The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a Commissioning Framework. The PCC is also developing a Commissioning Strategy.
This is to make sure Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) reviews each service provider to make sure staff know, who provides the best option for the people of Cleveland.
The Framework provides information and guidance on commissioning across all PCC activities.
Commissioning services helps the OPCC to deliver the aims and objectives in the Police & Crime Plan.
Overview of Commissioning
The OPCC defines commissioning as: “the identification and assessment of need and the development of policy direction or selection of the most appropriate delivery mechanism by which to satisfy need in a cost effective way.”
The PCC has a variety of funding streams available for commissioning and grant giving.
There is no separate grant for community safety work. The PCC allocates a small part of the main police grant for community safety grants and/or commissioning each year.
The Commissioning Strategy is in the final stages of development.
Victim Referral Service
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) funds PCCs to commission specific victims’ services.
The Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland and Durham have made a clear commitment to put victims at the heart of criminal justice processes. They have done this by helping to establish the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) for victims in Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington.
Since the service was set up in April 2016, it has contacted more than 4,000 vulnerable victims. More than 1,400 victims have received a needs-based assessment and appropriate support from VCAS staff. Find out more about VCAS.