A far-reaching, independent report published by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) today (Tuesday 3 March 2015) takes an unprecedented look at how victims of domestic abuse consider they are supported in the county.
The research, commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and led by UCS’s Senior Lecturer Dr Emma Bond, considers verbatim data drawn from individual interviews and focus groups based on the experiences of 69 Suffolk survivors (63 females and 6 males) who volunteered to take part in the study. More…..
Precept increased by 6p* a week for next year
Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmor will be asking council taxpayers to pay an average 6p a week extra towards policing in the county in the next financial year.
The PCC presented his proposal to the Police and Crime Panel meeting at Suffolk County Council’s HQ today for their consideration; the panel unanimously supported the proposal. More…
This month’s Passmore Priority is: Investment
Police forces across the country are having to make difficult decisions as they endeavour to deliver an efficient and effective police service with less funding; Suffolk is no different. The budgetary challenge is a major focus for us at his time and that is why I have made this my Passmore Priority.
The Chief Constable has presented a range of options to plug the funding gap and I am reassured that we will be able to meet this financial challenge and continue to keep the county safe, but one thing is clear – Suffolk Constabulary will have to change. There will be fewer staff and fewer police officers in Suffolk; we just can’t afford to keep officer numbers at the current level.
I am confident we can create efficiencies. We have made a good start on pooling public sector resources in Suffolk, especially in our estate. There is considerable scope to expand this work and in other areas such as public access, community safety and blue light integration.
Countywide Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service secured
A major grant commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore to support victims of domestic violence and abuse, has been awarded to Lighthouse Women’s Aid.
The three-year grant will secure a countywide Independent Domestic Violence Advisors service to provide specialist support dedicated to the individual needs of victims of domestic abuse.
This is a significant boost to the existing provision and responds to critical reports by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and CAADA (Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse) which highlighted that Suffolk had insufficient IDVA capacity to effectively support the levels of high risk victims in Suffolk. More…..