Number: D0100 Date Published: 22 July 2020 Version 3 – July 2020
1.0 Summary of Changes
This policy has undergone its 2-year review. The below changes have been made:
All references to “Plan on a Page” have been removed and replaced with “Force Plan”;
Equality Impact Assessment has been added;
New paragraphs added within section 7 regarding data security and retention and disposal of records;
Owner and author details updated.
2.0 What this Policy is About
This policy explains how Essex Police will deploy its officers to increase visibility and provide an efficient service to the public whilst ensuring that officer safety remains paramount.
This policy is aimed predominantly at uniformed police officers, Special Constables and PCSOs whose duties involve responding to incidents and high-visibility patrols, although it can be applied to those in non-uniform roles such as CID officers.
The aim of this policy is to mitigate Threat and Harm to persons and property by ensuring an appropriate response to the likely risk. This will be done in accordance with the “Plan on a Page”, the principles of the national decision-making model and THRIVE.
This policy should be read in conjunction with D 0101 Procedure - Effective Crewing.
Compliance with this policy and any linked procedures is mandatory.
3.0 Statement of Policy
A local Supervisor, normally the first line supervisor, shall at the time of the start of the duty, deploy officers in single or multi-units whether vehicle, cycle or foot patrol by risk assessing the known or possible incidents the officers under his supervision are likely to attend on that duty. Incidents that involve violence (or likely to involve violence) and complexity should be attended by multi-crewed units. The supervisor will use continual risk assessment throughout his duty changing the composition of the units accordingly if appropriate.
The general principle is that officers will patrol as a single unit unless a risk assessment indicates this is not appropriate. This is to ensure that the available resource potential is effectively and efficiently maximised. It will also provide greater levels of visibility, confidence and reassurance to the public in line with the “Force Plan”. This policy will enable Local Policing Teams to meet the grade of service in relation to responding to emergency and priority incidents.
The policy should be applied to all forms of deployment including the crewing of police vehicles, foot and cycle patrol. This will not apply to specialist units as detailed in D 0101 Procedure – Effective Crewing. The creation and application of this policy will expand our patrol and response capabilities whilst simultaneously adhering to the requirements detailed in the “Force Plan”. It will also greatly assist in the aim of keeping STORM ‘open lists’ to a minimum and ensuring that the force meets the grade of service in relation to responding to incidents.
This policy will allow for success in the following areas:
Always ensuring the customer has fair access to our services at a time that is reasonable and suitable to them;
Ensuring the police are visible at times when they will be most effective and when they are needed most;
Deploying to emergencies and non-emergency incidents giving an estimated time of arrival, getting there safely and as quickly as possible in accordance with our response policy.
4.0 Implications of the Policy
4.1 Finance / Staffing / Training / Other
It is not anticipated that there will be any financial implications arising from this policy.
No additional training will be required to implement this policy. As the basis of the policy focuses on how to best deploy available staff, there is no requirement for additional staff. Supervisors and managers will be responsible for ensuring their staff are aware of and abide by this policy.
4.2 Risk Assessment(s)
Any areas of risk associated with activity by police officers or police staff is fully explained within D 0101 Procedure - Effective Crewing.
4.3 Equality Impact Assessment
EIA – July 2020
The following have been consulted during the formulation of this document:
Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator
Health & Safety
Strategic Change Team
Enquiries were made with a number of other forces as to their current safe crewing policies
The College of Policing and Home Office were also consulted.
6.0 Monitoring and Review
This policy will be monitored by the Head of Contact Management to ensure that it remains accurate and fit for purpose. This policy will be reviewed by, or on behalf of the Head of Contact Management, every 2 years.
7.0 Related Force policies or related procedures
D 0101 Procedure – Effective Crewing
7.1 Data Security
Essex Police have measures in place to protect the security of your data in accordance with our Information Management Policy – W 1000 Policy – Information Management.
7.2 Retention & Disposal of Records
Essex Police will hold data in accordance with our Records Review, Retention & Disposal Policy – W 1012 Procedure/SOP - Records Review, Retention and Disposal.
We will only hold data for as long as necessary for the purposes for which we collected. Victims/public should be reminded that Essex Police take the protection of personal data seriously as described in the privacy notice.
8.0 Other source documents, e.g. legislation, Authorised Professional Practice (APP), partnership agreements (if applicable)