Commissioning in Lancashire is driven by the priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan. This broadly covers four main areas:
- Victims' Services
- Community Safety
- Restorative Justice Services
- Reducing Reoffending
From 1st April 2015, Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for commissioning emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their local area.
In Lancashire, the Police & Crime Commissioner has established a Lancashire Victims' Service. To find out more click here.
As part of the Policing Grant, which is received from Government, the Police & Crime Commissioner allocates funding to Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) across Lancashire. The collective priorities of all the CSPs have also helped to shape the Police & Crime Plan.
In addition to supporting Community Safety Partnerships across the county, the Police & Crime Commissioner has established a Community Action Fund for projects that deliver a lasting and positive impact on the local community.
To find out more about this Fund and how to apply please click here.
Restorative Justice Services
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a powerful and effective approach which focuses on how to repair the harm caused by crime. It works best in face-to-face meetings when we bring together the victim and their offender, and anyone else affected by the crime. They talk about what happened and how and what can be done to make things better and usually an outcome agreement is agreed by all those present.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has made £29 million available nationally to Police & Crime Commissioners and charities to help deliver RJ services for victims of crime over the next three years.
In Lancashire we want to build on the strong multi-agency partnerships that are already formed to achieve our vision of delivering safe, professional RJ services to victims of crime throughout the Criminal Justice System.
To find out more about the RJ arrangements in place in Lancashire, please click here.
Reducing reoffending is a high priority in Lancashire. Working with partners, including the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and the Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), ensures that reducing reoffending is high on the agenda. The Police and Crime Commissioner continues to monitor progress and adopt ground breaking ways to influence this shared priority, helping to break and reduce the cycle of offending and reoffending, for example through Early Action. The PCC encourages and supports greater use of cautions and conditional cautions and other alternative pathways of support to reduce offending behaviour and reassure local communities.
Details of grants given in 2014-15 can be found here.