The law requires all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to produce a four-year Police and Crime Plan within the first financial year after they are elected, which sets the strategic direction for policing in their area. The Police and Crime Plan must include:
- the Commissioners objectives;
- the policing the Chief Constable is to provide;
- the level of financial and other resources the PCC will make available to the Chief Constable to provide policing;
- how the Chief Constable will report to the PCC about policing;
- how the Chief Constable’s performance will be measured; and
- information about any crime and disorder reduction grants to be made by the PCC.
Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, is currently working on the production of his first Police and Crime Plan following his election to the position in May.
On launching the 2014-2017 Police and Crime Plan for Northamptonshire, former Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said:
“A Police and Crime Plan is more than just a legal requirement, it’s a statement of intent. It’s a document that sets out what the future could look like and contains significant ambitions for our community and our people.
“I believe this refreshed plan sets out one of the most radical agendas for change of any Police and Crime Plan in the UK. I am excited by the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. I see this Plan as a ‘call to arms’; I believe every single person in the county can make a contribution to our ultimate ambition of making Northamptonshire the safest place in England.”