Part­ner­ship work­ing gets bet­ter and bet­ter

Kate Fir­man from the Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - City Beat -

Ihave men­tioned pre­vi­ously in my ar­ti­cles on Euro 2016 and hate crime about the chal­lenges Peter­bor­ough faces aris­ing from our so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions, rapid pop­u­la­tion growth and an in­creas­ingly di­verse com­mu­nity. These fac­tors, com­bined with the on­go­ing re­duc­tions in fund­ing across the pub­lic sec­tor, pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in con­tin­u­ing to keep all mem­bers of our com­mu­nity safe and re­duc­ing crime. Trans­form­ing the way the pub­lic sec­tor de­liv­ers ser­vices is a crit­i­cal part of keep­ing Peter­bor­ough safe.

The cre­ation of the Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice (PES) is an in­no­va­tive model that com­bines staff from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Cam­bridgeshire Con­stab­u­lary, Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and HMP Peter­bor­ough into a sin­gle ser­vice tack­ling crime and qual­ity of life is­sues. The PES is an evo­lu­tion of the ex­ist­ing CSP (Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship – SPP). The SPP has ex­isted for a num­ber of years as a part­ner­ship body – ser­vices have his­tor­i­cally been stand-alone but work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion on joint ini­tia­tives.

In Novem­ber 2015 the Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent for Peter­bor­ough re­struc­tured the ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing ser­vices in the city and moved ex­ist­ing Neigh­bour­hood Po­lice Teams into the Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship. With a strong and thriv­ing part­ner­ship al­ready in place, cou­pled with an un­der­stand­ing of the fi­nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal im­per­a­tive to im­prove the joint work­ing of agen­cies and in­crease pub­lic value, the con­cept of the PES was born. At its heart was a need to work col­lec­tively with agen­cies to un­der­stand joint de­mands, work ef­fec­tively to both deal with and re­duce crime and ASB and pro­vide a value for money ser­vice with ef­fi­ciency at its heart.

From this month we are mov­ing closer to our vi­sion as the PES will be de­liv­ered through a shared man­age­ment struc­ture which sees lead­er­ship from across the or­gan­i­sa­tions em­bed­ded through­out the ser­vice mov­ing to a sin­gle ser­vice rather than a col­lec­tion of teams from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. Teams will com­prise of a blend of staff with their own spe­cial­ism and ex­pe­ri­ence, su­per­vised by a mix­ture of po­lice, coun­cil, prison and fire ser­vice man­agers.

The ser­vice will be joint­lyled by a Chief In­spec­tor and Chief Fire Of­fi­cer. They will re­port in to a PES ex­ec­u­tive board con­sist­ing of the coun­cil’s Direc­tor for Adult Ser­vice and Com­mu­ni­ties, the Lead Fire Of­fi­cer for Com­mu­nity Safety and the Divi­sional Com­man­der for Polic­ing in Peter­bor­ough.

The front fac­ing de­liv­ery teams will be di­vided ge­o­graph­i­cally into north­ern, south­ern and east­ern sec­tors. I am man­ag­ing the east­ern team, In­spec­tor Kieran Mylchreest will be man­ag­ing the north­ern team and Graeme Clark the south­ern team. Each of us have a great mix of staff who spe­cialise in polic­ing, park­ing is­sues, fly­tip­ping, hous­ing and ASB and will be pro­vid­ing our com­mu­ni­ties with PCSO points of con­tact to bet­ter im­prove our links with them.

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