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Under the spotlight: reviewing police and crime plans for multiple and complex needs, and transition to adulthood

Since the election of the first Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in November 2012, PCCs have emerged as influential leaders at a local and national level. Faced with the difficult challenge of balancing limited resources while meeting constantly changing local needs, they have shown a willingness to innovate and to take risks. One of the pivotal aspects of the role is that PCCs are not only responsible for holding the police to account, setting police budgets and priorities and, ultimately, hiring and firing chief constables, but also for the many aspects of the ‘and crime’ part of their title.

In many respects, the ‘and crime’ part of the role interests Revolving Doors Agency at least as much as the ‘police’ part. It is in this area that PCCs have shown an appetite for dealing with difficult local problems, at individual and community level, through the commissioning of services and through thinking at systems level. Moreover, some have used the role in other ways, including using their public profile to bring together stakeholders and fellow local leaders from other sectors to respond to local need and find creative ways of addressing often deep-seated problems. Many also contribute at strategic level to the functioning of other systems through, for example, representation on local authority health and wellbeing boards.

This document presents a review of both the current and the most recent previous Police and Crime Plans for each PCC – the principal document that sets out for the
public what PCCs are prioritising in their areas. The aim was to both explore how the plans reflect the breadth of multiple and complex needs (the key area of interest for Revolving Doors), as well as to other specific groups, such as young adults (to inform the work of the Transition to Adulthood Alliance) and women, to provide a tool for identifying the PCCs’ areas of interest.

The plans were examined on three different levels: how needs of the population in a PCC area were assessed; what needs were identified; and what priorities have been established as a result to meet these needs, reduce crime and prevent harm. In addition to this report, Revolving Doors has produced an interactive map highlighting key findings.In addition to this report, Revolving Doors has produced an interactive map highlighting key findings. This can be accessed by clicking here, or by typing this URL into a browser