The Panel welcomed Angelique Foster, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, to give a verbal update on the Police and Crime Plan as follows:
· After the plan was published, the Chief Constable drafted an operational delivery plan to deliver on the six priorities identified by the PCC;
· Since the publication of the plan lots more public engagement on it had taken place
· Anti-social behaviour grants were taken up by 22 organisations to use in their communities
· Safer street funding had been distributed to enable measures such as improved CCTV and lighting and bystander training
· A meeting held on the subject of violence against women and girls and this area of concern was reflected across the PCC’s priorities.
· The PCC holds regular meetings with the Chief Constable in order to hold the force to account on each of the six priorities.
· 20 life saving kits installed across Derby City in licensed premises
· Some work had been done on the issue of Illegal encampment issues, which had been identified as an area of concern. This was due to the perception that that the Police did not support residents with the issues caused by this. Meetings had been held with affected communities and an Illegal encampment task force had been established in Northeast Derbyshire designed to enable agencies to work quickly in partnership to address issues caused. It is hoped to create other similar task forces in other areas of the force area in partnership with Local Councils.
· The PCC has held meetings to discuss knife crime and managing community tensions.
· There were plans for further engagement with the community, but it was not feasible for the PCC to attend all Parish Councils/Community Board meetings.
· The PCC had paid a visit to the safe space scheme in Derby City which was operating successfully
· The PCC had visited a variety of rural areas to present the Police and Crime plan and discuss rural crime specifically so that residents feel supported.
· On International Woman’s Day an event was held to highlight services available to women crime victims in Derbyshire.
· The PCC had recently joined the volunteer street pastors in Derby who support the night-time economy and she was able to see first hand how they support vulnerable residents.
· The PCC had visited a scheme in Belper that provides specific independent support service for deaf and blind residents across Derbyshire.
· The PCC’s office is keen to increase the number of neighbourhood watch schemes across the area with improved support from the Police.
· There is a big focus on road safety in March and the PCC had recently become a member of the Derbyshire road safety partnership. There would be continued work with partners to bring down the number of road deaths.
· The PCC had supported a trail scheme for speed indicator devices to be installed across Derbyshire by the County Council. Funding has been made available and she is keen for the trial to be success.
In response to question from the Panel, the PCC advised that it was high on her agenda to deal with any form of discrimination in Derbyshire Police. She was fully aware of such issues in other parts of the problem and the Chief Constable was actively working to address.
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