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PCC and Chief Constable to discuss Drugs, Shoplifting and Crime Recording

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Performance and Accountability Board will be broadcast live from our Facebook account this Tuesday (14th of November) at 2.00pm. Click here to join.  

The Performance and Accountability Board (PAB) is a meeting that sees the PCC hold the Chief Constable (CC) of Avon and Somerset to account for delivering policing that is efficient, effective, and legitimate by scrutinising and asking questions about their police performance and priorities. 

Each PAB covers three areas:

  1. Topical
  2. PCC post bag
    Concerns or issues raised the public write to the PCC about
  3. Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL)
    The primary framework in which police forces are inspected. 

Below is a breakdown of the next PAB discussion areas.  

Topical: Drugs 

There will be discussions about how proactive the police are in catching and disrupting those who supply illegal drugs.

PCC Post Bag: Shoplifting  

The PCC will be asking questions relating to shoplifting across Avon and Somerset, following requests from the PCC postbag.  

Shoplifting is currently a national issue in the UK.

PEEL: Recordings of crimes

Finally, the PCC will question the CC on the PEEL reports. PEEL stands for: Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy and is the primary framework in which police forces are inspected.  

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) assesses and reports on the police and their work. Their independent reports are used to drive improvements in the delivery of services and to inform the public about the police and how they work.  

The two PEEL reports the PCC will be asking the CC are:  

  • Recording of crimes which involve vulnerable victims.
  • Recordings of crimes when antisocial behaviour is reported.

“I am aware of the horrendous impact that drugs can have on an individual, family and the wider community and I also understand the concerns that local people have when drug activity is happening in their neighbourhood. If you have any suspicions in your communities, please report to the police or to Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Preventing crime like shoplifting and supporting our business community is a priority for me and is an area of focus of my Police and Crime Plan. I know from my recent engagements that this is an area of concern for local businesses, as it is respect for shop workers week it’s a good time to look at what work is happening in this area.

“Following a PEEL inspection, I am asking the Chief Constable to give me an update on how Avon and Somerset Police are doing on the accuracy on their crime reporting system “.

PCC Mark Shelford