Wiltshire & Swindon Community Messaging

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Have you signed up to Community Messaging?

www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Wiltshire Police use an email alert system called Community Messaging, also known as Neighbourhood Alert, across Wiltshire and Swindon to provide real time information to subscribing residents and businesses.

This is a free service and once subscribed you can choose what sort of alert to receive and how to receive them. This way the alerts will be tailored specifically to your interests and delivered by email, text or phone.

Community Messaging allows Wiltshire Police, and carefully selected partners, to help keep communities better informed about police and crime updates affecting their local area. The messages can even be sent to individual postcodes. 

Although Wiltshire Police is the main source of information the system is also used by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Wiltshire and Swindon Neighbourhood Watch, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Gas Emergency Service and Action Fraud (the national centre for fraud and cybercrime).  All these partners provide relevant information to help keep you safe and secure.

You can respond directly to messages and rate the value/relevance of alerts on a scale of 1-5. Your feedback can be most useful to provide first hand intelligence relating to alerts but also to allow us to assess the effectiveness of the system so we keep messages and alerts relevant. 

The relevance of alerts is controlled by users through the selection of specific schemes on the system; Neighbourhood watch is one popular choice but there are also groups for Community Speed Watch, Youth Clubs and Groups, Church Watch, Horse Watch, Farm Watch and many others. All can be selected or deselected as required and all have the ability for you to feed intelligence to crime prevention partners. 

It should be emphasised that Community Messaging is not a way of reporting crimes – always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency situation. 

Community Messaging doesn’t replace the social media activity that the force uses to reach out to communities but works alongside it to make sure that messages are received in a timely way. With changes to the algorithms that the leading social media platforms use to distribute information you are possibly seeing far fewer of the posts issued than you did five years ago. By signing up to Community Messaging you will be sure to receive the information directly.   

www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Vacancy – Joint Independent Audit Committee – Independent Member

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Can you help us?  Do you want to give something back to the community?

We want someone who will challenge the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable.

Allowance: £210 per meeting plus mileage
Commitment: Minimum of four meetings a year
Length of Appointment: One term of three years with option to serve a second term

This is a rare opportunity for a member of the public to join our Joint Independent Audit Committee.The Committee provides advice and independent assurance to the Commissioner and the Chief Constable according to good governance principles.  It is provided with briefings from the Commissioner, the Chief Constable and their teams. Members have an opportunity to hear about the varied and interesting work done by Wiltshire Police.  The Committee provides support and challenge to our joint Chief Finance Officer and sits alongside the internal audit process checking and testing what the Commissioner and the Chief Constable do.

We are looking for men and women who:
– have experience of scrutinising information
– can constructively challenge the Commissioner and the Chief Constable; and
– can be objective in evaluating information.

The PCC and Wiltshire Police are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all the communities we serve.  Auditing experience is not essential however a general knowledge of good business principles would be an advantage.

The recruitment pack is available on the Commissioner’s website

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 26 October 2018
Shortlisting will take place Tuesday 30 October 2018
Interviews will be held Wednesday 7 November 2018

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Wiltshire Policing Precept 2018/19 Consultation, Jan 2018

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I wanted to inform you about the launch of my consultation on the policing precept for 2018/19. I would be grateful if you could share this and make residents aware of opportunities for consultation. The details are set out below or you can access a video of me outlining the proposals at https://youtu.be/lsKkPmUd1Nc

The policing precept consultation which launches today (2/1/2018) is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed increase of £12 a year.

Currently the average band D household contributes £14.19 per month to local policing, but if residents back the proposal then this would rise to £15.19 per month.

As a Force, Wiltshire Police has seen the second highest increase in demand across the country in the last year yet the funding we receive from central government doesn’t recognise the increasing pressures our service is under.

In fact we receive the fourth lowest funding per head of population in England and Wales.

Since 2010, Wiltshire Police has received £19 million less but have been responding to more crimes and supporting more members of the public year on year.

Whilst we live in an incredibly safe county, there’s only so far the budget will stretch and we’re streamlining our services to ensure they’re as efficient as possible at the same time as keeping the public safe, but we are feeling the squeeze more than ever. Without this increase Wiltshire Police will have to look at further reductions in officers and staff to close a budget gap of around £3m.

That’s why I am asking whether residents in Wiltshire and Swindon would be prepared to pay an extra £1 a month to help bridge this gap.

This increase will mean that I can protect frontline services from further reductions and maintain the current level of service.

The consultation which runs from 2nd January 2018 to midday 31st January 2018 wants to hear your views on the proposed increase. 

For more information on how to share your views please visit www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk, you can also email pcc@wiltshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or use #AskAngusPCC on social media.

With best wishes for 2018,

Angus Macpherson MBE

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust – Home Security & Stay Safe Online Schemes

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The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is an Independent charity who work closely with Wiltshire Police to provide an invaluable home security service.  The Trust has been operating this scheme for the past 20yrs helping to secure homes for the elderly, vulnerable & disadvantaged throughout Wiltshire.

Responding to the changing needs of the community the Trust has launched a new scheme to offer advice on keeping safe whilst online. Through raising awareness about computer fraud and what to do if you have concerns about your online safety the Trust aims to help reduce the risk of this type of crime.

If your are aged over 60, or 18+ registered disabled & have concerns about your Online Safety you can request a home visit or to arrange a group talk.

To enquire about a Home Security check for your home Call01380 861155

Or Emailbobbyvan@wiltshire.police.uk

For all enquiries regarding the Stay Safe Online Scheme Call: 01380 861191

Or Emailbvonlinesafety@wiltshire.police.uk

Or complete the online form by visiting www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk

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Op Aztec – National Firearms Surrender, 13th-26th November 2017

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Hand in your unwanted or illegal firearms to a designated police station this November.  You will not face prosecution at the point of surrendering a firearm and you can do this anonymously.

Op Aztec

NFU Against Hare Coursing

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Good afternoon,

The National Farmers Union here in Wiltshire is working with the police to try and reduce the incidence of hare coursing across the county. As you may know, this activity (where dogs are released to chase and kill wild hare for the purpose of betting) is illegal and alongside the environmental crime involves trespass, criminal damage and threatening/intimidating behaviour to farmers and landowners.

As part of our wider work with the police, we have produced signs for our farmers to place around their property to raise awareness with the general public that this activity is illegal, and seek their support in reporting incidents or suspicious activity to the police.

In order to help spread awareness, we would like to ask if Wiltshire Parishes would be happy to print and put up the attached PDF on the local Parish News Board – would you be able to do this for us?

I have attached a colour and black and white version as well as a full colour depending on your preference.

We hope that a greater awareness amongst the public, coupled with more visible signage to the perpetrators, will help demonstrate that Wiltshire will not tolerate this crime and encourage coursers to go elsewhere.

You can find out more about the impacts of hare coursing and other rural crime issues in our latest report here: https://www.nfuonline.com/news/press-centre/press-releases/nfu-report-lays-bare-true-costs-of-rural-crime/ or via this video, shot with Wiltshire farmers online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6tpJqlZiIk

Many thanks for your time and support – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

Andi Witcombe

NFU County Adviser for Wiltshire

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