The PCC is inviting applications from specialist service providers for a grant to deliver a county-wide Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service. The IDVA service provides case workers to work with high risk victims of domestic abuse and help them rebuild their lives. Tackling domestic violence is a priority in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.
All the relevant details are here.
PCC launches £300K community safety fund
This year, at the Suffolk Show we officially launched our new arrangement with the Suffolk Foundation who are helping us to manage the new Safer Suffolk Fund of £300,000. This is not new money but a significant proportion of our £700,000 community safety fund, which comes to us from Government.
I am delighted to be working the Suffolk Foundation, it makes great sense for them to be responsible for this fund, although be assured we will be closely involved in the process and I will be ultimately responsible for the allocation of this fund. Last year the fund was used to help a very wide range of community groups and organisations in the voluntary sector. The fund has helped to combat the problems of alcohol and drug abuse, domestic abuse, counselling for victims of serious sexual offences and helping to combat anti-social behaviour.
Details for applications for the Safer Suffolk Fund are available here and the main proviso is that the work done has to be consistent with and support my Suffolk Police and Crime Plan.
PCC and Chief Constable on tour…..
I’m staging a series of public meetings across the county, the next of which will be held at Saxmundham Market Hall on Monday 21st July 2014 at 6.30pm.
These meetings are an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the Commissioner and the Chief Constable and to find out more about policing in their area. More detail…
This month’s Passmore Priority is: Tourism
As PCC my ambition is to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest. My Passmore Priority for July focuses on travel and invest aspects of this ambition.
It’s well documented that if the economy suffers, we get more crime and where there is a problem with crime, it is more difficult to attract inward investment and new businesses; it’s a vicious circle and one that I certainly don’t want Suffolk to become a part of.
Suffolk has a diverse local economy including farming and agriculture, retail, industrial, services, energy, military and tourism. This month my Passmore Priority is Tourism so I will be doing all I can to highlight the links between a safe county and a thriving tourism destination.
Suffolk’s reputation for being a safe place is one of the many reasons we welcome so many visitors to the county and it is extremely important that we do all we can to protect this reputation.
We are extremely lucky that Suffolk has so much to offer; the glorious skies made famous by John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough; the beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline and the fabulous wildlife that has recently been highlighted in the BBCs Springwatch series based at Minsmere. Minsmere is one of the world’s finest wildlife reserves and what a boost and legacy it has given to our tourist economy.
It is made very clear in the Suffolk Police and Crime Plan that a well-run police force enhances the reputation of an area in which to live work travel and invest – that’s the strap line of the plan. We need to welcome visitors to our county wherever they come from because of the prosperity that accompanies them, and providing a warm welcome and an excellent experience means they are more likely to return and tell others what a great county Suffolk is. Policing is fundamental in providing that experience.
During the last year or so we have made investments in force activities and community safety to support this vital sector. For example, providing money to support Best Bar None and a taxi marshalling scheme in Ipswich has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour and some of the challenges around the night time economy which is of great importance to our county town, I recently made a small contribution to a new CCTV system in Southwold and the developing relationship with the Highways Agency and the extra roads policing capability is gradually improving traffic flow on the A14; these all add up to a safer and more attractive place which is a great credit to the Constabulary.
Control Room to stay in the county
The uncertainty about the future of Suffolk’s Contact and Control Room is over.
Speaking after he made the announcement Tim Passmore said: “We will not be going ahead with the combined service with Norfolk. It was without doubt the most significant decision that I have ever had to make, but I am absolutely sure that it is the right decision for Suffolk. More detail….