We know that Gloucestershire is special. What makes the Police and Crime Plan, if not special then definitely unique, is that it has mobilised entire communities to help themselves.
Quite simply, I believe a solution to a problem, put forward by people who live with that problem every day, has more chance of success than one imposed on them from outside. That is why I am supporting 110 local organisations and 197 projects that are reducing crime and anti-social behaviour – because I want us all to have a stake in making Gloucestershire an even better place to live and work.
We can no longer leave it all to the police but my commissioning role enables me to assign services that will achieve our core targets.
My office (OPCC) has a commissioning team that looks at a variety of applications made by charities and other organisations:
- to ensure the process addresses at least one of the six priorities that make up the Police and Crime Plan
- to support the right people to act as advocates for their communities or areas
- to ensure the applicant is best placed to understand what is required to help their project(s) make a real difference
- to ensure there is a benefit to the community that meets the requirements of the Police and Crime Plan