2020 PCC election

About

The 2020 PCC Election pages are hosted and maintained by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.  Content and documents have been prepared by the 2020 PCC Election Board and aim to provide a range of information for prospective candidates including relevant contact details, links and a series of briefings on subjects including policing, finance, commissioning and partnerships.

These briefings will be kept up to date during the run up to the election and papers published on these pages.

Information about who’s standing in the PCC Election will be made available when announced.  Please note, people intending to stand only formally become candidates, once formal nomination papers have been received by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO).  In Gloucestershire, the PARO is Jon McGinty, Managing Director of Gloucester City Council.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.  The first PCC election took place across England and Wales in November 2012, creating 41 PCCs.  In 2016, the Greater Manchester PCC role was subsumed into the Combined Authority Mayor role leaving 40 PCCs nationally.

The next PCC election is due to take place on 7 May 2020.  PCCs will be elected by the public for a period of four years (until May 2024).

PCCs are elected to oversee how crime is tackled in each police force area ensuring the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible and to hold their police force to account for delivering the kind of policing the public want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

They bring a public voice to policing and do this is by:

About Gloucestershire Constabulary

Intent, values and principles

Constabulary intent: to inspire trust, confidence and pride by:

  • serving the public and placing them at the heart of everything they do
  • making decisions based on their values, principles and doing the right thing
  • having capable, motivated and professional people working for the Constabulary
  • Being financially sound, sustainable and resilient, with the right technology, estate and equipment.

Constabulary values and principles: In doing this, the Constabulary will:

  • act with honesty, integrity and humanity
  • listen, learn and improve
  • be responsive
  • take responsibility for what we do and how we do it
  • thrive through changes, challenges, collaborations and opportunities
  • be creative, innovative and adaptable
  • work together and achieve as one team
  • promote and value leadership at all levels.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is the second oldest County Police Force in the UK.  The force covers about 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, Royal Forest of Dean and Severn Vale and also includes the urban centres of Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Map of Gloucestershire police force area

The Force serves a population of around 600,000 people, in a county which incorporates two royal households, two airports, a university, part of the M5 motorway and a number of large employers, including GCHQ. It also hosts several major events and has been a national pilot site for the badger cull which create peaks in demand for its resources. For more information about the policing environment, please look at Summary of Policing.

Neighbourhood policing

Day to day policing of the county is delivered through six neighbourhood areas: Stroud, Tewkesbury, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

At the most local level, the neighbourhood policing teams have built strong relationships with the communities they work in. Made up of police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs), special constables and other support staff, they tackle crime and disorder and other issues which matter most to the public.

To find out more about crime and policing in Gloucestershire Find out more

Force publications

Gloucestershire Constabulary regularly publish information on its performance, including Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

Find out more

Chief Officer Group

The Constabulary is headed by Chief Constable Rod Hansen who is supported by a Deputy Chief Constable, two Assistant Chief Constable and selected officers.

Find out more

Voting

The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Gloucestershire is Jon McGinty Managing Director of Gloucester City Council.  The PARO is responsible for administering the PCC election.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections use a supplementary voting system.  There are two stages to this process

Stage 1

  • The first preference votes are counted.
  • If a candidate receives more than 50% of these first preference votes then he or she is elected and a result is declared.
  • If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes then the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to stage 2 and all other candidates are eliminated.

Stage 2

  • The second preferences of those votes who put an eliminated candidate first are then checked. Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are added to the votes they received in stage 1.
  • The candidate with the highest number of votes received after adding together the results from stages 1 and 2 is elected and a result is declared.

