Wiltshire policing plan focuses on safer neighbourhoods

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire PCC (Conservative)
Image caption Angus Macpherson said he wants to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon

Partnership, pro-activity and prevention will be the focus of Wiltshire's police and crime plan, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has announced.

Conservative Angus Macpherson said the new plan would set the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon for the next four years.

The police and crime plan will come into force at the beginning of April.

It focuses on working with communities and partners.

Mr Macpherson, who became PCC in November, also said a £1m innovation fund - from the Office of the PCC's reserves - would be launched to help organisations that aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

"There is an underlying theme throughout the plan - partnership, pro-activity, prevention," Mr Macpherson said.

"For example I want to strengthen neighbourhood policing by creating Safer Neighbourhood Teams, involving not just the police but other agencies, such as local authorities, and communities themselves, such as through the various 'watch' schemes."

The plan is divided into six main sections:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Other key initiatives include greater police officer visibility, more foot patrols, increasing the use of restorative justice and commissioning services which support those leaving prison.

Mr Macpherson and Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty will also host quarterly public meetings across the county where people can raise questions around policing performance in their area.

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