Police and Crime Panel

JONATHON SEED- AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON POLICE AND CRIME PANEL

With the National Lead on Local Policing, Chief Constable Simon Cole, at the 2019 Local Policing Conference

The role of the Police and Crime Panel for Wiltshire and Swindon is to hold the Police and Crime Commissioner to Account. 

Over the years that I have been a Member of the Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel I have been a very active member.  I have attended two national conferences on behalf of the Panel, I have put regular questions to the Commissioner on behalf of local communities.  I have questioned his budget and operational influence of the Police and I have secured significant improvements to his plans for policing the Force Area.  This includes ensuring that many more police officers than originally planned are dedicated to policing of communities. 

The questions that I have asked the Commissioner at the Police and Crime Panel over the past year are listed below:

Cllr Jonathon Seed – PCP Questions

How many of the following did the PCC attend in the 2017-18 year, and when:

A.  Full Council or Cabinet Meetings of Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council

B.  Meetings of Town or Parish Councils

C.  Area Boards

On how many occasions has the PCC accompanied Community Speed Watch deployment in the year?

Can the PCC explain how many of the officers allocated to CPT are 

A. on duty in the whole of the County at any one time and indicate how many are allocated to the CPTs

B. on duty in each CPT and allocated to each CPT

C. On leave, sickness, u- allocated or otherwise unavailable to fulfil a CPT role

How many miles did the PCC drive on duty in the past year excluding journeys from home to his office?

How many evening meetings starting after seven pm did the PCC attend last year?

Can a breakdown be provided for all grants from the Commissioner’s Community Fund? 

How many of the following did the PCC attend in the 2017-18 year, and when:

A.  Full Council or Cabinet Meetings of Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council - 0

B.  Meetings of Town or Parish Councils - 3

C.  Area Boards – 8

As you know I am not a member of the Full Council or Cabinet for either Local Authority, and would not attend unless specifically invited as these are the leadership and governance mechanisms for the Local Authorities.

On how many occasions has the PCC accompanied Community Speed Watch deployment in the year? - 7

Can the PCC explain how many of the officers allocated to CPT are 

A. on duty in the whole of the County at any one time and indicate how many are allocated to the CPTs

B. on duty in each CPT and allocated to each CPT

C. On leave, sickness,un allocated or otherwise unavailable to fulfil a CPT role

This information is contained with the new CPT deployability report that will be covered at the next PCP meeting, in line with previous agenda items with the panel and further discussions between my office and the PCP chair.

How many miles did the PCC drive on duty in the past year excluding journeys from home to his office? – 8109 miles

How many evening meetings starting after seven pm did the PCC attend last year? - 46

I would also like to inform you of the following information which provides additional context to the role I perform as the role is not just focused on evening meetings. In an average week I work 46 hours per week. 

Can a breakdown be provided for all grants from the Commissioners Community Fund? 

This can be found on my website, a link to which is here https://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/article/3411/PCC-s-Community-Action-Fund

What is the total number of warranted officers and (separately) PCSOs in Wiltshire and Swindon Police Area for the past five years ? Please list Special Constables separately and give figures for in post and not establishments.

Details for actual total numbers of officers employed by Wiltshire Police (in Full Time Equivalent) from 31 March Payroll data is as follows, the data source analysis goes back 4 years.

YearOfficersPCSOSpecials
2017949109163
20161009116164
20151010130176
20141042119318

What is the current Wiltshire capitation cost for a. A four year qualified police Constable.

b. A similarly qualified PCSO.

A Constable on spine point 4 costs the force £35,136 for Basic pay, NI and Pension.

A PCSO on spine point 4 costs the force £26,384

What is the percentage of police warranted officers in staff and administrative posts and front line policing roles in Wiltshire and Swindon.  Please list Special Constables separately and give figures for in post and not establishments.

Taking staff and administration posts to mean the business support functions as defined in HMIC’s Value for Money:

The following data sourced from the HMIC Value for Money report shows the percentage of officers in frontline and business support functions. This is on an officer establishment basis as ‘in post’ data in this format is not currently available.

YearFrontlineFrontline SupportBusiness Support
201794%3%3%
201694%3%3%
201594%3%3%
201494%3%3%

What is the number of warranted police roles in staff and administration that have been replaced by civilian alternatives in the past five years?

Warranted officer posts and staff posts in Business Support functions have been reduced over the past 5 years but not specifically replaced through modernisation. 

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I attend the Parish Council meetings of seven rural villages on a monthly basis.   In the days of NPT a PCSO or a PC used to attend these meetings for a few minutes to update community leaders on activity in their communities and listen to any concerns.   In recent months, and since the introduction of CPT, the input of the police to these meetings has become negligible if at all.  Can the PCC encourage better liaison between CPTs and their community representatives?