See the Electoral Commission’s website for more information on PCC elections and voting

You can find out more about elections, voting and how to register to vote by looking at the various links below:

Indicative timetable (further detail/confirmation of dates will be added when available)

2020
February 2020 PCC Election Board
March 2020 PCC Election Board
27 Start of Purdah
31 PARO: Publication of election no later than this date
April 2020 PCC Election Board
8 PARO: 4pm deadline for delivery of nomination papers, withdrawals and notification of appointment of election agent
9 PARO: 4pm deadline for publication of statement of persons nominated.
21 Provisional date for familiarisation event for candidates with Gloucestershire Constabulary and OPCC
29 PARO: Publication of notice of poll no later than this date.
30 PARO: Publication of final election notice of alteration
May 2020 PCC Election Board
7 POLLING DAY (7am to 10pm)
11 Count for the PCC election and announcement from 11am at Oxtstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester
13 2016-2020 term of office ends
14 2020-2024 of Office begins
Within 2 months of the election Swearing in / Declaration of Office

 

A timetable from The Electoral Commission for the 2020 PCC elections can be found below.

Combined timetable for PCC elections in England.pdf

Contact

Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) who is responsible for administering the election in Gloucestershire:

Jon McGinty
Managing Director, Gloucester City Council

Email: jon.mcginty@gloucestershire.gov.uk

To contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner with queries relating to the OPCC and the Election:

Richard Bradley
Chief Executive Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

Email: www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk | Tel: 01452 75 4348

Dealing with queries

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is committed to transparency and fairness.  In order to facilitate the many queries we expect to receive in the lead up to and during the election, all election queries will be managed by the Head of Policy, Performance and Strategy, Ruth Greenwood.  This includes queries made to Gloucestershire Constabulary.

We aim to answer all queries in a timely manner and all responses will be posted on our election pages with a unique reference number.

Election queries and responses

Queries from (potential) candidates:

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

06/09/19: I would like to know the background details to the PCC’s statement in a recent Echo article that Gloucestershire Police would normally expect to receive 150 extra Police Officers as part of its share of the extra 20,000 promised nationally.

Response

11/09/19: The announcement of funding for an additional 20,000 officers has obviously been welcomed but there is a level of uncertainty about what this actually means for each force or even the timings for any uplift from Government.

In relation to Martin’s specific comments, it would probably be best to make contact with him for clarification.  I can tell you though what the OPCC knows and the assumptions we are working on in the absence full detail from the Home Office.

  • We know that not all of the £750m will come to forces as some will be retained centrally.
  • We understand that the £750m increase in funding is not just for the uplift in officers but is also to cover pay rises, inflation, cost pressures and additional pension costs.
  • £120m is still required in cash savings although the steer from Ministers is that frontline policing should be protected.
  • The allocation of the 20,000 officers has not been announced by the Home Office. Our working assumption at present is that we would receive about 150 additional officers if numbers were allocated based on the grant formula. This assumes that all officers are allocated to forces rather than the National Crime Agency, Counter Terrorism etc.

The Spending Round last week announced that the first 6,000 officers would be recruited by 31st March 2021. The Home Office have indicated that all these officers will be allocated to police forces but have not announced how this number will be allocated. We are working on the assumption that this will be on the grant allocation which would give us around 45 officers. Our recruitment plans to 31st March 2021 include these additional officers.

Query

18/09/19: May I add another question pse?  What is the average response time for 101 calls in the County and how does that compare to ‘best practice’ around the country?

Response

23/09/19: I think that the best source of information in relation to your query will be HMICFRS.  I’ll have a look and get back to you with any information I can find as soon as I can.

27/09/19: I’ve struggled to get you a direct response to your query as I can only provide publically available information.  I have asked, for example, if there have been any recent FOIs that may be able to provide you with the information in relation to Gloucestershire but nothing has come back I’m sorry.

I think that probably the most relevant the HMICFRS PEEL inspections wold be Effectiveness.  Details of the most recent inspection can be found here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/peel-assessments/peel-2018/gloucestershire/ but I’ve also attached a couple of reports that might be able to assist you in your research.

If you want to submit an FOI request for police data you can do it via me if you give me permission to transfer your request to the Constabulary as the data you will be requesting is theirs not ours.  We’re obviously unable to answer on their behalf as a separate legal entity.

