Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, launched the county’s new Police and Crime Plan on Wednesday, 8th February 2017, which sets the strategic direction for policing in Northamptonshire for the next five years.
The document – which the PCC is required to produce by law within the first year of being in Office – has been compiled in conjunction with feedback from the public, Northamptonshire Police and partner agencies, in order to ensure it represents and caters for everyone involved in public safety in the county.
Stephen Mold launched the new Northamptonshire Police and Crime Plan at Guilsborough School – pupils from the school were also launching Purple Bow Day, to raise awareness around online safety.
Keeping the Young Safe; Community Partnerships; Protecting People from Harm and Putting Victims at the Heart of Justice are the four priority areas which form the basis of the Police and Crime Plan, while Transformational Change will underpin the work completed by the Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner across the next five years.
In order to equip Northamptonshire Police to deliver on the new directive, Commissioner Mold last week announced a £2million investment in to frontline roles, with 46 new posts set to be created.
Mr Mold marked the release of the new Police and Crime Plan with a visit Guilsborough Academy, as pupils launched Purple Bow Day as part of Cyber-Safety Week.
Guilsborough pupils won the 2015 Northamptonshire County Schools Challenge – which invites students to develop enterprising solutions to social problems – by designing a purple bow, to remind their peers to use the internet and social media responsibly. An information card that fits in mobile phone cases was also created to assist youngsters online, and the initiative launched for the first time today, with plans afoot for it to become an annual, county-wide awareness day from next year.
Commissioner Mold – who has made Keeping the Young Safe one of four key work strands in his Police and Crime Plan, led an assembly to the Academy before answering questions from pupils around his role and policing in the county.
Police and Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, said:
“I’m delighted to launch the new Police and Crime Plan for Northamptonshire. I have always said that I would not rush in to creating a new plan for the county, and instead that I would take the time to work closely with those who will play a key role in delivering a safer Northamptonshire to ensure we created a robust, well thought-out vision that will make a real difference to everyone living and working in the county. I believe this is exactly what we have achieved.
“Members of my team and I worked closely with Chief Constable Simon Edens and the Chief Officer Team of Northamptonshire Police to establish a plan we are all committed to delivering and confident can be achieved. We also liaised at length with partner agencies, who will play a crucial role in helping us achieve our vision, and invited the people of Northamptonshire to give us their views. The result is a Police and Crime Plan that is not simply mine, it is ours – something owned by everyone in the county that we can all buy in to.
“Each element of the Police and Crime Plan has an accountable member of staff in my Office and within Northamptonshire Police who will be responsible for delivering positive results in their area to achieve the vision that I have for the county, a vision I know is shared by Chief Constable Edens and Northamptonshire Police.
“Now begins the hard work of making our vision a reality, but this is something I am absolutely determined to achieve.”
Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:
“I am pleased to support the Police and Crime plan which has been built on close collaboration with not only the Commissioner’s office, but crucially through hearing the views of the people of Northamptonshire and our partner agencies.
“The plan sets out a clear vision on what we are working towards and I am determined to ensure effective and efficient delivery of this so that we continue to protect people from harm.
“Through the evidence based work we have already achieved and with the additional funding investment by the PCC, I am certain that we have a real foundation for taking the Force forward over the next few years.”
Julie Swales, Princple at Guilsborough Academy, commented:
“Internet safety is an important issue within schools. At Guilsborough Academy, we play a vital role, alongside parents and carers, to encourage young people to engage with it safely.
“We are extremely proud of our students leading the way in raising awareness of cyberbullying and how to access help and advice with their initiative the Purple Bow. Well done to all of our students at Guilsborough Academy.”