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Unanimous Approval for Policing Budget

The budget for policing Leicestershire in 2018/19 has received the unanimous backing of its independent scrutiny body, thus securing 76 officer posts; boosting the number of investigators working on sexual assaults and enabling an investment in technology to improve efficiency.

Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who presented his budget proposals to the Police and Crime Panel this week (31st January) said that the decision would strengthen neighbourhood policing which is what the public have told him they want to see.

He added:

“In considering my options, I was determined to lay safe foundations for future years, but the options available were not exactly plentiful.

“The government’s own calculations assume that Police and Crime Commissioners will raise the precept by £12 a year for an average property.

“The Policing Minister’s proposals to raise more funding for policing are not wholly unwelcome, but I am disappointed that the entire burden is to be placed on local residents without any increase from the central funding pot. However, I am tremendously grateful for the support I have received from local taxpayers indicating their willingness to pay more for police services.

“This budget sets out to address the key risks and threats to public safety and to meet the Chief Constable’s needs from an operational perspective. It will protect police service delivery for the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It focusses on increasing the time spent on frontline policing and making officers more accessible to the public.

“I am also confident that we are clearly meeting the Minister’s own priorities. The budget report highlights our approach to the transparent and effective use of our reserves, the focus on improving productivity and efficiency and investment in digital technology to enhance mobile working.

“Having scrutinised my proposals in depth, the panel supported the budget and in doing so, approved the 6.41 per cent increase in the policing precept. It’s good news for policing and good news for communities.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole said:

“I am extremely pleased that Lord Bach has developed proposals that will enable us to dedicate more effort and resource in local, neighbourhood policing, and into tackling serious sexual offences and emerging crime types like cyber-crime.

“He has done so with the support of many hundreds of people who took part in a survey about the proposed rise in the amount of money local residents pay for policing, and with the full backing of the Police and Crime Panel.

“The budget will enable us to replace 52 officers as they retire that we would otherwise have not been able to afford to replace. We can also grow by 24 officers, with three going to each neighbourhood to look at cyber-crime, fraud, sexual offences and modern slavery. That means 76 officers more than we had expected.

“In addition we will gain four further sexual offences investigators, and add a positive action post to help us recruit a workforce that ever more closely represents our diverse communities.

“We will invest in middleware that helps our mobile kit work more effectively and in mobile fingerprint ID technology too.”

The net revenue budget for policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 2018/19 has been set at £176.255m which includes a contribution of £5.058M from reserves.

The total amount paid towards policing by a Band D household will go from £187.23 in the current financial year to £199.23 in 2018/19.

 

 

Young ideas on PCC’s Five “Vs”

Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.

Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.

The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.

Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.

The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.

Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:

“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.

“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”

Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.

It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

[Source / photo.: Office of the P.C.C.]

Van stolen during a burglary in Narborough

Polce AppealPolice are appealing for information after a vehicle was amongst items stolen during an aggravated burglary in Narborough

The incident took place around 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 December in Forest Road, when three masked men entered the house and demanded the occupants opened the safe.

The suspects made off with property including a white Ford Transit 300 SWB van which was parked on the driveway.

The van was later found abandoned near Hardwicke Lodge Riding School on Forest Road.

A 65-year-old victim sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Extensive enquiries have been conducted into the incident since it was reported, including house-to-house visits and a trawl of local CCTV and police are now calling upon the public’s help to try and identify those responsible.

From the investigations carried out so far we believe this was an isolated incident and the victims were deliberately targeted.

If you saw people acting suspiciously in the Forest Road area during the evening of Tuesday 13 December please get in touch with police.

Also, anyone who saw a white van being left near the riding school, are asked to contact the police.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1097 Dan Thorpe on 101, quoting crime number 413802.

Enderby Beat Team to hold ‘street surgery’ on St.Johns

enderby policeEnderby, Narborough, Littlethorpe and Fosse Park Beat Team will be holding a street surgery on St Johns, Enderby, on Friday 15th January between 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

Anyone who lives or works in the local area and have any policing concerns are welcome to come along to the surgery where one of the local officers will be pleased to discuss them.

