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Decisions of the PCC - August 2015

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.

DECISION TITLE

DECISION SUMMARY

DATE AUTHORISED

UPDATE

81 – 2015

Kidz Konnekt

The charity Kidz Konnekt have bid for for funding to undertake community engagement sessions, provide services and support for young people under 25 in Redcar & Cleveland. This will be   provided through a series of events and workshops. Their vision is of a society in which children and young people contribute to their full potential, are valued, and their rights respected.  Workshops and events are focussed on improving children and young people's experiences and life chances, reducing the impact of inequalities and increase resilience.

Kidz Konnekt focusses on those areas of most deprivation and currently provides  targeted youth support through a range of activities and work in partnership with   schools, other voluntary organisations and the statutory youth services.

10/08/2015

 

82 – 2015

Mutual Aid Funding

The   force has supported a number of Mutual Aid deployments between April 2015 - June 2015 which were not part of the budget set at the start of the year. In line with national guidelines the provision of Mutual Aid is charged to the Force   to whom the Mutual Aid is being provided.

The Force has incurred expenditure, that was not provided for when setting the   2015-16 budget in providing Mutual Aid, of £35,349. The total amount to be   reimbursed to Cleveland for providing these services is £45,069, which takes   into account the full costs, in line with national charging agreements, of the services provided.

The Mutual Aid deployments have been as follows:

Royal Visit - South Yorkshire Police (£6,886)

Sporting Event - Barnsley v Sheffield United (£8,553)

Sporting   Event - Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds - South Yorkshire Police (£11,414)

Sporting Event -Hull City v Manchester United - Humberside Police (£8,496)

The Force are therefore requesting the release of £35,349, from the income to be  received by the PCC, to pay for the additional costs that they have incurred   in providing this Mutual Aid. This will result in an increase in the budget   available to the Chief Constable of £35,349 which will in turn ensure that the provision of Mutual Aid has not reduced the funding available to the   Chief Constable for Policing within Cleveland.

The 'over-recovery' of income of  £9,715 will lead to an underspend during 2015/16 and will be made available to support future financial plans.

10/082015

 

83 - 2015

Agreement for Provision of ICT hardware

Following a review of ICT spend as well as consultation with key stakeholders; it was evident that the  ICT team required access to a supplier or framework agreement to ensure compliance  with contract standing orders and to obtain value for money within their annual budgets when procuring ICT hardware such as desktop PC’s, laptops, monitors and servers.

From looking at options within the marketplace and potential routes to market, it   was evident that due to the volume requirements the force has for ICT hardware over the next 2 financial years, a sole tender exercise would not necessarily provide value for money or the most efficient  route to market as it would target ICT re-sellers to bid for the contract rather than the manufacturer themselves due to low volume requirements.

It became apparent from analysis on the current ICT marketplace and also from   reviewing contract pricing from the previous time the force contracted direct with Hewlett Packard, that a collaborative framework agreement which allowed purchasing hardware direct from the manufacturer would offer the most efficient, compliant and cost effective route of procuring ICT hardware.

10/08/2015

 

84 – 2015

Community Remedy – Victim Awareness   Course (VAC)

Community Remedy was introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It is a tool to give victims a say in the out of court punishment of perpetrators for low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Following feedback from a public consultation by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in March 2014, a list of options were identified and agreed in order for victims to indicate their preference as to how the perpetrator should be dealt with. One of the options on the list includes targeted interventions. Targeted interventions can be used to assist the perpetrator to address any issues they may have to overcome or to understand the impact of their crime and/or anti-social behaviour. The Victim Awareness Course (VAC) has been identified as one of these interventions.

The Victim Awareness Course (VAC) delivered over three hours by Victim Support is an educational and rehabilitative option for an offender who has committed low level crime and/or anti-social behaviour. The course was developed with victims at the heart and is intended to educate offenders as to the impact of   their actions and to help them to understand the effect that such offending   has on victims, their loved-ones, themselves and the wider community.

The course is self-financing as offenders have to pay £55 to attend as part of   their Community Remedy conditions. A number of 10 individuals must attend   each course in order for Victim Support to break-even. If, after a number of   months courses are not fully subscribed the Police and Crime Commissioner may have to subsidise for each place not taken. This will be closely monitored on  a month by month basis.

The Victim Awareness Course is currently being academically evaluated however, early findings are encouraging;

  •   88%   of attendees stated that the course had helped them to think about the   behaviour which led them to having to attend the VAC.
  •   78%   stated that they would ‘definitely’ behave differently in future as a result   of having attended the course; a further 15% indicated that they may possibly behave   differently and the remainder stated that they were not sure.
  •   80%   of VAC attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the course helped them   to look at the victim’s perspective on the crime/incident.
  •   90%   stated that the course had helped them to think about how the victim might   feel as a result of their offending behaviour.
  •   92%   of VAC attendees indicated that the course had helped them understand the   impact of crime in general on victims.

Early indications from victims of crime suggests that they appreciate the approach and the rationale of the Victim Awareness Course which seeks to present a fair balance between punishment and rehabilitation.

10/08/2015

 

85 – 2015

Community Remedy – Unite Limited

Community Remedy was introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It is a tool to give victims a say in the out of court punishment of  perpetrators for low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Following feedback from a public consultation by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in March 2014, a list of options were identified and agreed in   order for victims to indicate their preference as to how the perpetrator  should be dealt with. One of the options on the list includes targeted interventions. Targeted interventions can be used to assist the perpetrator address any issues they may have to overcome or to understand the impact of their crime and/or anti-social behaviour. Mediation and Anger Management has been identified as one of these interventions.

Mediation is a way of helping people in dispute to find a win/win solution to their   conflict. It involves bringing people together to discuss and resolve the issues that are impacting on people’s quality of life. An impartial third party, the practitioner will help the people involved to work out an agreement focussing on future behaviours and actions. Unite have experience in resolving cases involving a wide range of issues including: noise, parking issues, and anti-social behaviour and landlord/tenant disputes. 

 The aim   of anger management training is to help the client develop an understanding of anger as an emotion, identify their own anger hooks and triggers and to gain an insight into how their anger impacts on themselves and others. Anger Management training is a one-to-one programme delivered over 6 sessions. The benefits of such training include;

  •   The client having the ability to manage their emotions more constructively
  •   Increased self-awareness and the awareness of the impact on others
  •   Reduction in anger related incidents
  •   Improvements in relationships with friends, family, neighbours etc.

 The service provided by Unite will include the following:

  •   25 community mediation sessions
  •   10 family mediation sessions
  •   10 anger management training sessions
  •   Active marketing campaign to promote services to potential referrers

 

 

 
 
 
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