Reading’s local policing area commander, Superintendent Stan Gilmour, has said that neighbourhood policing in the town will prioritise important services while public service cuts put a strain on community groups and charities.
Thames Valley Police ran a series of World Café events this year to discuss neighbourhood and police priorities, which Supt Gilmour says:
…helped us to work together to improve our services to vulnerable people, victims and witnesses.
…with the help of local people, their representatives, and the Police and Crime Commissioner, we are seeing improved partnership working and earlier intervention across many areas.
Reading has a Community Safety Partnership (CSP) that includes Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, the National Probation Service, local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The 2016-2019 community safety plan issued by the CSP this month says that although Reading is a lively and prosperous place, it still has pockets of serious deprivation and areas of high crime. The town also has a high proportion of young people, a demographic group who tend to be overrepresented in crime statistics.
The plan also shows that overall crime has remained stable in Reading over the last three years. There have been falls in thefts and burglaries but violent crime has increased:
… over the past 3 years, the rate of violent crime has risen significantly… It now accounts for 43% of all crime in Reading, which makes it one of the largest demands on services
- Reading community safety partnership
- Crime and policing on Katesgrove Hill
- Neighbourhood policing team monthly report
- Thames Valley alerts
- Open letter from Thames Valley Police chief constable
- The problem of police priorities
- Thames Valley Police ‘commitment pack’