Wiltshire PCC

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner - News Updates

21st September 2022

Parish Magazine September column – PCC Philip Wilkinson

I’ve now been ‘in the job’ of PCC for a year, and if there is one thing that’s been made abundantly clear to me, it’s that your confidence in policing is not where I want it to be.

Whilst there are clearly some exceptional individual officers, overall, there have been gaps in the service you receive. In the past year, I have made practical steps to address them, such as the purchasing of effective technology such as drones and ensuring more officers are deployed to the rural crime team.

The damage done by crimes such as hare coursing, criminal damage and theft have a massive impact on the rural community and history shows that at times of recession, farms become targets.

I regularly speak to farmers and I’m all too aware of the reasons why you feel that reporting crime is not worthwhile. In my Police and Crime Plan, I’ve committed to ensure Wiltshire Police takes these crimes seriously and deals with them effectively.

This is why I’ve taken steps to ensure the rural crime team has the capabilities and staffing it needs.

As part of this commitment, Wiltshire Police has introduced online crime reporting specifically for rural crime. The form takes about ten minutes and is picked up by the same people who answer 101 calls.

It’s vital that to build up an overall picture and identify patterns of criminal activity, all crime is reported, no matter how small it may seem.

As this has only recently been introduced, I welcome your feedback about how the system is working. It’s only through working together that we can stop these crimes from happening and make Wiltshire a safer place to live and work.


Parish Magazine July column – PCC Philip Wilkinson

You will already be aware the police force watchdog HMICFRS has placed Wiltshire Police into ‘special measures’ as a result of its performance.
The Inspectorate’s report is a sobering read and is highly disappointing, as I know it will to our county’s residents. It’s especially disheartening because I know Wiltshire Police has many dedicated officers, staff and volunteers, working hard to deliver a quality, efficient, frontline service.

But this report makes it clear – there are areas of concern Wiltshire Police need to address: victims of crime, vulnerable people and our communities deserve better. You had told me this in volume when I was on your doorstep and the results of my countywide survey and consultation only confirmed this, as well as from local councillors and MPs, on the policing service they were getting.

It was fortunate those areas highlighted by the Inspectorate’s report had already been picked up as part of my own strategic assessments of the Force and it meant this shaped my Police and Crime Plan and influenced the robust and challenging scrutiny sessions I hold with the Chief Constable from the outset.

We now have a police and crime plan which ensures Wiltshire Police will meet and deliver those priorities influenced by you, focused on delivering a service the public want and prioritising those crimes that matter most to communities.
My role as PCC is to scrutinise the policing service provided, to challenge where I see performance issues and then support the Chief Constable and Force to implement change and improve in times like these.

8th July 2022

The necessary remedial measures needed to make the improvements highlighted in the report are already in progress and my immediate priority is to ensure that Wiltshire’s Chief Constable, and his senior leadership team, move with focus and speed, particularly in the Force’s response to the public and to vulnerable people and victims, in dramatically improving performance and the quality and effectiveness of investigations.

My aim, alongside the Chief Constable, is for Wiltshire Police to prioritise those crimes which matter most to communities so we can satisfy the Inspectorate but, more importantly, we can satisfy you as residents.

Working together, the Chief Constable and I have already agreed on a back-to-basics reset for the Force so I can assure you the process of change is already progressing.

I expect to see a tangible change in service delivery and the Chief Constable has reassured me the necessary changes are in place. I will be receiving regular progress reports from him, and his senior leadership team, to ensure those remedial actions are completed as soon as possible.

Thankfully many residents do not need to use our policing service frequently but when they do, the service they receive should be a quality, frontline, response. I will continue to ask for those assurances on behalf of Wiltshire’s residents and ensure Wiltshire Police is delivering on behalf of all of the communities it serves.

Become a police officer with Wiltshire Police

Applications to become a police officer in Wiltshire, are now open.

