Police and Crime Commissioner sets out his new policing plan for Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones.

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A new blueprint for tackling crime and supporting victims in Lincolnshire has been unveiled by the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

The plan, called Safer Together, sets out Mr Jones’ priorities for the next four years.

In the Community Safety, Policing and Criminal Justice Plan for Lincolnshire Mr Jones sets out the actions he will be taking to help ensure communities stay safe.

A crucial element is a drive for improved collaboration between the public, councils, health organisations and emergency bodies to ensure the best possible services across the county.

The blueprint is built around four key principles – community safety and prevention in partnership; listening and responding; protecting and supporting victims and the vulnerable; and policing that works.

“There’s no doubt we have set out an ambitious plan for the next four years but I am determined that Lincolnshire has the very best services possible,” said Mr Jones.

“We already have a force that is rated highly but I believe we can improve the services to our communities through smarter and innovative working and I am confident we can achieve that goal.

“We have already made a good start with a number of pioneering projects already underway or launching in the near future.

“But the police and my office cannot achieve these goals alone. We will need support from the public and a collaborative ethos from partners around the county and with that I really believe we can make our communities even safer.”

Among the actions set out in the plan are:

• Create a single ‘joined-up’ approach to reducing offending and re-offending and establish integrated offender management to tackle the most challenging and prolific offenders

• Create a coherent approach to managing offenders released from prison to maximise the chance of rehabilitation and reduce reoffending

• Support for citizen involvement through volunteers and ‘watch’ schemes

• Raise awareness of elder abuse and of those with learning difficulties or other vulnerabilities and work with partners to identify and disrupt threats to the vulnerable, for example from targeted ‘scamming’.

• Establish a Youth Advisory Group to seek the views of young people from a range of backgrounds

• Create a Community Commission to ensure the public voice is heard from across the county

• Commission, with partners, specialist adult and children services to support victims of sexual crimes and domestic abuse with compassionate services that support them through the criminal justice process and beyond

• Ensure services are commissioned to keep those with mental health needs out of the criminal justice system.

• Invest in ensuring the police have access to mental health advice and support in the Force control room, in the community and through improved training and awareness for officers and staff

• Support neighbourhood policing, backed by specialist support, that work with their communities to identify, prevent and tackle crime.

• Invest in appropriate information and communication technology (ICT) to support modern frontline policing enabling officers to spend less time desk-bound and more time out in the community.

• Invest in appropriate equipment to meet the varied needs of policing a large and diverse county.

• Provide fit for purpose property suitable for modern and flexible policing, including the creation of a combined police, fire and ambulance station in Lincoln to share resources and to support and enhance their emergency response to the public.

To read the full Community Safety, Policing and Criminal Justice Plan for Lincolnshire go to https://lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk/home/