Northumbria Police Plans
Police & Crime Plan
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is asking people throughout the force area for their Policing Priorities
Full details of the consultation meetings can be found on the PCC website.
Those unable to attend are asked to fill out the below survey:
- Campaign strategy (PDF)
Domestic Abuse Action Plan 2018
On 14 November 2017 a progress report was published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in relation to the police response to domestic abuse. HMICFRS highlighted six Areas for Improvement (AFIs) nationally and their recommendations included a commitment that every police force in England and Wales should establish and publish an action plan that specifies in detail what steps it will take to improve its approach to domestic abuse.
As a strategic priority for the force and the Police and Crime Commissioner, HMICFRS found that tackling domestic abuse is a clear priority for Northumbria Police and this is recognised by officers and staff throughout the organisation.
However, the force recognises the need for continual improvement and therefore Northumbria Police Safeguarding Department owns this plan and various individuals have responsibility for ensuring that the actions are met within the timescales provided.
We, as a force, will continue to develop our approach with innovative thinking and will work with our Police and Crime Commissioner, partner agencies and victim specialists to ensure that we can make a genuine difference to those victims and their families whose lives are blighted by Domestic Abuse.
HMIC was originally commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the police response in all Forces regarding the use of Stop and Search in 2013. with a follow-up in 2015.
The legality proportionality and manner in which the tactic is used is crucial in ensuring public confidence and its use can lead in some cases to community tensions.
The report findings gave each Force an Action Plan which included oversight and governance arrangements, renewed emphasis on training and handling complaints when they arise from the tactic being used.
In addition to this the Home Secretary launched the “Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme” which although voluntary, Northumbria Police fully engaged with. We recognise that the involvement of the public whether through scrutiny panels, involving the Strategic Independent Advisory Group, and review groups embedded within our communities. Enabling the public to observe the tactic at first hand and publishing our data down to a neighbourhood level is important in keeping confidence high in the Force area.
Those recommendations and actions are now subject to an Action Plan which details the steps that have been taken to improve our use of this tactic.
Northumbria will continue to improve in its use of the tactic and will strive to ensure that each time officers use the power they do so in a legal, courteous and professional manner.
The action plan is owned by the Force lead for 'Stop and Search' who also sits on the national Police and Public Encounters Board which sits quarterly and ensures that the service drives the improvements for the whole of the Police service on behalf of the National Police Chief Council and the College of Policing.
The action plan has oversight by Chief Officers on a monthly basis and further updates are provided quarterly to members of the Strategic Management Board.