I set out in blog http://www.cinspdavespencer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/welcome-to-my-new-blog.html three strands to focus on;
- Relentless focus on offenders
- Adding public value
- Communicate, communicate, communicate
Public value related to working with others to add value to the communities we serve. There has been some very good progress in this regard with relationships developing and delivering outcomes between police and statatory partners through the Community Safety Partnership, Local Strategic Partnership and are looking very promising in the newly created Health and Wellbeing Boards. Outside of these work has moved on a pace with the voluntary and business sectors and looks good to continue to develop in the future. The Newly formed Domestic Abuse Forum is a good example that I'd like to develop countywide in my new role.
I think communication has increased in volume of content and different media used, including a small explosion(!) in the use of social media by constables and Community Support Officers.
Individually it is hard, if not impossible to measure the benefits of these activities but the figures that generally get quoted look positive. All crime year to date is down nearly 9% and there are reductions in house burglary, theft of cars, robbery, violence, domestic violence, ASB and confidence in policing has increased. The increase seen in thefts from cars is now reducing and fingers crossed, this will be down to no change or better by the end of March! There may be some correlation!
Regrets? The main one is leaving behind some really good people, both inside the police and outside who, I think, have started out on a journey that willimprove in time and the people of Daventry & South Northants will continue to benefit from living in safer and more pleasant communities. I also have some small regrets around little things that maybe could have been done a little quicker or slightly different, but these are really lessons to be learnt to adapt and continually improve the way we do things.
As I've said above, I think there is real potential here for even more to be delivered and I am very confident that my successor, Chief Inspector Tom Thompson will build on these foundations and deliver an ever improving service.
This is the first time I have ever policed the area within which I live and it has been a privilage to serve my friends and neighbours. I now move on to a countywide remit to reducve violent crime and look forward to sharing with you my initial thoughts on that soon.