Links to local policing issues/resources are available at
https://leics.police.uk/local-policing/enderby-narborough-littlethorpe-and-fosse-park

A soup-er day in Braunstone

team_photo_1940s.jpeg.340x340_q85An innovative new project to help keep people in Braunstone healthy, safe and secure has been launched at a 1940s tea party.

Braunstone Blues is a team of people that has been set up to help reduce demand and repeat calls to emergency services in Braunstone.

The team of five were officially introduced to the community at a 1940s tea party on Thursday 26th November.

The tea party, held at the Oak Centre, Bendbow Rise, with the theme of how to stay warm this winter for the over 55’s and attracted 115 local residents.

The event started in style as residents were welcomed by 1940s singing and dancing in a room decorated with bunting and props from the era. Guests were later served soup and a roll by members of the team, who wore 1940s emergency services uniform.

Braunstone Blues is a small team of staff from blue light services Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service aimed at reducing the demand placed on emergency services in Braunstone.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said:

“This was a great way to introduce this new innovative team. We need to work with community groups and partners to find better ways to protect communities from harm and to help to reduce demands placed on the emergency services. I can already see that this team has made a real impact on the residents and visitors to the Braunstone estate. In working together we are able to find solutions to problems that, in former times, would never have gone away.”

Braunstone Blues was set up earlier this year following research showing that Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields Ward generated the highest amount of emergency calls for all three of the blue light services for Leicestershire.

Their aim is to create a healthy, safe and secure community by educating and directing residents to appropriate services, by making sure homes are safer using a free home visit service and delivering appropriate campaigns and to reduce the number of emergency calls they receive.

The tea party was about getting the community together in a fun way to educate them on key health and home safety messages that affect older people particularly during the winter.

Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, who officially opened the event said:

“This is a fantastic and exciting new initiative. The fire service has been tremendously successful in reducing demand, and fire deaths and injuries. This has largely been due to 15 years of work to educate members of the public and businesses of how to prevent fires and other incidents. We can share this experience with our partners and together work more effectively than ever, to make people of Braunstone and beyond healthier, safer and more secure.”

During the tea party guests were encouraged to speak with members of the Braunstone Blues team. The team also promoted their home visit scheme and encouraged residents to book a free 30 minute visit where they will give advice and information on home and vehicle security, safety in the home, fire and child safety and health and wellbeing.

Hot water bottles with tips on how to keep warm this winter were given out to those that booked a home visit. Braunstone Blues are advising older residents of the following winter warmer tips:

  • keep living rooms to 21°C (70°F) and the rest of the house heated to at least to 18°C (64°F)
  • don’t block up air vents as fires and heaters need ventilation
  • wear layers of clothing to keep warm and wear shoes with good grip to avoid slips and falls
  • draw curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
  • eat at least one hot meal every day and drink plenty of hot drinks
  • use a hot water bottle to keep you warm, but be careful when filling it up
  • make sure you get your flu jab free on the NHS
  • stay active with gentle exercise
  • visit your pharmacy early for advice about coughs and colds
  • stay in contact with friends and family and make sure they are warm and well

Tim Slater, EMAS Divisional General Manager and Paramedic added:

“We welcome the opportunity for us to be involved in this project aimed at keeping the community safe and well, building on our good track record of keeping people out of hospital where appropriate.”

Geoff Stagg, a Braunstone resident attended the 1940s tea party, he said:

“This has been an excellent tea party bringing the three services together. The officers dressed in traditional uniform brought some flare to the event and the singing and dancing has been wonderful. A lot of elderly people really appreciate events like these.”

Braunstone Blues would like to thank B-Connected and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation for providing the funding and making the event possible.

For more information on Braunstone Blues visit www.leics.police.uk/braunstoneblues.

If you are a resident of Braunstone and would like to book a home visit, leave a voicemail on 07800709802 or email them at braunstone.blues@lfrs.org .