IMPROVING public confidence, making neighbourhoods safer and tackling organised crime have all been earmarked as police priorities for the next three years.
South Yorkshire Police have outlined five top priorities in their Local Policing Plan for 2010-2013, with tackling crime of all levels and using resources more effectively also on the hitlist.
In the plan, which was presented to the county’s Police Authority on Friday, senior officers say that they will continue with neighbourhood-focused policing, tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and ensure they focus on what matters to residents.
The meeting was told that careful use of resources and savings had meant that the police authority had not needed to draw on its financial reserves in recent years but members were warned that public spending cuts were expected after 2011, which could impact on the grant issued for policing in South Yorkshire in future.
By next March, South Yorkshire Police aim to:
Cut theft and other serious acquisitive crime by five per cent.
Cut violent crime and knife crime by five per cent.
Increase the proportion of arrests made following reports of domestic violence to 80 per cent.
Cut criminal damage by five per cent.
Increase public satisfaction to 85 per cent (from the 2007/8 level of 79 per cent).
The police authority will officially launch the Local Policing Plan in June, with a draft copy available on the police authority (www.southyorks.gov.uk) and police service (www.southyorks.police.uk) websites next month.