“Time to move past the target culture” – Kevin Hurley launches Police and Crime Plan

Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, has today launched Surrey’s Police and Crime Plan, the document which sets out his strategy for policing and crime during his time in office.

The plan is based on six priorities, agreed after a series of consultations with the public of Surrey and consideration by the Police and Crime Panel:

Take a Zero Tolerance Policing Approach

More visible street policing

Put Victims at the centre of the Criminal Justice system

Give you the opportunity to have a greater say in how your streets are policed

Protect your local policing

I will be uncompromising in the standards you expect from your police

You can read the plan at the PCC’s website here: https://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan/

Kevin Hurley said:

“The target culture has had a negative effect on British policing over the last 20 years. It has created a service where management has become more important than leadership. We have lost sight of the mission of policing.

“I am determined to move past that in Surrey. My Police and Crime Plan sets no numerical targets for Surrey Police. It is based on the simple principle of zero-tolerance. We should never turn away from a problem. We should always aim to do the right thing for the public. We should be relentless in our pursuit of the criminals and anti-social louts who blight our county. We should do all those things because they are the right thing to do.

“Let me be absolutely clear however: no targets does not mean no accountability. I will hold the Chief Constable to account for how Surrey Police is working to make our county a safer place to live and a more difficult place to commit crime. I will do so publicly by continuing to webcast my management meetings with her.

“Nobody joins the police to chase targets. They join to do the right thing for the public. I want to liberate our police to do that. Surrey Police has outstanding people. I believe in their desire to do the best they can for our community and I believe in their ability to do so.

“I am delighted that the Police and Crime Panel has agreed with that view and has given its support to the Plan.”

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