I apologise I cannot be of further assistance at this time

Query

03/10/19: yes pse, could I submit a FOI request through you pse:

I am interested in the last 3 years data (or the last 3 years that we have data for).  What is the annual volume of 101 calls in Gloucestershire and what is the average response time to answer calls please for each year?  How does that compare to best practice 101 response times around the country (if that is not available, please compare to the Durham Constabulary)?.

Response

03/10/19: Thank you Mr Nelson – I’ll pass that onto the FOI Team and copy you in.  You will probably find that they will not be able to provide you with the data for Durham as that is not Gloucestershire Constabulary’s information to share.  That means you that you will have to send a similar FOI request to Durham for that.

Query

04/10/19: please could you add the number of abandoned 101 calls for each year

04/10/19: Just seen this: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/more-200000-calls-gloucestershire-police-3391085

seems rather odd that this sort of information was being prepared but that it was apparently too hard to also provide it to me??  You will remember below that you said that you had asked if there were any previous FOI requests.

Response

04/10/19: I can assure you I asked the Head of Governance and she said she would ask her team if there was anything they had and could provide. Having not heard back from her or them, I responded to you. I can only ask why I was not provided with with information when asked if there was indeed publically available information that could be shared.

I don’t know the background to this article or the timings relating to it but if it is as a result of an FOI, that information only becomes available upon response to the person requesting the information, not before. The Constabulary responds and hundreds and hundreds FOI requests every year and neither I nor the OPCC would have details of information requests received.

I have been as helpful as I can be and will remain so during the election period. Should you wish to escalate your concerns further however, please contact my line manager and the Chief Executive of the OPCC Richard Bradley. I have copied him into this email for ease.

Query

04/10/19: thank you Ruth….I am happy with your explanation…..I guess these things can happen, completely by chance but I am sure you can understand my surprise when I came across this article this morning?

I agree that you have been very helpful ever since your first contact, for which I am grateful.  I guess it should mean that my own FOI request could now be answered quite quickly?

Response

07/10/19: I’m afraid I don’t know when the Constabulary will be able to respond but I have let them know what you have said.

Query

12/11/19: I was under the impression that the FOI department is supposed to provide its response within 20 working days.  I have a number of requests in and have yet to receive a single answer, apart from the initial automated responses.  Could you help pse?

Response

12/11/19: I’ll send your message on and ask them to respond to you directly.

29/01/20: Constabulary FOI response provided

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

22/01/20: Telephone conversation with Mr Nelson.

Response

22/01/20: I’ve spoken with the Chief Finance Officer and he’ll pull the information together that you have requested below:

  1. The generic cost of a police officer
  2. An overview of precept increases over the past 5 years

As I’m sure you appreciate he’s very busy at the moment with budget announcements preparations but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Query

22/01/20: many thanks…….could I also for comparison have the generic capitation rate for a PCSO as well pse?

Response

22/01/20: I’ll pass this on to our CFO.

Query

23/01/20: Any chance of an answer this evening pse Ruth?  I can live with just the police officer and PCSO average costs pse

Response

23/01/20:  The information you have requested is:

  1. Average cost of a police constable for 2020/21: £51.6k (includes salary, NIC and pension contributions)
  2. Cost for a PCSO: £38.0k (includes salary, NIC and pension contributions and shift allowance)

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

29/01/20: I note that no mention is made of Specials…….could you let me know the current strength pse?

Response

29/01/20: Yes, I’ve just checked at the current establishment of the Special Constabulary is 138 across all ranks.  Recruitment has been on hold while forces wait for the new training curriculum from the College of Policing but that is due in the next 6 months so fingers crossed, we will be recruiting again this summer.

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

04/02/20: Another couple of quick questions for Peter pse.  Yesterday at the Police and Crime Panel Review of the budget, it was stated that 0.7% of the 2.7% precept was equivalent to about £1M, to fund the Commissioners new fund.  However, looking at the budget paper again, on page 10, para 9.4 it states: “The additional precept funding from an increase of 2.7% (£6.76), rather than 2% (£5.00) – £0.411m”

Could he clarify these 2 different statements pse.  I think the £1M fund looks more like a 1.7% precept increase??

