Update from the PCC

The Police & Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, has circulated the following message. “Happy New Year one and all! I am pleased to have started 2022 with gusto and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can throughout the next twelve months.

January is the month in which budgets for the next financial year are set. On 28th January I will present my proposal for the 2022/23 policing budget to the Police and Crime Panel.

I would like to thank the local residents and partners who took the time to give me their feedback through my budget consultation. Over 4,300 people submitted responses through surveys and focus groups, and almost two thirds said they supported the increase in council tax to support policing services.

Throughout the next financial year I will prioritise implementing the policing policies set out in my Police and Crime Plan ‘More Police, Safer Streets’ <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=5de62c0e96&e=7f65a7375b> . This includes the recruitment of 196 new police officers; improvements to the 101 crime reporting system, specifically to reduce call waiting times and improve feedback; and a review of closed police stations and investment in existing police station buildings. The new budget will also see an increase in my commissioning fund to prevent crime, divert young people away from crime and improve services for victims. These will all help to make Hampshire and the Isle of Wight two of the safest places to live, work and visit in the country.

Nominations for Police and Crime Commissioner Awards 2022 Now Open!

Volunteers and third sector partners make a significant difference to local communities. I have launched my new Police and Crime Commissioner Awards <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=69178ae6a2&e=7f65a7375b>  to recognise the enormous contribution people in our communities make and to say thank you!

I am asking you to nominate someone who has made a difference to support crime reduction, or perhaps supported a victim of crime, or maybe carried out an act that has helped someone else as a community super-hero! I want to receive nominations for anyone you think deserves recognition for the positive impact they have made.

Download the Nomination Form <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=01578199bd&e=7f65a7375b>

Successful Bid to Change Name of Hampshire Constabulary

I am delighted to have been successful in securing the government’s support to change the name of Hampshire Constabulary to include the whole police force area by adding ‘Isle of Wight’ to the formal legal name. The Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Probation, Rt. Hon Kit Malthouse MP, has confirmed he has instructed officials to take steps to bring forward legislation to change the name of the Hampshire police area to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Constabulary.

I have received strong support from residents to include the words ‘Isle of Wight’ in the name of Hampshire Constabulary. People on the Isle of Wight indicated to me throughout 2020/2021 that they feel disconnected from the mainland. This is not helped by the name of the force being ‘Hampshire Constabulary’. The Isle of Wight is a unique community with a strong sense of identity. This is also complemented by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service who changed their name following the merger with the Isle of Wight Fire Service in 2021 to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

The exact timeframe for implementing the regulations will be subject to availability of Parliamentary time, though the name change is unlikely to be implemented before Summer 2022 (subject to Parliamentary approval). As pledged previously, in order to save costs there will be no rebranding exercise and the name will be phased in over time.

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Investment in New Speed Camera Technology to Tackle Persistent Noise and Speeding on Problem Roads

I have agreed an investment of £677,000 to install average speed cameras along the A32 and A272 within the Meon Valley, two of the most problematic roads for excessive vehicle noise and speed in Hampshire.

Since being elected I have received consistent complaints from residents about the excessive motorbike noise and speeding, which is having a detrimental impact on their lives. I have listened to those concerns and taken action. The funding of these new cameras is a big step forward in delivering on my commitment to represent local people and make our roads safer.

This investment is a result of significant analysis and work by Hampshire Constabulary and follows close working with local MPs, councillors and parish councillors who have all expressed their concerns on behalf of local residents and communities. The new camera technology will enable Hampshire Constabulary to make best use of the most up to date equipment available, keep roads safer, bring the most prolific offenders to justice, and provide reassurance for the public that these type of offences will be tackled and taken seriously.

Young People Invited to Take Part in Youth Commission’s Big Conversation

My Youth Commission <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=e25c6bc42e&e=7f65a7375b>  has launched this year’s Big Conversation <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=85db58d0e6&e=7f65a7375b> , inviting young people aged 14-25 to have their say on key police and crime related issues. The three issues they have selected as top concerns to consult on are: Staying Safe On The Streets, Hate And Hostility, and Substance Misuse.

These issues have a huge impact on the lives of young people. The Government’s new drugs strategy and the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy will also be a key area of focus for the year ahead.

Modern Slavery Exhibition Now Showing at Eastleigh Museum

The Modern Slavery Partnership’s emotive and thought provoking exhibition <https://hampshire-pcc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a79547f4354a0cd5692a0950d&id=1acc6c3fbe&e=7f65a7375b>  ‘The Real Faces of Modern Slavery: Unmasking The Truth’ is now showing at Eastleigh Museum until 26th February. The exhibition is a journey through the compelling stories of survivors identified and supported within our surrounding area depicting their experiences, past and present, as well as their future aspirations as they start to rebuild their lives.”

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