The Chief Constable Peter Vaughan and Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael are responsible for setting the policing priorities for South Wales Police. Their shared principles and values set the standard – to be the best at understanding and responding to the needs of all our communities.
That means listening to them, protecting the vulnerable and improving victim satisfaction. The challenges ahead make us even more determined to stay focused on this vision, with a new emphasis on early intervention and prompt, positive action.
Our aim is to work with partners to ensure that people get the support they need, when they need it, and to prevent people from becoming either victims of crime or offenders. Early intervention is at the heart of building healthy, happy and safe communities, reducing demand on all our public services.
Our achievements to date have created a strong foundation on which to build but we acknowledge that we must always strive to improve our service and respond effectively to new demands.
The South Wales Police & Crime Reduction Plan 2016-21 is the basis for our response and will ensure that we continue to deliver excellence to the communities of South Wales.
Priority 1 – we will reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour to keep people safe in their homes and communities
Reducing crime is our main purpose. We will be tough on crime and the causes of crime, identifying the underlying issues and tackling them through early intervention and prompt, positive action based on evidence, partnership and evaluation of “what works”.
Priority 3 – we will work to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. We will develop our understanding of the issues faced by our communities to provide the support they need, using the principles of early intervention and co-operation with partners to identify and help those who need it most.
Priority 4 – we will spend your money wisely to protect policing in your community. We face severe cuts in the Police Grant from Central Government. That makes difficult decisions inevitable, but even in these tough times we have made a commitment to protect Neighbourhood Policing in South Wales and work effectively with partners to make our communities safe. Resources will be locally based and strategically placed with effective and efficient services that are focused on need.
Priority 5 – we will make sure that the local criminal justice system works effectively and efficiently, meeting the needs of victims and challenging offenders. The Criminal Justice System needs to have a clear emphasis on reducing crime with a focus on preventing offending and re-offending while reducing harm and risk to the public.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.
HMIC has statutory powers to inspect and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of South Wales Police, as set out in Section 54 (2) of the Police Act 1996. Each year, they consult on, and then publish, an inspection programme, including a schedule of inspection. The schedule includes the inspections which form regular annual assessment of police force performance, called the PEEL assessments.
PEEL stands for police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. It is the programme in which HMIC draws together the evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. HMIC has introduced these assessments so that you are able to judge the performance of your force and policing as a whole.
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