November 2018

How much would you be willing to pay for police and fire services in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has launched a consultation to ask people how much they would be willing to pay in council tax to support policing and fire services in the county.

The Commissioner sets the Force budget and determines the precept – the part of council tax that goes towards policing. And the Commissioner will also set the budget for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service ashe takes over the governance in January 2019.

The Government has given all Police and Crime Commissioners the power to raise the policing part of council tax by an extra £1 a month (£12 a year) in 2019/20, which would give Northamptonshire Police an extra £2.9 million if the increase was put into effect.

The average household in Northamptonshirecurrently pays £4.25 a week towards policing (£221.04 a year for a Band D property).

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Servicecurrently costs £1.13 a week to the average household (£59 a year for a Band D property) and an increase of £2 per year in line with current powers would bring an extra £0.4 million for the service in 2019/20.

The results of the consultation will helpinform the Commissioner when he sets the budgets for both Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and decides on the level of council tax precept for2019/20.

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have given the Force an extra £8 million to invest this year in areas where the previous Chief Constable asked for support to deliver operational policing and invest in the frontline and in priority areas such as domestic abuse and rape investigation.

“Now I would like to know what people think about the council tax that they pay to the police and fire service and whether they are prepared to pay more to support those services. Those conversations and the feedback I receive through this consultation, will inform my decision on the level of council tax precept that is needed next year.”

You can have your say by filling in this quick and simple survey at http://www.northantsp.cc/northantscounciltax


More parishes sponsor PCSOs

More parishes have taken up the opportunity tosponsor their own, dedicated PCSO under a newscheme developed by Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.

Woodford Halse, Bugbrooke and a group of villages comprising Spratton, Pitsford, the Bramptons, Harlestone and Boughton are now sponsoring PCSO, bringing the total number of sponsored officers to nine.

Expressions of interest are now being sought fromparish councils, local authorities and businessareas for the next round of scheme, which will seeeven more sponsorship opportunities being madeavailable.

These three new sponsored officers will each bededicated to their sponsoring areas, working tolocally agreed priorities and only being deployed on other duties in very exceptional circumstances.

Organisations have been able to sponsor a percentage of the costs of a PCSO for some time. Under the new scheme however, organisations can now pay 100% of the costs and receive in return a

PCSO who is a dedicated, visible policing presence intheir area.

PCSOs Matt Taylor (Bugbrooke); Carl Barton (Woodford Halse) and Paul Miller (Spratton, Pitsford, the Bramptons, Harlestone and Boughton) will work full time on their parish beats, providing a visible and reassuring presence in the area. Their local police sergeants will work with the parish councils to identify their local priorities and ensure the community’s needs are being met.

John Curtis, Chairman of Bugbrooke Parish Council, said: “Bugbrooke are pleased to be co-operating with Northamptonshire Police by financing a PCSOin the village in order to create a more visiblesecurity presence for local residents. We look forward to working with PCSO Matt Taylor as heintegrates into village life.”

Martin Flanagan of Pitsford Parish Council said:Pitsford are enthused and energised in this moveforward with our new sponsored PCSO and already we are seeing the benefits of which I am sure manymore will follow.

Woodford Halse Parish Councillor Jean Curd said: “The Parish have had a part time PCSO for a number of years but were pleased to be able to move to having a full time officer. Residents felt that it was important to have a dedicated police presence, and, with Carl now working full time in the village, he is developing good links with businesses and community groups”


Could you be an Independent Custody Visitor?

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is looking for volunteers to join the county’s custody visiting scheme as Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs).

ICVs visit people detained in custody at either Weekley Woods Justice Centre in Kettering or the Criminal Justice Centre in Brackmills, Northampton, to check on their welfare and make sure theyreceive their rights.

ICVs carry out one visit a month and always inpairs. A full training programme is provided andvolunteers are fully supported by professional staff as they carry out their role.

To join the scheme you must live or work inNorthamptonshire and be aged 18 or above.
You must be able to be impartial, objective and non-judgemental, as well as being able to communicateeffectively with a wide variety of people.

You can find out more at www.northantspcc.org.uk/get-involved/independent-custody-visiting


Cyclists given safety gear and advice in success for Operation Close Pass

Be safe, be seen, and ride responsibly were themessages shared with cyclists as an operation to keep everyone safer on the roads continues.

Officers from the Safer Roads Team visited Round Spinney, Moulton and Brackmills industrial estates recently to hand out reflective safety kit and bicycle lights to shift workers who cycle to work.

They also gave advice on how to ride safely and responsibly, a message which was also sharedduring patrols in Northampton town centre totackle anti-social and dangerous cycling.

The work is part of Operation Close Pass, a road safety project between Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Highways and the Office of thePolice and Crime Commissioner.

Find out more about Operation Close Pass here: www.northants.police.uk/ClosePass


Op Viper round up – Knives cost lives

Six shops which sold knives to under-18s in a test purchase operation have been reminded of their legal responsibilities over the sale of bladed items.

The test purchases were carriedout by two under-18 cadets from Northamptonshire EmergencyServices Cadets, who visited ninebusinesses across Corby and 12 in Kettering to see if any would sellthem knives.

It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has afolding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less.

Of the nine premises visited in Corby, six passed.

In Kettering, nine of the 12passed. All the stores whichcorrectly refused to sell knives to the cadets were sent lettersto let them know about the testpurchase operation.

Those that failed were made aware and given advice to ensurethey follow the law on the sale ofknives. Further test purchasingoperations will be carried out inthe future to ensure businessesare operating within the law.

The test purchase operation is part of Operation Viper, Northamptonshire Police’scrackdown on serious and organised crime.

A man has been sent to prison for three years after pleading guilty to slashing a teenager multiple times with a knife.

Asriel McLeod, 20, of Finedon Road, Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm after admitting to slashing the 16-year-old boy to the face and arms during an incident in Westcott Way, Corby in April 2017.

McLeod also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and failing to disclose the password/PIN to his mobile phone.

He received an additional 18 months for the former and 6 months for the latter, to run concurrently to the three year sentence for GBH.

The case was investigated by officers from Operation Worcester, now part of Op Viper, the force’scrackdown on serious and organised crime.