Last month I said I would be talking about our priorities for this coming year and I want to use this column to focus on one of those priorities – reassurance.
As with many organisations, companies and even individuals, the police have to prioritise what we do to ensure we use our resources effectively and we target those issues and incidents that are the most important.
So, how do we determine what is important? Well, the Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for developing a ‘policing plan’ which sets out the police and crime objectives. Our Chief Constable then uses this to set out the policing priorities.
We have five priorities which we focus on delivering, these are:
1. Safeguarding the vulnerable
2. Attacking criminality
3. Preventing crime
4. Value for money
5. Reassure the public
I would like to talk about the fifth priority. Many of you will no doubt be aware that we have experienced a number of serious incidents across Fenland in recent weeks.
This, understandably, raises concern from individuals and communities. Everyone wants to feel safe and when something serious happens it can often lead people to feeling more vulnerable.
It is important that we let the local community know what action we are taking when things like this do happen; this is about making sure we provide reassurance.
So, I would like to tell you what we are doing. The tragic murder that occurred in Wisbech has been investigated and the offender has now been arrested, charged and remanded in police custody. This was a contained incident between two parties within a house.
While I cannot go into specific details about ongoing investigations, the serious sexual assaults that occurred in Wisbech and March are being investigated by experts within our specialist teams and, although investigations are continuing, I can confirm that the offences are not linked in any way.
Serious incidents such as these are fortunately rare but, when they do happen, both local officers and specialist teams work hard to identify, arrest and charge the offenders.
I would like to reassure you all that Fenland remains a safe place to live, work and visit.