New plan for the future of community policing



The proposed changes to local policing announced in my last newsletter will go ahead.
This will see more than 100 police officers redeployed into Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs).  In order to do this some police roles have been civilianised and officers have been moved from central to local teams. The number of PCSOs will reduce from the 81 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts in July to 48 FTEs but the outcome will be more police officers in local policing. 
The changes will come into effect on 29 October.

I will be monitoring the impact of this new model to ensure the people of Suffolk are getting the police service they deserve.  I will also continue to lobby for fairer funding for the constabulary as I believe the root of our financial challenge lies with the huge unfairness of the funding from the Home Office which is why I will do everything possible to alter this injustice.
Click here for full detail of the new model.







Potential sale of Police HQ
Following a period of public consultation held in the summer, I'd like to update you on the potential sale of the Martlesham Police Headquarters site for residential development.
The sale is being considered as part of a full review of the PCC’s estate, in order to help reduce costs and provide better value for money to taxpayers, without impacting on police services or jobs. If it goes ahead, the HQ would move to more fit-for-purpose premises in the Ipswich area, which are likely to be existing public sector buildings.
In order to know what the value of the HQ site is, and therefore determine whether it should be sold, the PCC appointed a team of consultants who have carried out a range of technical studies. This has suggested that around 250 homes could be built on the site, should planning permission be granted by Suffolk Coastal District Council in the future.
A public exhibition was held in June at Martlesham Heath Pavilion, which over 300 people attended. The PCC received feedback from 164 local people, stakeholders and organisations. An update leaflet, available on the PCC website, provides details of the key themes of the feedback - which include traffic, local infrastructure and wildlife – and how these are being considered by the project team as the plans continue to be finalised.  We will continue to keep people updated and we hope to submit an outline planning application by the end of the year.
All the feedback received will be detailed in a Statement of Community Consultation, which will be submitted with the planning application to Suffolk Coastal District Council.
If planning permission were to be granted, valuations would then be obtained to assess if it were viable to relocate the Police Headquarters elsewhere in the Ipswich area. The site could then be considered for sale to a house builder or developer who would draw up more detailed designs and submit a further planning application for approval before any work could start.
More detail is available here.


My Annual Report was presented to the Police and Crime Panel last week (October 5th). Click on the image above to take a look.





Formal decisions made by the PCC
All formal decisions made by my office are published on my website. Below is a list of the most recent decisions, click on link for full detail:

Award of Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant – Taxi Marshals (PDF, 722KB)
Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 104KB) PCC Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 5MB)
Award of Grant – Compassion Babergh Domestic Abuse Forum (PDF, 504KB)
Summary of Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund Round 14, June 2018 (PDF, 289KB)
Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (PDF, 492KB)