PCC press briefing 06/2013

8th February 2003

This week’s briefing covers stories from 17 police areas in England and Wales across the following BTP regions:

London North (2): Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire
London South (3): Hampshire, Kent, Sussex
North East (10): Cleveland, Derbyshire, Durham, Humberside, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire
North West (2) : Greater Manchester, Staffordshire;
Wales & Western (8): Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Gwent, South Wales, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire

In this issue:

Police force spending

Ten PCCs this week revealed how they intended to fund their plans for the coming police year – in particular, whether the council tax precept would change. The following recommended an increase:

These PCCs said the precept would freeze:

Office numbers

PCCs announced different plans for bolstering police numbers around the country.:

Northamptonshire has established the British mainland’s first reservist force. [BBC News]

Nottinghamshire Police is set to recruit 150 new police officers and 100 community support officers. [Retford Today]
Other forces concentrated on redeploying existing officers:
  • More local police will be seen on the streets of our towns and villages, Gwent’s PCC has said. [Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review]
  • Staffordshire PCC Matthew Ellis has revealed plans to put more police officers on patrol and frontline duties. [Uttoxeter People]
  • Bedfordshire‘s PCC says he intends to protect his force’s PCSOs from cuts. [Bedford Today]

Some PCCs announced more special constables:

  • North Yorkshire‘s PCC plans to double the number of police volunteers working in the county. [BBC News]
  • Warwickshire‘s PCC has pledged to create at least 100 more special constables. [BBC News]
  • Lincolnshire‘s PCC said recruiting up to 1,000 community-based volunteers to help Lincolnshire Police is not a charter for vigilantes [This is Lincolnshire]


Other national stories

Police officers in Scotland are potentially £250,000 better off over the course of their career than their counterparts south of the Border. [The Times]

A new unit comprising of specialist foreign policemen is being created by Britain’s biggest police force, says the [Daily Telegraph]

The cost of policing the union flag protests in Northern Ireland over the past nine weeks has exceeded £15m. [BBC News]

2.1m violent incidents were recorded in 2011/12 by the Crime Survey for England and Wales. [The Guardian]

Local news by BTP area

London North

A crackdown on cyclists flouting traffic laws is being ramped up in Cambridge city centre by Cambridgeshire‘s PCC. [Cambridge News]

London South

A youth police and crime commissioner is to be recruited in Kent to represent the views of young people. [BBC News]

The appointment of a consultant to review a new headquarters for Hampshire Constabulary has been defended by the PCC. [BBC News]

Sussex Police is being investigated over the treatment of a disabled 11-year-old girl who was physically restrained on five occasions. [BBC News]

North East

There are no plans to reinstate a recently-disbanded mounted police unit in Nottinghamshire, the PCC has said. [BBC News]

North West

Greater Manchester‘s PCC has held his first public meeting to discuss the future of policing across the area. [BBC News]

Wales and Western

South Wales‘s new police and crime plan places more emphasis on restorative justice and efforts to tackle internet crime and bullying. [South Wales Echo]


Humberside looks set to welcome its first female into the chief constable role, after PCC Matthew Grove proposed Justine Curran, the current Chief Constable of Tayside Police for the top job. [Bridlington Free Press]

West Yorkshire’s PCC has announced his choice to be the force’s new chief constable – Northumbria Police DCC Mark Gilmore. [Police Oracle]

Durham‘s PCC will not be appointing a deputy as part of plans to cut costs. [BBC News]

Jacqui Cheer has been confirmed as Cleveland‘s new chief constable by the force’s police and crime commissioner. [BBC News]