Communities

Communities have confidence in how we respond to their needs.

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected by the public every four years, have responsibility for delivering an efficient and effective police service in their area and hold the police to account, making them answerable to the public.

In order to ensure people living and working in Cambridgeshire have a police force they trust and have confidence in, the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan includes the following objectives:

Joining-up service provision to listen and respond to day to day community safety issues.

Often agencies are dealing with the same people who have multiple issues and complex needs. As Chair of the Countywide Community Safety Strategic Board, the Commissioner is committed to bringing together services and systems to respond to community issues in a sustained and coordinated way, through co-location, aligned activity and information sharing. The work of this Countywide Board, and that of Community Safety Partnerships, demonstrates the joined-up approach with the different agencies, such as healthcare providers, local authorities and the emergency services, to deliver a joined-up approach to community safety.

An example of this is where the Commissioner funds three mental health nurses from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), in order to provide police officers with live clinical advice on the best way to help people in mental health crisis. You can read more here.

Inspire all public servants to maintain the highest levels of ethical behaviour to ensure public confidence and trust.

It is essential the public respect and trust their Constabulary. All public servants must maintain the highest level of standards and behaviour. The College of Policing’s Code of Ethics defines standards of behaviour in policing. The Commissioner has a role in the oversight of the police complaints system by ensuring the Chief Constable has appropriate processes in place to deal with complaints and conduct matters. The Constabulary has a strategy in place which focusses on recruitment, retention and progression policies to provide a workforce that is representative of the communities they serve.

Increase public involvement to improve community understanding and resilience.

The Commissioner is committed to promoting public involvement through active participation and support initiatives aimed at building community understanding and resilience. There are lots of ways in which members of the public can get involved in policing, from helping the Commissioner to set policing priorities to becoming a volunteer. Volunteers can provide specialist advice, local intelligence and community work to support safer and stronger communities. There are many ways to volunteer for the Constabulary such as through neighbourhood Watch, Speedwatch, Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers.

The Commissioner also runs an Independent Custody Scheme which protects the welfare of people in custody. For more information, visit the visitors scheme page.

Commissioners have a statutory duty to consult with members of the public and take their views into account. This engagement is done in many different ways: from neighbourhood meetings, community events, surgeries and public meetings as well as sitting on partnership groups to hosting online polls or through surveys. For more information about how the different ways the Commissioner meets the public, you can subscribe to his newsletter here.