At tonight’s meeting of the Ipswich Borough Scrutiny Committee, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore presented his annual policing review.
Tim Passmore started by speaking of achievements that have been made in the last year. He started talking about success in the perceptions of victims of domestic violence. 90% of victims are female and he mentioned the damaging effects it has on children and how the constabulary is tackling the issue.
Other achievements were the reducing of the speed limit on the Orwell Bridge to 60 and the introduction of mental health practitioners to help those with mental health problems.
A new cyber crime unit has been set up and Tim Passmore mentioned that it doesn’t just deal with online fraud but things like cyber bullying, revenge pornography and online domestic abuse.
The precept has gone up by 1.9% with which there have been improvements in dealing with sexual exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery.
Tim also mentioned the crime disorder reduction fund which is county-wide and in Ipswich supports the Town Pastors, IHAG and Red Rose Chain.
Tim Passmore also talked about extra resources in road policing. 2015 was the worst in 7 years for fatalities. A new announcement is coming up about improving road safety.
He also talked about close working with the fire service.
Tim Passmore also mentioned that the economy and crime are linked. He is absolutely right. You can’t have a good police service without a strong economy. So it is right that the economy is helped so that deprivation decreases and crime does as a result.
Tim Passmore then spoke about changes involving the budget. They have to save £20 million from the £100 million budget. He mentioned a document on their website which I have been unable to find. It involves preserving permanent policing. He mentioned that SNT’s were not originally supposed to be solely about policing. Instead of losing 26 officers, because of changing in funding the decision is likely to be reversed.
Tim Passmore then said that he was disappointed that financial review was postponed because Suffolk should have had an extra £4 million a year.
After this Tim Passmore answered a number of good questions. A couple of answers that may be of interest to readers of this blog are, as follows.
Suffolk Constabulary has withdrawn from Pub Watch because of concerns in regard to data sharing. The withdrawal is not necessarily permanent and the issues need to be resolved.
In regard to the criteria for reducing SNT’s, they used geographical spread and crime patterns.