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July 2023

Commissioner's warning over controlling and coercive behaviour 

THOSE who engage in “insidious” controlling or coercive behaviour in their relationships could face up to five years in prison, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner has warned.  

Speaking out during Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, Lisa Townsend said acts like controlling a partner’s finances, isolating them from their friends and family or threatening and intimidating them are criminal offences.

Reducing violence against women and girls is a key priority in Lisa’s Police and Crime Plan. Her office provides funding for local services that support survivors of abuse, that included securing £2m this spring to establish a dedicated Domestic Abuse Hub with partners in Surrey. 

Lisa said: “Those who engage in controlling or coercive behaviours are more likely to go on to commit further abusive offences, that escalate in regularity and seriousness with time.

“It may begin with something that seems small, but will build to a pattern of abuse designed to make a victim dependant on their partner.

“I would encourage anyone who recognises the signs of coercive or controlling behaviour to speak to police or contact the dedicated domestic abuse services in Surrey. Our officers will always take these reports with the utmost seriousness.”

Access confidential advice and support from Surrey’s specialist domestic abuse services by contacting the Your Sanctuary helpline on 01483 776822 (9am-9pm every day), at yoursanctuary.org.uk or using the Healthy Surrey website.

"It really does take someone special"

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson has joined three Surrey Police Special Constables on patrol to mark Volunteers' Week, which took place in June.

Special Constables volunteer within one of the Force’s frontline teams, wearing a uniform and carrying the same powers and responsibilities as regular officers. 

Ellie said: “The title ‘Special Constable’ is very fitting – it really does take someone special to do this job."

Find out more about becoming a special for Surrey Police at surrey.police.uk/careers

Brand new Premier League youth football scheme kicks off in Surrey thanks to funding from Commissioner's offfice

The Chelsea FC Foundation has brought flagship initiative Premier League Kicks to the county for the first time, after receiving funding from the Commissioner's Children and Young People Fund.

The scheme - that uses the power of football to draw young people away from crime - supports people aged between eight and 18 from disadvantaged backgrounds. It already operates at 700 venues across the UK, engaging with more than 175,000 young people between 2019 and 2022.

Local authorities in areas where the programme is delivered have reported significant reductions in anti-social behaviour.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson said: “I believe Premier League Kicks has the power to change the lives of young people in our county.

“It makes me so proud to see this fantastic initiative begin in Surrey."
Coming up...
July 03-09 - Anti-social behaviour awareness week
July 07 - Commissioner's online surgery

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July 13 - Deputy Commissioner attending the Police Bravery Awards

July 18 - Surrey Youth Commission's 'Big Conversation' Conference

July 28-30 - Jalsa Salana gathering of Amadiyya Muslims in Alton

Two-digit number 'could save 999 caller's lives'

A two-digit number can help save victims of crime, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Lisa Townsend has urged those who are unable to speak while calling 999 to use the Silent Solution to inform police of a genuine emergency.

The protocol allows people calling the emergency services to soundlessly press 55, alerting call handlers that they’re in trouble without speech.

Police may not be dispatched if a caller who has dialled 999 remains silent, although Surrey Police will always phone back when there is no communication.

Lisa said: “It’s crucial for us to raise awareness of the 55 service.

“When 55 is dialled, the call handler will know someone may be in real danger, and will do their utmost to understand the situation."

Do you know someone who has gone over and above to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Surrey?
Alongside the ASB & Community Harm Reduction Partnership in Surrey and CrimeStoppers in Surrey and Sussex, we will be hosting the 'Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Awards' at Loseley Park this September.

Nominate someone from where you live by 17 July:
Training for Legally Qualified Chairs to build confidence in policing
Ensuring that misconduct hearings are carried out fairly, professionally and transparently is part of our work in maintaining public trust in policing. 
That’s why Commissioner’s from Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Thames Valley and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight came together this month to provide a series of training sessions for all of the Legally Qualified Chairs and Independent Members who take part in hearings across the South-East.
Appointed by Commissioners, they act as an independent body that helps to improve public confidence in the police complaints system, including ensuring that any police officers who fall short of the Standards of Professional Behaviour are held to account.
The training featured expert input from a leading barrister, addressed topics such as Abuse of Process, Hearsay Evidence and the Equality Act, and included updates from the Home Office, the College of Policing, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, and the National Police Chiefs Council.
Commissioner’s team ‘Hike the Hill’ for key service supporting young homeless people
We joined organisers and young people from the Amber Foundation this month, as they hiked to the highest point in Surrey to help raise funds to support young homeless people.
A number of PCC staff, including the Deputy Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson, were among those who completed the 10km route at Leith Hill.
Amber transform the lives of young people by providing them with temporary accommodation and support to help them get their lives back on track.
Our office provides funding for three beds at their centre near Ockley through our dedicated Reducing Reoffending Fund and the aim of the hike was to raise money to help towards paying for another bed space.
It’s not too late to donate – you can support Amber using this link.
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