Plans for the future of community policing announced
Today I joined the Chief Constable, Gareth Wilson to announce a proposed restructure which would see more than 100 police officers move into Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs).
The extra resource aims to ensure the constabulary has the ability to respond to the increasing demand it faces, and the public’s desire for more visible policing.
The changing nature of crime and its rise in certain areas means Suffolk’s policing model needs to be as flexible, effective and efficient as possible for the communities it serves.
To reflect this, the force is looking to move 97 police constables and seven sergeants into its SNTs. This would mean there would be 159 PCs and 26 sergeants in its SNTs.
We intend to do so by restructuring the way we work and looking at the best use of our resources.
To achieve this, and remain within the challenging financial landscape the constabulary has to operate in, it is proposing to reduce the number of police community support officers from the current 81 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts to 48 FTEs.
The budgeted number of posts is 107, although PCSO vacancies have remained unfilled since 2017 to keep those put at risk of redundancy to a minimum.
The transition would strengthen the resilience of the force’s policing of community issues and ensure the right resources are in the right place at the right time.
The purpose of the proposed changes is to provide a proactive policing resource that puts visibility and accessibility at its forefront. …..more
On Tour with Chief Constable
Each year the PCC and Chief Constable go ‘On Tour’ around the county to talk to local residents in seven town centres across the county – one in each district area.
In 2018 they will visit:
Monday 6th August: Broad Street, Eye IP23 7AF 11.30am-1.30pm
Tuesday 7th August: Newmarket High Street, junction with Palace Street CB8 8NB 11.30am-1.30pm
Thursday 9th August: Sudbury Market Hill CO10 2EA 11.30am-1.30pm
Friday 10th August: Beccles Sheepgate NR34 9HQ 11.30am-1.30pm
Wednesday 15th August: Ipswich Giles Circus, Princes Street IP1 1PN 11.30am-1.30pm
Thursday 16th August: Woodbridge The Thoroughfare IP12 1AQ 11.30am-1.30pm
Friday 17th August: Haverhill Market Hill CB9 8AA 11.30am-1.30pm
PCC confirms 6.8% council precept increase for policing in Suffolk
The PCC presented his precept proposal to the Police and Crime Panel meeting at Suffolk County Council’s HQ today for their consideration; the panel unanimously supported the increase.
Raising the precept by 6.8% will add approximately £2.9m to the Constabulary’s budget in the next financial year, for a band D property the increase is £12 a year. More…..
Suffolk’s Office of the PCC awarded for openness and transparency
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore is delighted to announce that his team has been awarded a prestigious national award for openness and transparency for the third successive year.
Christopher Jackson, Chief Executive of Suffolk’s OPCC said, “We were commended for excellence for openness and transparency, which is down to the hard work and application of the OPCC in ensuring we comply with our statutory obligations concerning making information available to the public.”
He added, “It is really important that this office complies with the statutory obligations placed upon the Police and Crime Commissioner. This includes making sure we publish all the information we are required to publish in a clear and accessible way. We are determined to make sure anyone looking for information finds what they need quickly and easily and I am pleased that CoPaCC has acknowledged this by making this award.”
The Quality Mark was presented to Christopher Jackson by Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC on Tuesday 9th January.