Am I also correct that the 4% maximum precept increase is equivalent to an extra £2.4M?

Response

04/02/20: I’ll have to ask Pete to respond to this I’m afraid.  I’ll pass this onto him and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

05/02/20: Please see the response from Peter below:

“Chris is correct. A decrease of £1m in precept funding would give a precept increase of 1.7%. What I was not able to say in the meeting was that we have not covered the reduction in the capital grant for 2020/21. As it was a late surprise in the settlement we are covering with one off funds in 2020/21. If the precept increase had been reduced I would have recommended reducing to 2% so that we could cover the loss in the capital grant next year.

The £10 (4%) increase would give around £2.33m funding compared to freezing the precept.”

Question - Martin Surl (Requested by Chris Brierley)

Query

12/02/20: Good afternoon,

Could you please help to provide me with figures on  whether there is a percentage rise, or the actual numbers to reflect the demand on the police over the last decade.

Might it also be possible to obtain figures on where demand is linked to mental health.

Query

25/02/20: Dear Chris, In response to your query, I would suggest that you look at the following national reports:

HMICFRS: PEEL spotlight report A system under pressure: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/wp-content/uploads/peel-spotlight-report-a-system-under-pressure.pdf    /   https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/peel-spotlight-report-a-system-under-pressure/  (Gloucestershire was included in this report)

·         Officers and staff are taking on a wider range of activities, with some negative consequences

·         The pressures of demand affect the health and wellbeing of the workforce

·         The nature of demand is changing and is increasingly complex and high risk

COP: Demand Analysis Report: First national picture of the scale and complexity of police work (2015): https://www.college.police.uk/About/Pages/Demand-Analysis-Report.aspx   /  file:///C:/Users/243195/Downloads/Demand%20Report%2023_1_15_noBleed%20(2).pdf

·         Increase in complex crimes such as CSE, fraud cases, online exploitation of children, human trafficking, modern slavery, serious organised crime, cyber enabled crime

·         Increase in non-crime incidents including nuisance behaviour, domestic related, public safety, welfare concern,  mental health related calls for service including suicides and missing persons

·         Increased partnership responsibilities such as COMPACT system, VISTs, MAPPA, MASH, DVHRs, Child Protection

NPCC: Better understanding demand – policing the future: https://www.npcc.police.uk/2017%20FOI/CO/078%2017%20CCC%20April%202017%2024%20Better%20Understanding%20Demand%20Policing%20the%20Future.pdf  (Gloucestershire was included in this report)

·         The Police Service as a whole continues to face decreasing budgets and resourcing pressures at a time when forces report being busier than ever. It is clear that the context in which the police service operates has changed, the demands for services are increasing, the nature of demand is more complex and the police continue to feature as the ‘service of last resort’ dealing with more than ‘just crime.’

·         Expectations on the part of the public and indeed wider afield have grown considerably beyond the police just dealing with crime. The complexity of the world of policing is also changing and accountability is ever increasing, but it brings with it an equally challenging increase in bureaucracy. Technology has provided some solutions to help productivity but in and of itself has also contributed to the rise in internal demand.

The Guardian: Police resources ‘drained to dangerously low levels’, say former top officers, July 2019: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/04/police-watchdog-reforms-chief-inspector-constabulary

In his annual state of policing report, Sir Tom Winsor said the criminal justice system was, in parts, failing, and said solutions lay in more rehabilitation, more crime prevention, and increased innovation and efficiency.

After years of funding cuts resulting in 20,000 fewer police officers, the chief inspector, who is deeply unpopular among many rank and file officers, who view him as the executor of the Tories’ police cuts, said they had influenced crime levels.

