PROTECTING the vulnerable and supporting victims are at the heart of policing plans for Warwickshire over the next four years.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has outlined his objectives in his newly-published Police and Crime Plan.
It includes a Victim’s Charter aims to help ensure victims and survivors of crime are the central focus for the police and other agencies involved in the criminal justice system.
Other key focuses of the plan include working to tackle drug, alcohol and mental health problems which underpin much crime.
And the plan also aims to ensure Warwickshire Police is transformed to meet the changing nature of crime, including measures to tackle cyber crime, child sexual exploitation, hate crime, terrorism and modern slavery, while continuing to ensure rural areas and businesses are also protected.
The plan also contains a commitment to increase the numbers of police officers, special constables and PCSOs during the commissioner’s term of office.
Mr Seccombe said: “In creating my first Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire I have listened carefully to the views of the public and victims of crime, talked widely with officers and staff at Warwickshire Police and had many discussions with our key partners and groups.
“The nature of crime is changing and the way our communities are policed needs to reflect that, while also recognising that the public rightly expects strong and visible community-based policing as its bedrock. This plan will strengthen policing across Warwickshire and build on the strong foundations which already exist.
“I want to ensure that the numbers of police officers, special constables and PCSOs can be increased over the levels we see today, through improvements in efficiency and better use of technology to deliver a service which maximises the resources that are available to it and can meet the challenges of the future head-on.
“Overall, I want to ensure that Warwickshire Police delivers the right service, at the right time to protect communities and provide a safer, more secure Warwickshire.”
Visit www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk to view the full plan.