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Commissioner unveils his crime plans online
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson has unveiled his vision for cutting crime in the town.
His draft Policing and Crime Plan was released online on Monday night so that the public could comment on his ideas for reducing crime and antisocial behaviour rates across the county.
It marks his first major policy announcement since taking office following the inaugural PCC elections in November, and sees him call for greater community involvement, more victim support and robust restorative justice.
Key initiatives within the plan include: strengthening neighbourhood policing by creating Safer Neighbour-hood Teams, involving not just the police but agencies such as local authorities, as well as communities; launching a £1m innovation fund for ideas that help reduce crime, antisocial behaviour and re-offending in Wiltshire and Swindon; and reducing the current re-offending rate by commissioning services that support those leaving prison.
To achieve the outcomes outlined in the four-year plan, his newly-created office has around £113m a year at its disposal.
Mr Macpherson said: “It is ambitious, but I think we have to be ambitious in order to encourage people to get involved.
“It is a police and crime plan, so it is not just about policing and I think it is quite radical – but then, the idea of having Police and Crime Commissioners is quite radical.
“The draft is more of a vision, so it does not lay out how things are going to be achieved.
“We will consult the public and see whether they share that vision or want to change the balance of it.
“So for example, I want to put victims back at the centre of the justice system – they are still victims right through the court process and afterwards.
“I think the innovation fund is the really exciting part because that money is there once and once only. “It will be used to set up a sustainable project or initiative that makes a difference and cuts crime and antisocial behaviour, and we want people’s ideas.”
Read the draft plan and give feedback from now until March 10 on the Commissioner’s website www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.
All feedback will then be considered before the final plan is published at the end of March.
As well as the draft plan itself being published on the website, the public can read an executive summary of the draft plan and download each section of the plan separately.
Printed copies of the draft Police and Crime Plan are available on request by contacting the Office of the PCC on 01380 734022.