Welcome to my blog, where you can find out more about my motivation and thoughts as the Police and Crime Commissioner, serving Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton. I also host guest blogs from partners and people working alongside my office.
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To properly deal with Hate Crime it is vital that all incidents taking place are reported. Many go under reported, which is a problem considering the effect Hate Crime has on individuals, their families and a community.
I was excited to visit Portsmouth’s new custody suite. I have heard that this new Police Investigation Centre (or PIC) is a flagship building. I’d been to Portsmouth’s old suite a few years back so I was keen to see what had changed. More than that, I love that it’s called EPIC. My seven-year-old calls all good things ‘epic’, it felt like a good omen and I was pleased to be welcomed along for a shift. I was not disappointed.
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships work in partnership with the police and the local authority to reduce the negative impact of crime and disorder on businesses. They are a civil body in their own right governed by a body elected from its own member businesses. They share information and use jointly agreed enforcement rights to restrict access to premises and enforce self-established civil banning orders.
Today sees the start of ‘Operation Limelight’, a national operation at airports across the country to protect those that are vulnerable and at risk of Forced Marriage or Female Genital Mutilation.
Keeping our rural communities safer remains high on my agenda. Recently I awarded funding to Hampshire Constabulary Country Watch for crime prevention initiatives, which have been recognised as best practice in rural crime prevention.
It is my belief that initiatives, such as the projects below, are crucial to tackling hate crime early on and promoting inclusive communities where everyone feels safe, regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, or disabilities.
During Volunteers Week, Sarah Arnold, who has been a member and volunteer with the Youth Commission since December 2017, gives an insight into what it means to volunteer as a Youth Commission member.
The Police and Crime Commissioner was delighted to hold his annual Safer Together event on 18 May; this year it took place at Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth. The event brought together 14 local partners, who deliver commissioned projects that support the vulnerable, work with those at risk of offending and help victims of crime.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, I and Hampshire Constabulary continue to work closely with the National Crime Agency to tackle and prevent serious and organised crime and to support victims of it. And I continue to fight for the right funding to deliver the modern policing response that this complex and rapidly evolving type of crime requires.
Policing, the Criminal Justice System, support and intervention services all have to move and adapt with the changing nature of crime. But how do we know we are making the right decisions when it comes to shaping and investing in services or influencing policies?
This week is National Stalking Awareness Week – an important week that helps shine a light on the blight that stalking and harassment brings to too many lives. This is vulnerability and risk that I and other PCCs have worked to mitigate, putting in place measures that protect and support victims.
Since the Police and Crime Commissioner first commissioned a Restorative Justice (RJ) service across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in 2016, the number of people contacting or being referred to the service has been rising steadily. But should it really be used for any crime type, including domestic and sexual abuse cases?
Earlier this month, on 5 March, Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane and young people from the PCC’s Youth Commission and the Constabulary’s police cadet scheme buried a time capsule at the new Eastern Police Investigation Centre (PIC) in Portsmouth. Youth Commission members Faith, Casey and Marcia have written about what they put into the time capsule and why.
With the current national debate on the rise of knife crime, and with the press full of stories of violence, I understand that people may be concerned about safety here in their local area.
Keeping the Public Informed: Every household in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton will this month receive a leaflet with their council tax bill for 2019/20 that explains how the policing budget is spent.
Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM introduced by the United Nations 16 years ago. The policing response has developed considerably in Hampshire, developing partnership working through awareness training to equip those frontline services dealing with families to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Having heard the Policing Minister’s announcement in the House of Commons, I wanted immediately to welcome the Police Funding Settlement for next year – 2019/20 – announced by the Government in parliament.
This is an important week for keeping us all SAFER, since we have been promised by Government to receive details of the financial settlement and options for setting the policing element of the council tax.