Tony Lloyd Police & Crime Commisioner

He will set the policing agenda for 2.5m people in Greater Manchester. The police and crime commissioners will:

provide a strong and powerful voice for communities and represent views about how crime is prevented and its consequences are tackled

have a statutory duty to set a police and crime plan for their force area and a budget that focuses on working in partnership to cut crime, as well as maintaining an efficient and effective police force

be able to commission services from outside of the police force

work with chief constables and local partners such as probation, health, education and local voluntary organisations to fulfil their commitments to not only fight crime and antisocial behaviour, but to prevent it, in order to deliver safer streets for their community

be required to work with community safety and criminal justice partners – reciprocal duties in this area are deliberately broad and flexible, to allow working arrangements to develop in a way that is most meaningful locally,
leaving room for innovation

PCCs will need to work with community safety partners, criminal justice agencies and the voluntary sector to help deliver what’s important, locally. Where partnerships work well they can prevent duplication, reduce costs and tackle issues by using a joined-up approach. To be effective partnerships need to be based on action.

Tony Lloyd says of domestic violence/abuse:  “Domestic violence (DV) is the single most common form of violence. It mainly affects women although men do suffer too. One in four women experience some form of
domestic violence in their life and one in eight in experience it in any twelve month period. These statistics ought to be shocking figures for a society serious about reducing crime.

Domestic violence is much more pervasive than other types of crime both  because  victims often suffer violence over a long period before action  is taken and because where other family members are involved they may also become victims of violence or fear and of the culture of violence.

Even though nobody can promise to get rid of the problem of DV completely we can do something about it. We know that best practice does exist and the positive stories I have heard give a standard to judge the treatment of all victims against. But still there are too many examples of what is not best practice but is simply an unacceptable response. One victim told me her own story where she lay on the floor awaiting medical treatment while the Police Officers stood laughing with her attacker, her partner, in the next room.

And we know that the CPS and courts do not always help. Too often they are not willing to act or to hand our the type of exemplary sentences needed to change the culture of violence. Victims are let down when they go through the difficult court process and feel that the outcome has made no difference. Recent changes like the introduction of MARAC’s and domestic violence courts are welcome but we still have a serious journey to travel.

Specific training in dealing with domestic violence is needed for Police and where appropriate specialist teams should be involved. We need to speak to children and young people, the change in attitudes needs to start at an early age at school and in other places where young people gain social insight”.