Since 2012 we have highlighted promising practice and effective solutions for those with multiple complex needs and worked directly with PCCs and their staff to help implement those solutions.
Working closely with the Transition to Adulthood Alliance we have campaigned to raise understanding and awareness of the problems faced by The Revolving Doors group and young adults in contact with the criminal justice system.
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), not least the ‘and crime’ element, offers the opportunity to improve outcomes for people stuck in the cycle of crisis and crime. PCCs can’t do this on their own however – and need to work with partners from across a range of sectors to make a positive difference.
2012 - The First Generation Project
That year saw the election of PCCs in England and Wales – this was First Generation. It represented a major change in the way that policing is run, abolishing the old Police Authorities and replacing them with organisations headed by directly elected PCCs.
In the Revolving Doors Agency’s First Generation project we worked closely with PCCs up and down the country.
We helped them to develop a better understanding of people with multiple and complex needs and introduce better service responses to those individuals.
2016 - The Second Generation Project
2016 saw a second round of elections across England and Wales, with around half of the PCCs elected in 2012 standing down or being replaced.
This cohort – the Second Generation – provides the focus for further work until 2018.
A new opportunity for creativity
The PCC's responsibility for wider crime reduction in their area (the ‘and crime’ part of their title) provides an opportunity to work creatively at a local level, encouraging and strengthening partnerships, linking with health and other community-based services and tackling the underlying causes of crime and reoffending.
The role of the PCC is to represent the voice of the people and to hold the police to account
They are important local decision makers with a broader remit than the Police Authorities that they replaced. They are responsible for:
- Setting local policing priorities through a police and crime plan
- Holding the Chief Constable to account
- Working in partnership to prevent and reduce crime and improve community safety
- Setting the local policing and community safety budget
- Engaging with their local community
RESOURCES FROM SECOND GENERATION
Emerging good practice on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls commissioned by PCCs
Emerging good practice across PCC areas on Young Adults (18-24) in contact with criminal justice services
Reviewing police and crime plans for multiple and complex needs, and transition to adulthood