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Notts Police five year plan

17/11/2010

Nottinghamshire Police has set itself the aim of becoming the best performing Police Force in England and Wales within five years.

The announcement follows the decision taken today by government watchdogs to lift a year-long period of close supervision in recognition of “significant” improvements made by the Force.

Since the Home Office took the decision in November 2009 to subject the Force to detailed scrutiny, intervention and support, the Force has recorded a 16% reduction in crime – the second biggest reduction recorded by all forces in England and Wales.

In the same period, the Force has also steadily increased the number of crimes detected, and has moved up the league table for detections from 33rd out of all 43 forces to 15th.

Today, Chief Constable Julia Hodson said the Force had come through a “difficult and challenging year” as a result of “the superb commitment, professionalism and dedication” of staff and the support of the Police Authority and other partners.

She said: “The major change in performance demonstrates how far the force has progressed in the last 12 months, and I’m delighted this change has been acknowledged by HMIC.

But this is just the first step on a journey and we have some way yet to travel.

Within three years Nottinghamshire Police will be among the top 25% of forces for performance, and within five years we will be the best in the country. That’s our ambition.

We will achieve that by remaining focused and shunning any thoughts of complacency. This year the Police Authority have set us incredibly stretching targets to ensure we maintain momentum and we are currently on target to reach 20 of the 29 set. I want to ensure the targets set every year are as tough as possible.

We are redesigning how we will deliver policing services in the future to ensure that we realise our ambition, despite the incredibly harsh economic backdrop which inevitably will mean we have fewer officers and police staff.

Today’s decision by HMIC to lift the year-long scrutiny marks a significant turning point and milestone. It’s something to celebrate. But it is only the first step on that journey to become Britain’s best police force.”

Chair of Nottinghamshire Police Authority, Jon Collins, said: “We are pleased that the Performance Management Group has recognised Nottinghamshire’s achievements in relation to crime reduction and the hard work undertaken to get us there.

We are delighted that the reductions in crime in Nottinghamshire are twice that of anywhere else in the country, although we accept that we started from a high base and have some way still to go. However, we have every confidence in the Senior Management Team of Nottinghamshire Police to continue to drive down crime whilst working in partnership with the Police Authority and other organisations.

Clearly the financial situation is difficult, which we accept, but we are confident that we can meet these challenges and continue to reduce crime, thereby bringing us in line with other police forces across the country.

In addition, the Police Authority is now operating more effectively with members fully understanding their roles and responsibilities.”

On November 22nd 2009, under Home Office performance management processes, Nottinghamshire became the first force in the country to be moved to “stage 3” of the ladders of support and intervention.

Under unprecedented scrutiny from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the media and the public, the Force embarked upon a radical overhaul which has led to significant change and a major boost in performance.

During the year:


  • A “Capability Review” was conducted by an external team of advisors and all its recommendations have been implemented – including the appointment of new Chief Officers to help lead the force.


 


  • Specific crimes including burglary were targeted by a 90-day campaign codenamed Operation Arrow


  • Changes in structure, process and corporate governance were made to tighten the focus on performance

As a result, between November 2009 and October 31 2010, crime in Nottinghamshire fell by more 17,000 offences (-16.3%) compared with the same period in 2008/09.

Almost every crime type shows significant reductions, including:


  • Vehicle crime – down more than 3,900 offences (-30.8%)

  • Criminal damage – down more than 5,400 offences (-24.2%)

  • Robbery – down more than 400 offences (-20%)

  • Domestic burglary – down more than 1,600 offences (-19.2%)

  • Violent crime – down more than 3,500 offences (-15.6%)

  • Theft and handling – down more than 1,400 offences (-5.9%)

Ms Hodson added: “We now have the building blocks in place to deliver sustained improvements in performance, and there is a focus and determination among all staff to make Nottinghamshire the best performing force, and the safest place in Britain, by 2015.

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