As long ago as 1998 key preconditions were identified for successful crime prevention and these conditions remain relevant today:
- Commitment to crime prevention from senior officers, including ACPO
- Adequate resources to service dedicated crime prevention efforts
- An explicit emphasis on crime prevention by BCU Commanders
- Systems that hold all officers accountable for crime prevention
- Incentive to encourage crime prevention work
- An officer with specific responsibility for developing and implementing crime prevention strategy
- Crime prevention accorded status of an expert profession for some specialists
- Education and training
- Integration of detective and prevention functions in local crime management.
Whilst there is a trend of crime reduction in Wiltshire and a clear commitment to crime prevention at ACPO level, including the appointment of a Crime Prevention department led by a Superintendent, there is still some way to go in translating that commitment into actions with significant, sustainable outcomes for victims and communities.
The priority of the Superintendent Crime Prevention is to develop and implement a crime prevention strategy.
The Crime Prevention Department exists to ‘work in partnership to prevent or minimise the harm caused by acts of crime and anti-social behaviour’. Whilst ACPO are working towards an agreed definition and a national, consistent approach to terminology advice and training, Wiltshire Police have developed an overarching Police Crime Prevention Strategy which provides a framework for each strand of criminality and are also working with partners to develop joint strategies to achieve a variety of shared community safety goals.