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Police and Crime Plan 2021 – 2025

The Police and Crime Plan is a legal document that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) must produce under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

One of the PCC’s legal duties is to issue a Police and Crime Plan for the force area. This plan will include various aspects about policing of the area, how the Chief Constable will be held to account, and how the funding available to the PCC to deliver an efficient, effective and legitimate police service and support other services such as victim support.

A Police and Crime Plan is the blueprint for local policing. The Plan outlines specific areas of focus for improvement, by the Chief Constable, and their officers and staff, to be delivered during the PCC’s term in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC Mark Shelford’s four police and crime priorities are:

  • Preventing and fighting crime
  • Engaging, supporting and working with communities, victims and partner organisations
  • Leading the police to be efficient and effective
  • Increasing the legitimacy of, and public confidence in, the police and criminal justice system

You can read about Avon and Somerset Police’s performance against the Police and Crime Plan.

The PCC and OPCC ran a survey process for 12 weeks and residents were asked for their views on proposed topics to include in the Plan. The survey could be completed online or through a paper version and over 4,100 responses were received.

The responses from the survey highlighted that people agreed with the PCC’s proposed topics and priorities with the agreement levels ranging from 71%- 93%. The survey also helped the PCC understand how important these topics were for local people and how these levels of priority differ between groups of residents or communities.

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