Paul attended a day in London looking at the future of policing in England and Wales. On 15th November 2012 people are set to vote for who they would like to see as the regional Police and Crime Commissioner. This office will be held for four years and will hold responsibility for:
Appointing the Chief Constable and holding them to account; Producing a 5 year Police and Crime Plan; Setting the annual policing precept component of the council tax and the annual police force budget; Co-operating with the Criminal Justice System; and working with partners and funding community safety activity by making grants to partner bodies.
A key factor for projects such as Street Angels is that funding will not be ring-fenced (as it is currently through the Safer and Stronger Communities section of a local authority) which may have an impact on funding for your project.
Partner engagement events are taking place across the UK and we encourage you to attend the one in your location:
Jan 24th Lancaster; 25th Crewe; 31st Birmingham; Feb 1st Leicester; 2nd Derby; 7th Portsmouth; 8th Reading; 9th London; 21st Ipswich; 22nd Cambridge; 23rd Leeds; 28th Exeter; 29th Swindon; March 1st Cardiff; 6th Newcastle; 7th Manchester; 8th Llandudno. Details are yet to be finalised.
More information on the events is at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/ and a good document to read is on-line at www.clinks.org/publications/briefings