This is the final round of recruitment as part of the Government’s pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers nationally, and will see new officers in Wiltshire commence training from January 2023 onwards.

This is a great opportunity to join the Force. Police officer recruitment doesn’t come around that often so please spread the word among friends and family – we need the very best people for the job.

We are looking for resilient individuals whose first instinct is to help others. Those with a strong sense of community, who are calm under pressure, with a natural ability to communicate with people from all walks of life.

We’re particularly keen to hear from people who may not have considered a career in policing before and are from an underrepresented group, including women and ethnic minority communities.

If you want to make a difference and give back to your community this could be the job for you.

Along with fully funded accredited training the role offers:

  • Annual salary increments post probation
  • Great career progression
  • Ongoing training and personal development
  • To be part of a wider police family
  • Annual leave
  • Sick pay
  • Pension scheme

If you are interested in applying don’t delay, places for applications are limited.

To find out more about becoming a Wiltshire police officer, including the eligibility criteria, entry routes and how to apply, please visit the police officer page on the Careers section of the Wiltshire Police website.

27th April 2022

Police Officer Recruitement Open Now

PCC Philip Wilkinson Councillor update: New Police and Crime Plan launched

Since starting in this role, my mission has always been to make Wiltshire a safer place to live, work and visit.

Now is the time for Wiltshire Police, and my office, to go back-to-basics and deliver exactly what our residents want: a quality, frontline, policing service which tackles the crimes which matter most to them.

Making Wiltshire Safer sets out the direction for policing focus and priorities until 2025 as well as showing you the funding I receive and how it will be spent during my first term in office.

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From the start, I was determined my police and crime plan – and the strategic policing blueprint for Wiltshire Police – would be informed by Wiltshire and Swindon’s residents, to deliver a service that you told me is important and that you deserve. This is what has happened.

I consulted widely with the people of Wiltshire and Swindon via Use Your Voice and opportunities for you to download copies of the draft plan and participate in public discussions on social media.

I listened to our key stakeholders and partners using Focus Group sessions, and heard what the Chief Constable and colleagues within the Force telling me what needed to be included, during several internal meetings, before publishing my Police and Crime Plan – approved by Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Panel.

Our new police and crime plan is as closely aligned with your concerns and aspirations as possible and this has been balanced with advice from the Chief Constable as well as national policing strategies.

My finalised police and crime plan was supported at the latest meeting of Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime panel as the cross-party councillors unanimously ratified the document.

I’m pleased thousands of you took this opportunity with many councillors, MPs, charities and third sector organisations engaging on our community’s behalf.

I listened to our key stakeholders and partners using Focus Group sessions, heard the operational policing advice from the Chief Constable, as well as considering national policing priorities and threat, harm and risk assessments.

Our new police and crime plan is as closely aligned with your concerns and aspirations as possible – and this has been balanced with advice from the Chief Constable, as well as from those national priorities.

It is now time for us to work together to ensure our delivery is impactful and makes the difference we all want to see – a safer Wiltshire for all.

Making Wiltshire Safer can be downloaded from the PCC’s website: wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk

Or you can use the interactive version here: Making Wiltshire Safer – Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Plan 2022-2025 (office.com)

16th March 2022

Priority 1: A police service that meets the needs of its communities

I am prioritising:

  • Increasing public confidence, trust and our policing engagement with communities
  • Provide a quality of police service to all our communities
  • Giving the Police the right tools for the job

Priority 2: Reduce violence and serious harm

I am prioritising:

  • Violence reduction and domestic abuse
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Child abuse and Child Exploitation
  • County Lines and Serious Organised Crime and exploitation

Priority 3: Tackle crimes that matter most to local communities

I am prioritising:

  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Road safety
  • Rural crime and heritage crime
  • Fraud, cyber crime and hate crime

Priority 4: Improve the experience of victims and deliver justice

I am prioritising:

  • Victim care and support
  • Mental Health
  • The criminal justice system
  • Restorative Wiltshire
  • Reduce re-offending