As reported and discussed at previous Panel meetings, many of the CPT teams no longer attend Parish Council meetings as a matter of course. In some areas parish councils were surveyed and it was felt that, in most cases, with budgets and resources under severe pressure, it was better for a Police Officer or PCSO to be on their patch “doing” rather than in a meeting. The police always strive to provide a written update to Parish Councils and always encourage sign up to Community Messaging, which provides bespoke information for each area. 

All Parishes should know who their local points of contact are and after initial teething problems, I believe that this is now the case. The force do try to get to those meetings where a number of Parishes all come together in one meeting, rather than attending several dozen different ones. However, if any parishes had specific issues, they would of course attend if possible. 

We are aware that you have raised these concerns with the sector Inspector for his area, Inspector Fee, and raised the issue around visibility and Inspector Fee explained the weekly tasking process he chaired. This meeting focusses on where the priorities are  in West Wiltshire so that officers can be used efficiently and effectively. There are limited resources and the police have to prioritise accordingly. The area to which Councillor Seed refers - Poulshot, Seend, Bulkington, Keevil, Steeple Ashton, Great Hinton and Semington.

I can also confirm that the PCSO now responsible for these wards did draft a report and disseminated it to all the parish councils in the area in October. In addition, she patrols all the villages when on shift to try and maintain visibility unless diverted elsewhere. There is a great deal of liaison between parish councils and the police and whilst we are aware that there were some issues at the start of CPT, we do believe that communications have improved although this may need to continue to develop.  

Please could I ask the Commissioner:

When he first knew that Gloucestershire may withdraw from the TriForce Agreement

When he first knew that Gloucestershire would withdraw from the Tri Force Agreement

What is the cause of Gloucestershire's withdrawal?

What are the effects of Gloucestershire's withdrawal on the remaining two forces?

Glos have not withdrawn from Tri Force. AS have served notice that they intend to withdraw as of 31/3/19. All PCCs and CCs agreed at a meeting in April 2018 that Tri Force arrangements needed review. See minuted decision below:

RESOLVED unanimously that the current Tri Force agreement be varied on terms to be finalised, to include

A&S to provide the command and infrastructures for a hosted model (as defined by the Police Foundation) for Black Rock Training and Firearms operational delivery

  1. More local control for roads policing and dog sections
  2. The variation to be agreed and signed within 12 months.

When he first knew that Gloucestershire would withdraw from the Tri Force Agreement

See above

What is the cause of Gloucestershire's withdrawal?

See above. It has been clear for some 12 months that Glos wish to brand roads policing and dogs policing assets as Glos owned, and that Glos wish to exert more local control over these assets. They are considering with AS and W how best to configure armed response.

What are the effects of Gloucestershire's withdrawal on the remaining two forces?

There may be cost and resilience consequences for all

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I would like to ask the PCC what his estimate of the effect of reallocation of police pension arrangements will be on officer numbers in Wiltshire and Swindon

Salisbury City Council Application for Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers

Salisbury City Council contracts two “stewards” from a Company called “Venture Security” to provide a level of support to the public, City Council and police around anti-social behaviour, street drinking and aggressive begging while generally keeping watch over the “estate” and City Centre. They work closely with Wiltshire Council Housing and Rough Sleeping teams and keep a day to day eye on the health and well-being of some of the city less fortunate.

To assist further in their duties and to provide more support to the police SCC have been asking for Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers (CSAS) for a considerable time, and while all concerned have said this would be a very positive step forward 

I would like to ask the Commissioner to look into when or if Salisbury CSAS powers will be signed off.

Salisbury City Council Application for Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers

It is the company Venture Security which has applied to Wiltshire Police for Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers and not Salisbury City Council itself.  The City Council is proposing to use Venture Security to provide the stewards and the company also wishes to operate in Hampshire. Therefore, to avoid duplication of work, Wiltshire Police is working with Hampshire Police, which is currently vetting a number of stewards to be used by Venture Security.  Wiltshire vetting have agreed that it will accept the Hampshire vetting so as not to require the process to be carried out twice. This takes time and is the longest part of the process. Once appropriately vetted individuals have been identified, the force will be able to consider the application for CSAS powers and a report will be submitted to the Chief Constable who will decide whether CSAS status will be granted. We have no control over the length of time the vetting process takes but the Force are fully engaged with Hampshire and will consider the application as soon as possible.

Community Police Teams – Please could the PCC outline how CPT officers are deployed?  How many of those allocated to CPT duties are allocated to response tasks within their sector.  How many are allocated to duties within their communities?

The previous knife crime statistics seen by the Panel were encouraging.  What are the latest statistics and is the encouraging trend continuing?

Please can the Commissioner give figures for the number of victims of crime seen and supported through the criminal justice system by staff of the Horizon Centre?

Please can the Commissioner give the latest update and crime prevention statistics achieved by the Bobby Van Trust?

 

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