person if they had escorted them to A and E; and the practicalities and challenges for/on the officer’s time. The Panel were pleased to note the positive impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Chief Executive Report pdf icon PDF 552 KB

Minutes:

The Panel noted the report.