Three different Surveys explained
Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
At least three organisations invite residents of Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire to participate in periodic or rolling surveys relating to crime and community safety. Residents are entitled to ask “why?”
Below we analyse the key features of the surveys held by Buckinghamshire Council every autumn, by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner on a rolling basis, and the Forum’s thrice-yearly surveys.
All these surveys serve a distinct purpose, all informing the provision of services and contributing to making our areas safer places to live. We encourage residents to give their inputs to all three.
Buckinghamshire Council’s annual Community Safety survey
By law (The Crime and Disorder Act 1998), the Police and local authorities must work together with partner organisations to form a Community Safety Partnership and develop a strategy to reduce crime within the local area. Buckinghamshire Council’s annual survey informs that strategy which is reset every three years.
TVP Police and Crime Commissioner’s rolling Survey
The work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is also governed by law, in this case the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Among other things, this directs that PCCs must secure efficient and effective police for their area, publish a police and crime plan to set objectives for their area, and set the force budget and determine the precept. Over the past 10 years, Buckinghamshire residents have seen an ever greater share of the policing budget come from their Council Tax. It is therefore even more important that the views of residents are taken into account, and their votes contribute to strategic and sometimes more specific initiatives.
Chiltern & South Bucks Policing Issues Forum’s Surveys
Feedback from the Forum’s surveys is perhaps less strategic. It is turned around quickly and assists prioritisation of resources at a Neighbourhood level. It also informs discussion at the Forum meetings, enabling the public and the Police to engage meaningfully on local issues and priorities.
In this, the Forum also helps Thames Valley Police to meet a statutory obligation under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. This directs that a chief officer of Police must:
- make arrangements for obtaining the views of persons within each neighbourhood about crime and disorder in that neighbourhood;
- make arrangements for providing persons within each neighbourhood with information about policing in that neighbourhood;
- and arrangements must be made for regular meetings between persons within the neighbourhood and police officers with responsibility for supervising or carrying out policing in that neighbourhood.
Community Safety Partnership
- Annual, run by Buckinghamshire Council for multi-agency partnership
- Partnership includes the Council, Thames Valley Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Health Services, the Probation Service and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Covers Buckinghamshire
- Feeds 3-yearly strategy cycles, updated annually
- 1264 respondents to November 2022 survey
- Neighbourhood crime
- Anti-social behaviour
- Serious violence
- Violence against women and girls
- Exploitation of vulnerable people
Police & Crime Commissioner
- Covers Thames Valley
- Includes perceptions of Police, feelings of safety, criminal justice system, funding
- 8,000 respondents, 1,532 in Bucks ex MK (to May 15th)
Neighbourhood Policing #1 choice of respondents in use of Council Tax funding
Top 3 crimes identified as issues within respondents’ areas:
- Speeding, dangerous driving
- Criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping
- Drug dealing
Chiltern & S Bucks Policing Issues Forum
- 3x a year
- Covers 7 Community Boards, 6 Neighbourhood Policing areas
- Informs decisions on ‘focus areas’ for Neighbourhood Policing, focussed on relevant categories:
- “Would this realistically be a candidate to be included on the Neighbourhood Police officers’ daily work schedules?”
- “Is this category already a national or Force priority?“
- “Is action on this category primarily the responsibility of another body?”
Current Neighbourhood Policing focus areas: Burglary, Speeding, Drugs
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