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Making Cumbria Even Safer: My Police and Crime Plan for 2016-20

The Police and Crime Plan sets out the policing priorities for the Commissioner and the Chief Constable.  The Plan has been developed following public consultation asking people to identify what is important to them, the policing knowledge from the Chief Constable linked to national policing priorities and input from the Police and Crime Panel.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall said:  “I am delighted to be launching the Police and Crime Plan which sets out the direction for policing in Cumbria.  Our focus is to fight crime and anti-social behaviour, support victims and bring offenders to justice through effective policing.

“I would like to thank all the people that took part in the consultation from across communities as well as partner organisations.  This together with the views from the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Panel has formulated a robust plan to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The Police and Crime Plan is just the start and will evolve throughout my term of office.  I would urge people to continue to write or attend any of my public events to let me know your views and issues about policing.  Only by letting me know what is happening in your community can the issues be addressed.  The Plan focuses on ‘we not they’ and I am a great believer that we all need to work together to make Cumbria an even safer place.

“The Plan has included a specific objective for online and sexual crime to reflect the changing nature of criminality locally, nationally and internationally.  The way that we all communicate and shop has changed and this has brought a very different type of crime which is often complicated and difficult to investigate.  It is essential that the Plan grows organically to meet this very fast evolving area of crime.

“If we are to keep our communities safe for future generations, we need to start by involving young people and that is why the Plan has a key objective of supporting young people.  Work has already started and I expect to be able to announce more details about a Youth Commission early in 2017.”

Chief Constable Jerry Graham added: “I believe that the Police and Crime Plan set out by the Police and Crime Commissioner provides a firm direction on policing priorities over the next four years. I would like to thank those who have taken the time out to contribute their thoughts on what policing for Cumbria should look like.

“As most people will be aware crime has changed and evolved with the rest of the world. The Plan highlights this with reference to the increasing focus on online crime. This mirrors the work the Constabulary has been conducting in recent years in building our expertise and resourcing capability to tackle this crime type. Crime is no longer just a local issue but regional, national and even global.

“As with the changing picture of crime, the role of the police is evolving too. For a number of years now there has been a great emphasis on partnership working, whether that be with other emergency services, police forces, councils or support agencies. This work is crucial in keeping people safe and we will continue to develop ways in which we can work together effectively for our local communities.

“Cumbria is a safe place to live, work and visit and this is testament to the positive work officers and staff conduct on a daily basis. In the past year alone, the Constabulary has delivered a large amount of organisational change, rolled out mobile working and successfully managed unprecedented levels of flooding across Cumbria. All of this has been achieved whilst crime figures remain at a low level. I hope that other the next four years we continue to supply the people of Cumbria with a policing service that they can trust and be proud of.”

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