At a meeting held on Friday 11th July 2014 members of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel agreed to open up meetings to public involvement and introduce public questions.The move is designed to improve public engagement and interest in the Panel’s work. Questions will be subject to meeting certain conditions which are being developed to ensure that questions are relevant to the aims and work of the Panel.
Other proposals for reforming how the Panel operates were also agreed by members.
These include theming some meetings to examine particular issues more in-depth, for example female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation; and holding future meetings at a fewer number of venues to benefit from web casting facilities, rather than rotating around the Thames Valley as the Panel has operated until now.
The Panel meeting also examined the delivery of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and heard an update from the Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld. He reported on police crime detection and reduction performance over the 12 months to end March 2014. The Force has met or exceeded four out of five crime detection targets over the last year, including a reduction in domestic burglaries of 20%. There was a very small increase in recorded crimes against the person of 0.5% (94 offences) over the year.
The Commissioner’s update can be read at : https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/documents/s50413/Violent%20Crime%20and%20Acquisitive%20Crime%20Update.pdf
At Friday’s meeting the Panel members also re-elected Buckinghamshire County Councillor, Trevor Egleton, as Chairman of the Panel for a third year. Kieron Mallon, Oxfordshire County Councillor, was re-elected as Vice-Chairman.