Winsor said homicides were rising and the fall in crime had stalled, with the poorest areas suffering the worst cuts. “There are indications that some forces are straining under significant pressure as they try to meet growing, complex and higher-risk demand with weakened resources.”

The wider criminal justice system was “malfunctioning”, “dysfunctional and defective”, he added.

Policing was under extra pressure to pick up services normally covered by other services that had been cut under austerity.

Winsor said the public “through their elected representatives” needed to decide how much money policing should receive after years of cuts, which were only recently being reversed.

In relation to local publically available information, it would be worthwhile looking at the report submitted to the November Police and Crime Panel https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/g9172/Public%20reports%20pack%20Tuesday%2012-Nov-2019%2010.00%20Gloucestershire%20Police%20and%20Crime%20Panel.pdf?T=10    Look at the report from page 73 – this is relevant to mental health.

I hope this helps.

Question - Chas Townley

Query

24/02/2020 and 25/02/2020: Mr Townley requested various information from the OPCC which has been condensed into a briefing document.

Response

28/02/2020: Dear Mr Townley, Please find attached a response to your recent requests for information.


Briefing-Note-C-Townley-1.docx (25 downloads)

Files listed within briefing note are available to download below.


Governance-Directory.pdf (23 downloads)


APCC_PCC_Candidate_Briefing_November_2019.pdf (23 downloads)


APACE-PCC-Election-Guidance-FINAL-VERSION-14.01.2016-.pdf (24 downloads)


Election-guidance-for-monitoring-officers-of-PCCs-Updated-April-2017-1.docx (21 downloads)


Purdah-guidance-APCC.pdf (25 downloads)

Questions - Martin Surl (Requested by Chris Brierley)

Query

Hi Ruth, An election question for you.

Can you provide me with Gloucestershire’s position in relation to all other forces with the usual exception of the City of London, with regards to crime rates per thousand population by calendar year. Can I get the year before the PCC – 2011 and last year please?

Response

Dear Chris, Looking at the data (Home Office tool utilising audited crime data), I am able to compare crime rates across forces.

  • In 2011, Gloucestershire had the 14th lowest rate of crime out of 42 Forces
  • In 2019, Gloucestershire had the 3rd lowest rate of crime out of 42 Forces

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

02/03/2020: Hi Ruth, Quick question pse. With regard to Tasers, what determined the size of the bid to Government recently for the extra funding? We are due to get 30 tasers, I understand. How many in total will that now give the force available to use pse?

Response

03/02/2020: Dear Mr Nelson, I’m still in the process of pulling together the information that you have requested regarding Tasers. Apologies for the delay but unfortunately I’m reliant on others for this information.

Query

03/03/2020: Thanks for the kind update Ruth

Response

05/03/2020: Dear Mr Nelson, Please find attached information regarding Tasers as requested.


Briefing-Note-C-Nelson-1.docx (26 downloads)

Question - Chas Townley

Query

25/02/2020: Mr Townley requested a summary of issues raised with the Chief Constable via the Holding to Account Policy, along with an overview of Constabulary FOIs. This information has been condensed into a briefing document and additional documents.

Response

28/02/2020: Dear Mr Townley, Please find attached a response to your recent requests for information.


Briefing-Note-C-Townley-2.docx (25 downloads)


Holding-to-Account-2019.pdf (25 downloads)


Summary-of-Constabulary-FOIs-2019_Redacted.pdf (26 downloads)

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

06/03/2020: Hi Ruth,  Pse see below.  I fail to see how this blatant promotional email for Mr Surl is anything to do with police alerts about the dangers of crime.  This is the second time that this Community Alert system has been abused in recent times (the last time was when Mr Surl was complaining about the County Council’s position over our Fire Service).  It is nothing more than ‘soft and animal fluffy’ electioneering, using taxpayers money.  Hardly a ‘level playing field’.

Query

06/03/2020:  Hi Ruth……..here is another dodgy email, again all about promoting Mr Surl, rather than an alert about crime……..I wonder why we have had 2 such unusual emails in short succession (when was the last time the OPCC pushed out such messages)? Has the imminent arrival of Purdah anything to do with it? If it was just about information that the public would find useful, there would be no need to mention Mr Surl.

