Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Beating Crime, continued
If we are to succeed in levelling up this country, we must give everyone the security and confidence that comes from having a safe street and a safe home.
That is why the government introduced this week a Beating Crime Plan, which builds on the achievements of the past two years – more police, more resources, and tougher sentences – to provide our law enforcement with everything they need to prevent, deter, and crack down on crime.
This plan will give the law-abiding majority the respect and support they need should they fall victim to a crime, whilst cracking down on those who persist in breaking the law.
We are doing this by:
Introducing our Beating Crime Plan, delivering the most comprehensive and far-reaching strategy of its kind yet. This plan is our blueprint for cutting crime and increasing confidence in our justice system. By combining prevention, deterrence, and enforcement, it will put victims first and support the dedicated and hardworking men and women from across our criminal justice system who keep us safe.
Reconnecting the police with the public:
Providing every person in England and Wales with access to the contact details of neighbourhood police officers, ensuring the public know that local help is always available.
Allowing the public to access a range of police services in one online platform, making our forces more accessible than ever.
Developing a league table of 999 and 101 calls, letting the public know how responsive their local force is when they call them for help.
Asking the police to regularly report on how police officers are being deployed and the results they are achieving, giving the public confidence that their local police are performing.
Working with CrimeStoppers and Neighbourhood Watch, raising awareness of hidden harms in our communities.
Intervening early to prevent crime from occurring:
Investing £17 million in youth interventions, providing high-intensity specialist support to young people to stop them from entering a life of crime.
Investing £45 million in our schools-based Support, Attain, Fulfil, Exceed and Alternative Provision taskforces, providing vulnerable young people with support to make the right decisions.
Expanding our use of electronic monitoring for serious offenders and tracking the movements of criminals upon release from prison, supporting our police in deterring and detecting further crimes.
Trialling the use of alcohol tags in offenders guilty of drink-fuelled crime, helping to reduce violence and other alcohol-related crime.
Introducing Knife Crime Prevention Orders, prohibiting those most at risk from carrying knives.
Holding annual Homicide Summits, attended by the Chief Constables of police forces with the highest homicide rates, creating solutions to the biggest issues in cutting murder rates.
Giving the police what they need to fight crime by:
Relaxing voluntary conditions on Section 60 stop and search powers, reducing the number of weapons on our streets.
Commencing provisions in the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 to ban a range of knives and firearms, making it harder for criminals to access dangerous weapons.
Establishing a multi-agency response to anti-social behaviour, combining resources to better prevent anti-social behaviour.
Expanding the role of Police and Crime Commissioners, allowing them to use their local expertise to cut crime.
Expanding the Acquisitive Crime GPS tagging project, providing us with data to monitor patterns of crime.
Building our capability to deal with fraud, cyber and online crime:
Continuing to shut down scams and fraudulent websites, making it harder for fraudsters to target the UK.
Replacing Action Fraud with an improved national fraud and cybercrime reporting system, improving our understanding of how fraudsters are operating.
Publishing a new National Cyber Security Strategy, increasing our response to cybercrime and driving collaborations with the National Cyber Security Centre and National Cyber Force.
Working with the tech, financial, telecoms and accountancy sectors, restricting the opportunities that fraudsters seek to exploit.