This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Show us the money...
So my drafted question was this:
There were 59 incidents of crime in the centre of Didcot in August – as recorded by the Police.uk website. In the centre of Reading, there were 457. That is nearly eight times as many incidents of crime. One of the most important things that Thames Valley Police do is to work in partnership with local councils to prevent crime and disorder. You help to fund these local partnerships directly from your PCC budget. Are you able to assure us tonight that both Didcot and Reading (which many of us visit for work and social activities) will each get fair shares of the funding you provide – proportionate to the levels of crime and risk of crime?
Now sadly, this question will not get to be asked even though it would appear I was on the money with highlighting the level of crime. (I expect the PCC has made sure the meeting is packed with his political supporters as he did in Bracknell a few days ago.)
You see the worry I have is that the PCC is cooking up some sort of formula whereby areas with low crime will get more Community Safety Partnership money in the future while areas with high crime will get less...
Does that seem right to you?