We have done much of what we set out to do in the first Police & Crime Reduction Plan, placing us in a strong position to face the challenges ahead, while acknowledging that there is still a great distance to travel.
These are a few of the achievements the Commissioner and Chief Constable have delivered together with their teams and partners so far:
|Keeping a focus on victims of crime
We’ve moved from being one of the worst performing forces for victim satisfaction to one of the top forces in England & Wales. This is a direct result of listening to people who’ve experienced crime, placing victims at the heart of all we do. We’ve changed the way we record crime to reflect this and we’ll be delivering further improvements to services for victims.
|Tackling violence against women and girls
Identifying domestic abuse at the earliest opportunity is key to keeping people safe. We’ve successfully worked with health and other partners to improve information sharing and to train professionals to know what to look for and how to respond so victims get the services they need. We’ve developed ground-breaking new training for police officers, GPs and Universities, drawing on the experiences of survivors to inform our work.
|Protecting vulnerable people
We’ve reviewed the on-going work in South Wales to address child sexual exploitation, resulting in a partnership action plan to help keep all our children safe from online grooming and other forms of abuse. We are supporting victims of crimes targeted because of their race, gender or sexual orientation. We are helping older people to feel safe by tackling the growing issue of scams, including online crime by embedding advice from Get Safe Online on our website.
|Using technology in the fight against crime
We’re revolutionising policing through technology. Programme Fusion is a collaborative venture between South Wales and Gwent Police, helping both forces cut crime, reduce costs, and provide an effective, efficient police service by ensuring our officers are using the latest technology, giving them the information they need, when they need it.
|Delivering a more representative workforce
We’ve changed the way we do things to make sure that our future workforce will be more representative of the communities we serve. We provide support for people from BME backgrounds who are interested in a career with us including events to promote the range of roles within the police service to young people from different backgrounds who may not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about the police. We will actively champion women in the workplace.
|Working to reduce violent crime
Public Health Wales and other partners worked with us to improve information sharing to target resources where they’re needed most. We’ve delivered the Swansea Help Point and the Know the Score: #DrinkLessEnjoyMore campaign to make our city centres even safer at night. We take a zero-tolerance approach to sexual predators and we’re training door staff and others to spot perpetrators and those at risk from them.
|Delivering a more efficient Criminal Justice System
We’ve worked with partners to merge the boards which provide the strategic direction for the Criminal Justice System in South Wales, making things more efficient. The Commissioner has also established a scrutiny panel to enable Criminal Justice partners, including magistrates’ representatives, to assess whether out of court disposal orders are being used correctly and effectively.
|Supporting young people
Our Police Youth Volunteer Programme is being rolled out to young people in Communities First areas of South Wales. We’ve extended the pilot of the custody triage scheme in Cardiff to support 18 to 25 year olds and to divert young people away from the Criminal Justice System. We have funded schemes which support a reduction in offending behaviour by young people by offering alternatives to crime.
|Tackling anti-social behaviour
Victims can now have a say in the types of punishment their perpetrators face – we’ve asked people what remedies they think should be available and we’re using the principles behind restorative approaches. Victims can easily instigate a review of their case via the Community Trigger if they are unhappy with the response they’ve had. We’ve worked with local authorities and social housing providers to make sure the process is easy to use and consistent across the force.
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