Response

Dear Mr Nelson, In response to this and your previous email, Community Alerts is a means of communicating between the Constabulary and OPCC and members of the public who are able to select which types of information they receive. You can choose only to have crime specific posts if required and that would just come from the Constabulary.

We are not in Purdah until the 27th of March and, up until that point, we will continue with business as usual in promoting the work of the office of the current Police and Crime Commissioner. It is fair to say that we have had an increase in our publicity activity this year. This is because we were carrying a Communications and Engagement officer vacancy until January as reported in the February Police and Crime Panel Chief Executive’s report. Mel actually only received access and the relevant training for Community Alerts last week, hence an increase in activity.

In relation to the two announcements you have brought to my attention, the Animal Welfare Scheme has been received extremely well by members of the public and, as a voluntary scheme, we are promoting this to try to encourage volunteers to take part. This work contributes to the ‘compassionate approach’ commitment in the current Police and Crime Plan.

The announcement about Bamfurlong is hugely important and beneficial to the Force and therefore the county as a whole. As estate is a direct responsibility of a PCC, it is right that Mr Surl is referenced in the report.

As ever, if you wish to raise a formal complaint, please feel free to contact my line manager Richard Bradley.

Kind regards, Ruth

Queries from members of the public:

Question - E001 - 2020

Query

04/03/2020: I read in a leaflet put through my letter box that “last year the monthly crime rate in Newent increased by a staggering 70%”. The same leaflet reports that there are “30,000 incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour in the County every year”. Is this true? Where can I find the statistics for myself. Thank you.

Response

05/03/2020: Dear [redacted] Thank you for contacting the OPCC. I’m afraid that I don’t know what leaflet you’re referring you – would you mind taking a photo or scanning it and sending it to me so I can see what data it’s referring to?

I look at the crime data for the Office of the PCC and a percentage change on the monthly rate isn’t something I would ordinarily report.  I may look at percentage changes or a rate per 1000 population, but a percentage change of a rate isn’t something I recognise at all I’m afraid.

Query

Hello, Thanks for getting back to me.  I should have given you more information about the leaflet that arrived through my door. The leaflet was produced and delivered by the local Conservative Association in Newent.  The leaflet, called “intouch” is a newsletter and a vehicle for the Conservative candidate for Crime Commissioner election in May  telling us what a good job he is going to do when elected..  The leaflet refers to Newent being a crime hotspot  where crime rates have climbed by 70% in the last year.  I wanted to see the information for myself to decide if crime here is really as bad as he portrays.  Thanks for your time – regards, [Redacted]

Response

06/03/2020: Dear [redacted]

Thanks for getting back to me.  I’ve tried having a look for the leaflet online but unfortunately can’t find it as it would be really useful to understand what exactly they’re referring to and where they’re getting their data from.  As I said, I look at both police and Home Office data for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and these figures are not familiar I’m afraid.

It’s really important that staff in the OPCC remain completely impartial, especially during elections, so please view my comments within that context.  Promoting the fear of crime is unfortunately a political tactic and is certainly not unique to Gloucestershire.  I’d like to understand the comparators the leaflet is quoting as they may well be true.  Newent is not a particularly high crime area though.  To illustrate this, I’ve shown the average number of crimes reported to the police per day for Newent and a couple of other random areas in the county for comparison (Gloucestershire Constabulary data):

Area Average number of crime a day
2017 2018 2019 2020*
Newent 1.86 1.45 1.82 1.63
Barton & Tredworth 4.18 4.96 5.01 4.69
Stow on the Wold 0.65 0.70 0.75 0.49
Coleford 2.02 1.82 2.05 2.60
Quedgeley 5.00 5.13 5.79 5.69
Lydney 1.84 1.82 2.32 2.12

*01/01/2020 – 05/03/2020

 

These figures in themselves are pretty meaningless which is why it’s more useful to look at rates of crimes but they do illustrate that Newent does not have high volumes of crime.  This obviously means, if the data in the leaflet is comparing a relatively small time period (a couple of months say), it may well be right to say that crime has increased by 70%.  An increase of 41 offences to 100 would be a 69.5% increase for example.

