Evidence-based decision making is at the heart of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ approach as the voice of local people in policing and in delivering the Police and Crime Needs Assessment 2015.
Working with key partners, the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on an annual basis develops a Police and Crime Needs Assessment to inform the PCC’s strategic decision making and form the basis of the Police and Crime Plan.
The Police and Crime Needs Assessment aims to highlight the main issues, risks and threats that are likely to impact upon the crime and community safety environment between 2016 and 2019.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The Police and Crime Needs Assessment is a vital piece of work in helping us identify significant issues across Avon and Somerset, profile community safety services, review current gaps in service delivery and consider victims across commissioned service areas.
“Although we have made some progress, with the victimisation survey indicating that the overall prevalence of crime and anti-social behaviour continues to fall, efforts need to be concentrated on domestic and sexual abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.
“I would like to thank all of our partners for their contribution to the 2015 Police and Crime Needs Assessment, a huge amount of work has gone into preparing this document. It’s only by working together that we can truly be there for our local residents ensuring they are safe and feel safe.”
You can read the Police and Crime Needs Assessment 2015 on the PCC website by clicking here.
The document analyses the changing environment in Avon and Somerset as well as the changing patterns of demand, victimisation and offending. Public perception and community engagement has also been explored, identifying public priorities, expectations, trust and confidence.
Contributors to the assessment and acknowledgements include Avon and Somerset Police, Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board, Bath and North East Somerset Community Safety Partnership, BGSW Community Rehabilitation Company, National Probation Service – Avon and Somerset, North Somerset Community Safety Partnership, Safer Bristol Community Partnership, Safer Somerset Partnership, South Gloucestershire Safer and Stronger Communities Strategic Partnership and Local Safeguarding Boards.
Posted on Monday 11th January 2016