Police & Crime Bulletin for January 2019

John Campbell chosen as the preferred candidate to be Thames Valley Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has chosen John Campbell as his proposed appointment for Thames Valley Police Chief Constable.

John Campbell is the current Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, a position he has held since 2015.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “After a detailed selection process I am delighted to announce that John Campbell is my preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.  I look to forward to working closely with him in the future.”

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “I feel privileged to be chosen as the preferred candidate for the next Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

“I am very proud to have been a Chief Officer with Thames Valley Police for over 8 years, and look to take over from an outstanding Chief Constable in Francis Habgood. I hope to build on his successes in my tenure as Chief.

“It will be an honour to lead all those who work and volunteer for us so that we can continue to deliver a police force that protects the communities of the Thames Valley and gives the public the standard of service that they deserve.”

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Thames Valley launches PCSO Apprenticeships

In 2019, TVP are introducing a range of new entry routes into policing, including the newly launched Police Community Support Officer Apprenticeship (PCSOA). 

Applications are now open for our new PCSO Apprenticeship, with the first cohort of Officers planned to join the force in May.

Matthew Barber, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner said; “This is a great opportunity for people to learn on the job and gain valuable qualifications. Policing is a complex business and the public rightly expect the best from Thames Valley Police. The new PCSO apprentices will play a vital role in delivering policing in our communities and transforming routes into policing.”

Click here to find out more about the apprenticeship scheme and the role of PCSOs.

Community Policing Awards 2019

The Community Policing Awards take place each year at a ceremony held at Eynsham Hall near Witney in Oxfordshire in May.

This ceremony is now in its eighteenth year and provides an opportunity to recognise and nominate the work of officers, staff and volunteers who have made the greatest contribution to their community over the past year.

The nominations will then be sifted down to a shortlist, and a panel of judges will make the final decision of who the community champions of the year are.

Click on one of the eight categories below to find out more and nominate someone...

1. Community Police Officer 2019
2. Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2019
3. Special Constable 2019
4. Diversity Champion 2019
5. Cadet 2019
6. Volunteer 2019
7. Community Volunteer 2019
8. Problem Solving Award 2019

PCC announces more investment in frontline policing for the Thames Valley

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, has today (22/1) approved the capital and revenue plans presented to him by Chief Constable Francis Habgood.

After funding pay and price rises, the increase in Council Tax agreed today enables an investment of around £8.5m in a number of priority policing areas. We will:

  • Improve services to the public through contact management by reducing 101 call handling times
  • Increase frontline policing by recruiting additional officers and staff to respond to increasing crime demand and complexity
  • Improve our investigative capacity and process for complex crimes
  • Increase our digital capability by exploiting the modern platforms we have been investing in   

Anthony Stansfeld Police and Crime Commissioner said

“In December I welcomed the Government’s funding settlement which increased funding for policing and recognised the demand placed on policing nationally.  

“Over £100 million has been cut from Thames Valley Police’s annual budget over the last 8 years. While the Force continues to prioritise its work and make efficiency savings, there was significant concern that budget pressures would lead to unacceptable reductions in resources which would impact frontline policing and result in a service less able to respond to increases in demand.

“The 2019/20 funding settlement has allowed us to avoid a reduction in resource and I am pleased to be able to agree a budget today which enables Thames Valley Police to invest in operational policing to help protect our communities. 

“It is important to recognise, however that more than half of the funding in the Governments 2019/20 settlement (£509m) available nationally to Police and Crime Commissioners is expected to come from local taxpayers by increasing the police portion of the Council Tax. 

“Before I made a decision on the level of Council Tax, I sought views of the residents of the Thames Valley. Of the 8,031 people who completed the survey, 69.7% agreed to an increase to fund policing.  I am therefore proposing an increase in the police portion of the Council Tax in 2019/20 of £24 for the equivalent of a Band D property.

“After funding pay and price rise, the increase in Council Tax enables me to invest around £8.5m in a number of priority policing areas.  These include the recruitment of additional officers to respond to increasing crime demand and complexity, improved service to the public in investment in 101 call handling, the recruitment of investigators to tackle complex crime and, investment in technology to improve productivity and efficiency.

“I am confident that the budget proposed protects our communities today and plans for the future.  Over the next four years, Thames Valley Police will need to continue to make efficiency savings of over £15m with demand on services expected to continue to increase through increased reporting of complex crime and the growing challenge from serious organised crime networks”. 

“The budget will now go to the Police and Crime Panel on the 1 February for final ratification.”

Francis Habgood Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police said:

“Firstly I would like to thank the public for showing their support for policing.

“Without this additional investment we would have faced further cuts and it would have seriously damaged our ability to provide the policing services that we want to and our communities expect.

“The increase agreed today will enable us to recruit additional officers and staff to respond to increased demand, recruit more investigators to tackle the increase in complex crimes, deliver an improved 101 service and to invest in technology to improve productivity and efficiency.”