I have signed a concordat with the Chief Constable to set out our professional relationship with each other. I want to foster a relationship where I can hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering Surrey’s Police and Crime Plan, but one which is also constructive and supportive. I will also ensure that the Chief Constable promotes ethical behaviour in Surrey Police and embeds the College of Policing Code of Ethics.
This plan has been developed with the Chief Constable and his leadership team. He has given his support to the plan and a commitment to meeting the priorities set out within it. I don’t believe in having a raft of targets, but there are some key outcomes that I will expect to see delivered over the next four years around improved answering of the 101 non-emergency number, good treatment of victims, responding to concerns of residents in rural and town centre areas and making savings to invest into frontline policing. These are summarised within this plan and I will report on progress. I will regularly hold the Chief Constable and partners to account on the delivery of the priorities. This plan will be underpinned by a Surrey Police delivery plan.
A critical element of this plan is working with others: police forces; emergency services; local councils; community partnerships and voluntary groups. We all have the same aim to make Surrey a safer place. I will foster good relationships and provide leadership, governance, scrutiny and funding within partnerships as required.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, I receive all funding relating to policing in Surrey. It is my role to set a revenue and capital budget for Surrey Police and determine the level of council tax raised to fund policing. For 2016/17, a gross revenue budget of £212.6m has been set for Surrey Police. Of this, £210.5m is delegated to the Chief Constable to fund the delivery of operational policing. Most of this, some 86%, is spent on staffing costs. Other costs include supplies, premises, transport and travel.
Of the total funding, £2.1m is retained by the Commissioner of which £0.7m is set aside for commissioning community safety services. The Commissioner’s office budget is currently set at £1.4m and I have already made savings on this amount.
Surrey Police’s budget is funded from a combination of a central government grant of £91.4m and council tax of £107.2m. In terms of council tax that people in Surrey pay for policing, Band D properties pay £220.19 for policing in 2016/17, an increase of 1.99% on the previous year. In future I will campaign for Surrey Police to get its fair share of Government Grant and will robustly scrutinise future financial savings and plans.
As PCC, in addition to core police funding, I will receive £1.4m in 2016/17 to commission services which support victims of crime. There is currently a three-year contract in place for Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley PCCs for Victim Support to provide the initial support service for victims.
The remainder of the fund of just less than £1m is spent on specialist victim services through the award of grants. Recipients in 2016/17 will include domestic abuse outreach services, support services for victims of rape and sexual offences, women’s refuges and services to support child abuse victims. I will review this funding so that it is directed towards meeting the priorities set out in this plan, with the aim of placing longer-term contracts with those organisations who demonstrate that they can produce the goods.
In 2016/17, £700k has been set aside from the overall PCC’s budget for funding community safety projects. I will commit this year to continuing this fund and will review the amount in the fund for future years. I will review the criteria for awarding funds and seek to award three year funding for where appropriate to allow longer term planning for those seeking to reduce crime and disorder. Funds that Surrey Police receives back from the government after seizing money and assets from criminals will be directed to frontline services.
Details of the criteria for awarding grants and how to apply for a grant from the PCC’s Victim Support Fund and Community Safety Fund can be found on the Surrey PCC website.
I will develop and maintain good links with all of the diverse communities in Surrey, working with the Independent Advisory Group for Surrey Police, meeting a wide range of community groups and consulting all groups on my plans. I support and will oversee the Surrey Police Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy.
Police forces in England and Wales need to tackle a wide range of threats to keep the public safe. There are some that go beyond county boundaries and which require police forces to provide a joint national response.
A Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) has been produced by the Home Office in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers. It describes the main national threats for England and Wales and requires each Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable to provide enough resources from their local areas to collectively meet the national threats of: terrorism; civil emergencies, serious and organised crime; public disorder; large-scale cyber incidents and child sexual abuse.
Commissioners and Chief Constables need to collaborate with others to ensure there is sufficient capacity to deal with national threats. I will work with the Chief Constable to make sure that Surrey balances its requirement to meet national issues with protecting Surrey locally. I have outlined my key priority to help protect Surrey from terrorism and by working locally and with others we can help the national effort.
I have consulted on the priorities set out within this plan. You can view the results and my response on the OPCC website. I will report progress against this Police and Crime Plan publically to the Police and Crime Panel and I will issue an Annual Report. I will review and update this plan annually.