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Decisions of the PCC - October 2014

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable. this will be updated as soon as possible 

 

DECISION
REF NO.

DETAILS OF DECISION

DECISION SUMMARY 

DATE   AUTHORISED

UPDATE

50 –   2014

Commissioning Victims Services in the Cleveland Police Area: challenges and opportunities report

The report, Commissioning Victim Services in the Cleveland Police Area: challenges and opportunities was commissioned to examine the challenges and opportunities arising from elected Police and Crime Commissioners having the powers, from autumn 2014, to provide or commission a wide range of services for victims, witnesses and others affected by crime.

The report, along with an analysis of the resulting actions and further work to be done, appear as appendices to this Decision Record form.  

 17/12/2014  

51 –   2014

Victims Funding –
Arch North East

From 1 October 2014 funding for victims of crime transferred to Police and Crime Commissioners from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to commission victims services. In advance of this responsibility the PCC commissioned a review Victims Services within Cleveland, the recommendations of this report have subsequently been accepted by the PCC. One of the recommendations within the report suggested that the PCC continues to fund the areas that were previously funded by the MOJ but for which the funding has now passed to the PCC, until the 31st March 2015.

Arch North East was one of these organisations. They propose to use the £16,128 requested from the PCC to continue to provide the service that is summarised below:

Arch North East would provide an Advocacy, Counselling and Life Enhancement services to victims and witnesses, across Teesside, on both an outreach/ safe venue and in house basis, delivering holistic support from complaint to court and after.

The service will provide an individually assessed package of care to each service user including

  • Client needs assessment and care plan.
  • Home visits by the Advocacy and LESA Service.
  • Regular contact with client either face to face or by telephone or email
  • Working in partnership with other agencies, eg: Mind, Addictive Behaviour Services, Citizens Advice Bureau on behalf of the client
  • Attending appointments with or on behalf of the client.
  • Liaising on behalf of the client with all statutory agencies within the CJS
  • Preparation for court for both victims and CPS witnesses
  • Pre-trial familiarisation visits to the court.
  • Support during Trial, which may be up to 5 days
  • After Court care and support.
  • Therapeutic Counselling both pre and post Trial ( in line with set protocols with CPS and Police )

With the support of these services the Victims and Witnesses will feel safer, informed, empowered, included and respected. This results in an increased confidence in the Criminal Justice System and an overall satisfaction that their needs have been met.

The consequences of failing to meet this need would be that victims and their families would have limited services available to them, resulting in victims failing to report offences due to lack of support from the outset, withdrawing statements part way through the investigation due to lack of confidence, or not attending court as a witness due to fear and lack of clarity around the court process. 

07/10/2014

 

52 –   2014

S38 Police Reform
& Social Responsibility
Act 2011: Guidelines

Guidelines for the Use of Section 38 Powers Between the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable (the Guidelines') came before

the July 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners ('APCC').

The Association resolved to circulate the Guidelines with an invitation to Police & Crime Commissioners to discuss with Chief Constables and agree upon an approach to the local status of them.

In so doing, the Association emphasise that the Guidelines are not a national agreement between the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Chief Police Officers Staff Association

For the avoidance of doubt, in recording my response to the APCC invitation and the decision arising from it reached in conjunction with the Chief Constable, the use of s38 is not within my contemplation at the present time.

The Guidelines are annexed hereto. 

07/10/2014

 

53 –   2014

Victims Funding –
EVA Women’s Aid

From 1 October 2014 funding for victims of crime transferred to Police and Crime Commissioners from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to commission victims services. In advance of this responsibility the PCC commissioned a review of Victims Services within Cleveland. One of the recommendations within the report suggested that the PCC continues to fund the areas that were previously funded by the MOJ but for which the funding has now passed to the PCC, until 31st March 2015.

Eva Women's Aid was one of these organisations. They propose to use the £23,163 requested from the PCC as per the attached business case. 

17/10/2014

 

54 –   2014

Victims Fund – My Sisters Place

From 1 October 2014 funding for victims of crime transferred to Police and Crime Commissioners from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to commission victims services. In advance of this responsibility the PCC commissioned a review of Victims Services within Cleveland. One of the recommendations within the report suggested that the PCC continues to fund the areas that were previously funded by the MOJ but for which the funding has now passed to the PCC, until 31st March 2015.

My Sisters Place was one of these organisations. They propose to use the £21,000 requested from the PCC in support of an existing Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) post (please see attached business case). 

17/10/2014

 

55 –   2014

Community Safety Hub – Data Centre

The Police & Crime Commissioner approved the progression of the Community Safety Hub project in July 2014. Decision Record 44-2014 refers, and states that

…..the concept of the Community Safety Hub, with the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of community safety and criminal justice services, underpins this project.

Strategic negotiations are already underway between the PCCs and Chief Constables for both Cleveland and North Yorkshire to plan for the potential co-location of facilities and infrastructure within the Community Safety Hub….

An early product of those negotiations is an agreement reached with the Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire to accommodate, within the Community Safety Hub project, the re-provision of data centre facilities for North Yorkshire Police.

Data centre facilities have formed part of the Community Safety Hub project since its inception. For a range of reasons, including the emerging requirement for additional flexibility and capacity arising from negotiations with North Yorkshire, the Project Board has approved the progression of a data centre facility in a building set apart from the main Community Safety Hub within the Hemlington site.

In project terms, the key step required at this stage is to commission the design of a suitable data centre building and thereafter to apply for the necessary planning permission. Pursuant to the agreement reached with North Yorkshire, the design will be for a building which meets the needs of both Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police.

In financial terms, the following matters arise

  • Following on from agreement reached in principle between the respective Chief Executives and Deputy Chief Constables of Cleveland and North Yorkshire, the Project Sponsors have approved the commissioning of plans for a suitable external data centre building. The anticipated cost of this professional work is within the agreed budget for the project.
  • High-level estimates of the cost of the data centre and the basis upon which they can be apportioned as part of the collaboration, have been provided to North Yorkshire. They are not published separately with this Decision Record.

The Commissioner is invited to note the agreement reached in principle between the Project Sponsors and their counterparts in North Yorkshire as described above; note the formal decision reached by the Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, in favour of progressing the proposal; and approve the decision set out below. 

15/10/2014

 

56 –   2014

Community Safety Hub – Publication Scheme

A Publication Scheme is a document which explains to the public and to stakeholders, the documentation which a public authority (in this instance, the OPCC) holds (or expects to hold) in connection with a particular project, initiative or subject matter. It also explains whether – and if so, when – the documentation is intended to be published by the public authority.

Publication Schemes assist both the public and the OPCC to address disclosure obligations in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, by setting out future publication plans in a clear and accessible way at an early stage.

The Publication Scheme in respect of the Community Safety Hub is attached as an appendix to this Decision Record Form. It will be reviewed and amplified as the project progresses in order to ensure that it is comprehensive and informative. 

17/10/2014

 

 

 
 
 
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