DRIVING down crime and working together were the key themes as a new era in policing was launched in Mansfield on Thursday.
The Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Plan 2013 - 2018 was unveiled at Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium by Paddy Tipping, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
The plan, the first of its kind since Mr Tipping was elected to the newly-created role in November last year, sets out how he plans to cut crime and improve police performance.
The 48-page plan acts as a blueprint, setting out Mr Tipping’s vision, policing priorities and how results will be measured. It also examines what resources are available, such as finances and personnel, and highlights accountability.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Tipping said: “The plan is about building bridges to create safer communities in Mansfield and across Nottinghamshire. It is about reducing crime and working together to make a real difference.”
Mr Tipping was joined at the launch by Chief Constable Chris Eyre and the Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, while the event was introduced by Ruth Marlow, the chair of Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC).
Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: “This plan is the work of a partnership and it is only by working together we can give life to Paddy’s ambitions. I share in those ambitions to be the finest force in the country and for our communities to be able to live safely, in a place that is free from crime.”
Guests at the launch included representatives of criminal justice and community safety partners, volunteer, health, business and community organisations, unions and local authorities.
There was a number of displays featuring work carried out within Mansfield’s Ravensdale area to prevent and reduce crime and a demonstration from parents and children plus members of the Holocaust Centre involved in the In our Hands project.
Inspector Neil Williams, based at Mansfield police station, highlighted the work being done in the Ravensdale area to stop anti-social behaviour and give youngsters the opportunity to engage in positive activities.
He said: “The key message is that agencies work well together in partnership, as do communities.”
John Wilmott, who represents Hucknall North on Ashfield District Council, attended the event.
Speaking to the Chad the launch, he said: “People need to become more involved in their community, and report incidents. It is essential that people tell police and other agencies about possible problems because then work can be done to reduce crime.”