New police and crime plan gains approval from PCC scrutiny body
Tackling crimes which matter to communities, reducing violence and serious harm, increased focus on victim care and ensuring Wiltshire Police meets the needs of its communities are the new priorities for policing in the county.
Wiltshire PCC Philip Wilkinson delivered his finalised police and crime plan, which details the strategic policing focus for the Force until mid 2025, to a meeting of Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Panel yesterday (10th).
Support for the new plan – Making Wiltshire Safer - was evident as the cross-party councillors unanimously ratified the document.
Mr Wilkinson said: “I am pleased my new plan has gained the support of the Panel.
“Since starting in this role, my mission has always been to make Wiltshire a safer place to live, work and visit.
“Now is the time for Wiltshire Police, and my office, to go back-to-basics and deliver exactly what our residents want – a quality, frontline, policing service which tackles the crimes which matter most to them.
“Making Wiltshire Safer sets out the direction for policing focus and priorities until 2025 as well as showing you the funding I receive and how it is spent to keep Wiltshire safer for all.”
Making Wiltshire Safer
Next week, Mr Wilkinson will launch Making Wiltshire Safer: Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Plan and aims to show residents how the feedback and information they gave him informed the plan and the policing focus.
Mr Wilkinson added: “From the start, I was determined my police and crime plan – and the strategic policing blueprint for Wiltshire Police – would be informed by you, Wiltshire and Swindon’s residents, to deliver a service that you have told me is important to you and that you deserve. I am really proud that this is what has happened.
“I consulted widely with the people of Wiltshire and Swindon via Use Your Voice and there were opportunities for you to download copies of the draft plan and participate in public discussions on social media – as well as directly feeding into my office.
“I’m pleased thousands of you took this opportunity with many councillors, MPs, charities and third sector organisations engaging on our community’s behalf.
“I listened to our key stakeholders and partners using Focus Group sessions, heard the operational policing advice from the Chief Constable, as well as considering national policing priorities and threat, harm and risk assessments.
“Our new police and crime plan is as closely aligned with your concerns and aspirations as possible - and this has been balanced with advice from the Chief Constable, as well as from those national priorities.
"It is now time for us to work together to ensure our delivery is impactful and makes the difference we all want to see – a safer Wiltshire for all."