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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner gets ready for a new PCC
The Police and Crime Commissioner's role is certainly an extensive one, they are supported by a small team whose role is to ensure the delivery of the statutory duties of a Commissioner, their office and to ensure the views of the local community are heard and responded to.
 
Your Bedfordshire team are one of the smallest OPCCs in the Country in terms of size yet has achieved considerable wins for Bedfordshire. They have delivered over £16 million pounds worth of services to the people of Bedfordshire over the past five years. The team focuses on five key areas, these are; representing the voice of the public, working with partners to ensure services for victims, offender management strategy and the commissioning and delivery of early intervention programmes. They also work with Bedfordshire Police to ensure they are delivering an effective and transparent service.
 
The office has in recent years added to its responsibilities by bringing victim services in house through the creation and then management of Signpost, the service that supports people who have experienced crime. They have also taken on the lead for the charity that supports elderly and vulnerable community members with crime prevention; The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust.
 
Collectively these functions make up the Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). As the team gets ready to welcome a new PCC after the 6 May vote is held, they are currently working with partners to ensure a smooth transition in all services that the community relies on. There are still core elements that the office is delivering that you can get involved directly in.
 
If you would like to become a member of the stop and search scrutiny panel, please email Community Cohesion:
community.cohesion@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.  This group of community representatives meets with the OPCC and Police to watch real videos of stop searches in Bedfordshire so that true transparency can take place, views and opinions are listened to and action taken wherever needed.
 
Signpost is commissioned and funded by the OPCC and offers free and confidential support to anyone affected by crime whether it has been reported to the police or not. Signpost was created to help and support victims of crime to cope and recover from their experience and ensure they receive their entitlements under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 2015. For more information about Signpost, please visit the Signpost website:
https://www.signpostforbedfordshire.com/.
 
The OPCC has a statutory duty to maintain an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme for Bedfordshire.  Independent custody visiting is a well-established system whereby volunteers attend police stations to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed. The scheme offers protection and confidentiality to detainees and the police and provides reassurance to the wider community. If you would like more information about becoming an Independent Custody Visitor in Bedfordshire, or for general information regarding the Scheme, please contact:
PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.
 
As part of the Communication work the office do, there are various Social Media Platforms to help keep the people of Bedfordshire up-to-date with what the office is doing and as a vehicle to listen to areas the community wish to raise to the office. These are accessible here:
 
Facebook –
@BedsOPCC
Twitter – @BedsOPCC
Instagram - @bedsopcc
 
The office also supplies a Newsletter at the start of every month which sums up what the office has been doing the month prior. If you would like to join the Newsletter Database, please email:
pccevents@beds.police.uk.
 
If you have been affected by crime, Signpost can be reached on the confidential freephone number 0800 0282 887. Signpost support services across a wide range of crimes and can also be accessed via their website (
www.signpostforbedfordshire.com) if individuals prefer to self-refer.