Your Opportunity to change Policing
On the 15th of November 2012 the election of the Sussex PCC (Police & Crime Commissioner) will take place. For the first time the electorate will have a direct say in policing. The Police Minister Nick Herbert said in a speech that this will be
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Irrespective of the fact that I lost, I still do not think that this invalidates some of the arguments I was making, I just hope that the remaining candidates take on some of these ideas and would be happy to help with their campaigns and in anyway in the mission to reform policing to the betterment of our society.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Starting under Commissioner Bill Bratton, the New York Police Department made a substantial investment in technology and data analysis as a management tool to increase the accountability of local precinct commanders (COMPSTAT).
One of the benefits of the COMPSTAT approach was that it helped break down the cities crime problems into more manageable smaller units of analysis; instead of a citywide maze of information, police could focus on distinct precincts and individual neighbourhoods with specific problems.
In the city Minneapolis 50% of the crime came from 3.5% of the cities address's. This led them to develop Hot Spot Policing to bear down on Crime. They concentrated resource in tackling drugs parks, as you know when this has been suggested in the UK the argument followed that you would simply displace crime to adjacent areas, the data didn't corroborate this, in fact they found that adjacent areas actually benefited from Hop Spot Policing.
In the USA they have elected District Attorneys, and this gives scope for small scale innovation by individual DA's on a District by District basis. One of these innovations that started in the 1990's was community justice through Community courts, particularly Drugs Courts and Youth Courts, these are run by the community for the benefit of the community and even have many ex offenders involved in the process, they achieve a 94% approval rating from communities. This seems such a commonsense idea to reduce the cost of our Justice system and to make it much more relevant to the people passing through the system.
The CPS in the UK prosecutes on behalf of the Crown, but I can see situations where the Elected PCC can challenge the CPS in how they run things and also encourage them to introduce new ways of processing cases and prosecutions. Drugs are a driver of crime and rehabilitation is the way to break the cycle of crime and reform lives.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
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Tuesday, 1 May 2012
The biggest priority will be the budget, and as this will have to be put in place fairly quickly; expectations will be high, but it is inevitable that the newly elected PCC will inherit much of the Police Authority's budget and will have to control those expectations. The wise candidate will have to balance raising hopes in the election with the realistic expectations of what can be achieved in the first 90 days.
Jam tomorrow would be the flavour of the day and I would (If Successful) announce in the first week, reviews of Force Procurement, Human Resources and Asset Management with reports coming back by March 2013, this will give some momentum. Also the Successful PCC will have to think of Deputy Commissioners and the team around them, hopefully the successful candidate will have firm ideas of who they want.
A lot of these issues should be aired in the campaign debates, the electorate in Sussex are a sophisticated lot and there are plenty of retired businessmen and woman in Sussex that will hold the Candidates feet to the fire, if successful in the nomination I will relish the challenge.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
My view is that there is scope for reform, at the moment every District or Borough Council have their own partnership, crime does not respect borders and it seems wholly sensible to consolidate partnerships over greater areas of say 3 or 4 District Council area's, this would reduce the partnerships in Sussex from 13 to about 4 or 5. This would save money and allow the PCC to support these valuable partnerships with money from the PCC budget.
We could also include such items as rough sleeper initiatives into the responsibilities of the partnerships, so the answer to the question I posed earlier in this article is yes if I was elected as Sussex's PCC I would support the Crime Reduction Partnerships, but not in their present form.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
PCSO’s earn just under £20,000, Sussex has approximately 390 PCSO’s and their basic salary is within SPA 7 grade (£18,093 to £19,770). They do not have the power of arrest; PCSO’s are not replacements for Full Constables but are the eyes and ears for the Full Constables and do prevent crime. I believe that PCSO’s have an important role and the role gives a career path to becoming Full Constables. I also believe that they should be allowed to work after midnight, and it’s ridiculous that they are prevented from doing so.
If I was elected as PCC I would insist on this change. It would be very useful operationally for them to be available on Friday & Saturday nights to allow them to police the Night Time Economy and work up to 0300hrs, but why have any restrictions at all? If you remember back to the riots in August 2011, manpower was stretched to the limit, so I would support lifting all restrictions on PCSO working.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012
This is an article in the Guardian link I have answered the questions and my answers are in blue
Directly-elected PCCs are intended to hold the police to account. As candidates emerge, here are some questions for them
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
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Monday, 30 January 2012
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The Conservative party in Sussex will decide soon the electoral process to select Candidates and this will lead to selection of a Candidate by May 2012 with the election taking place on the 15th of November
I am the District Councillor for the Arundel Ward and Cabinet Member for the Environment on Arun District Councillor as well as being Conservative Sussex Area Chairman responsible for the 16 Associations and liaison for the 13 Sussex Conservative MP's.
I believe that The Role of Police Commissioner is a critical Community role as Law and Order is one of the fundamental precursors to a Civil Society.