 

It’s absolutely right to say that crime increased last year both locally and nationally.  I would say though that figures in Gloucestershire are skewed as the Force has had to revisit a number of crimes following criticism that they were recording incorrectly.  For background to this, you may like to read the comments from the Chief Constable at the September Police and Crime Panel (https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/g9171/Printed%20minutes%20Friday%2013-Sep-2019%2010.00%20Gloucestershire%20Police%20and%20Crime%20Panel.pdf?T=1).  Saying this though, Gloucestershire is one of the lowest crime areas in the county.  I often use the following chart to illustrate this (Home Office, iQuanta data):

Home Office Data 1
Home Office Data 1

In fact,  The Sun recently ran an article on crime rates and highlighted Gloucestershire as a safe place to live: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10580735/dangerous-and-safest-places-live-england-wales/

In answer to your question though, crime did increase in Newent last year from 529 (2018) to 665 (2019) offences which is a 25% increase.  This percentage change appears quite startling however, 2018 was quite a low crime year in Newent.  Comparing 2019 to 2017, for example, shows a 2.2% decrease (2017: 680 crime).  I’m afraid that I have no idea where the anti-social behaviour (ASB) data is collated from.  There are many definitions and sub classifications of ASB from a range of sources such as housing providers, Local Authorities and the Constabulary so I would really have to understand the source to be able to provide any explanation.

I guess I’m trying to say (albeit in a very long winded way!) I cannot explain the data in the leaflet you have seen but I can show that context is vitally important.  I will try to get hold of a copy of the leaflet though and, if I can, I may be able to provide further clarification.

Please feel free to come back to me if I can help further.

Query

06/03/2020: Good morning, Again thank you for your emails.  I do appreciate that you need to be impartial and I have no wish to involve you in a political matter, I’m just trying to understand the situation.

I take your point about the figures when extrapolated from data over a short period of time.

I have attached a photo of the “intouch” leaflet concerned.  I hope it is clear enough for you to read.  The increase in crime asserted for the Newent area sounds staggering and does not “chime” with my perception of what it feels like to live here.  If you are a victim of a crime it 100% affects you and can be/is very distressing – however it would be wrong to embellish data to serve a political point of view.

2020 PCC Election Board

To ensure that the Constabulary and OPCC are prepared for the 2020 election and to oversee all election activity, an Election Governance Board has been established.  The membership of this Board is as follows:

 

OPCC

·         Richard Bradley

·         Ruth Greenwood

·         Amanda Segelov

·         Vanessa Pegler

 

OPCC & Constabulary

·         Hilary Allison

 

Constabulary

·         DCC Jon Stratford

·         DI Neil Drakeley

·         Michael Griffiths

Click here Election-Board-Terms-of-Reference-2020-v3.pdf to see the Terms of Reference for this Group.

Candidate briefings

In order to assist prospective candidates, the OPCC will produce briefing documents in the lead up to the election.

In addition, once nomination papers have been submitted to the PARO, the Constabulary and OPCC will host a familiarisation event for all candidates at the Constabulary Headquarters, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley (date to be confirmed).  The aim of this is to ensure equal access to all Chief Officers from the Constabulary and OPCC.

Attending this event will be Chief Officers from the Constabulary and OPCC.

Briefing Documents

Useful Links and Documents

 Gloucestershire

 National

The Commissioner’s Fund

Here in Gloucestershire, PCC Martin Surl allocates 1% of the overall policing budget to the Commissioner’s Fund, which supports county-based projects that deliver one or more of our priorities. Our aim is to work directly with communities to make Gloucestershire safer.

About the fund

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