What is Commissioning?
The Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioning powers and funding to help him to cut crime and improve community safety. He will commission services and award grants to organisations or bodies that he considers will support the community safety priorities in his Police and Crime Plan. He will work effectively with other local leaders in the area, who can also provide resources.
The Commissioner will also work to influence how all parties prioritise and bring together their resources to tackle local problems. He can pool funding with other local partners and have flexibility to decide how resources are used.
The Commissioner will look to develop solutions with partners on a range of crime and health issues including local authorities who will have responsibility for establishing Health and Wellbeing Boards. Joint efforts to tackle mental health, drugs and alcohol issues not only have immediate benefits for the health sector, they will have benefits for policing and community safety as the links between public health and crime are readily acknowledged.
New funding arrangements from April
Funding streams for 2016/17 have now closed and the Commissioner is planning different arrangements for the next financial year, beginnning in April 2017, so that the available cash is controlled for distribution at a more local level, intending to ensure a fairer distribution across the whole Humber area.
Arrangements within each local authority area may vary as the new procedures are developed locally and when each Community Safety Partnership finalises its arrangements they will notify localities of the details. This office will also provide details of how to apply for funding.