New police plan adds cyber crime and female genital mutilation as priorities

Chairman of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel Trevor Egleton
Chairman of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel Trevor Egleton

Members of Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Panel have backed new policing plans for the region.

The new plan, published by Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld sets out objectives for tackling crime across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Updated priorities in the plan include ensuring victim support services are provided in the best way possible, tackling cyber crime and fraud and working to stop female genital mutilation.

At the meeting, panel members also discussed a report submitted by the commissioner on the recording of crime data in the Thames Valley, following the recent publication of an interim report by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary based on the inspections of 13 police forces in the last year.

Thirty remaining police forces, including Thames Valley, are due to be inspected in the coming months.

The commissioner said that the management of crime data recording in the Thames Valley is robust and that continual monitoring is in place to ensure the integrity of the data.

Panel chairman Trevor Egleton said: “It’s pleasing to see that important areas of crime, such as cyber crime and protecting vulnerable people through better partnership working have been added as additional priorities into the plan.

“The priorities are challenging ones, but this panel will work proactively with the commissioner to support and assist him in achieving them.”