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Corporate Plan 2021-2022

Chief Constable Nick Dean introduction

Policing is complex, yet fundamentally our job has not changed over many decades -to uphold the Queen’s peace and to prevent and detect crime set against a philosophy of policing by consent -which is admired right across the world.

Of course, modern day policing is challenging, and at a time when the demands and pressures placed upon the service are increasing, it is vital we are clear on our operational and organisational priorities. Equally as important is ‘how’ we do things, our internal culture and values, both as individuals and as an organisation.

Cambridgeshire is a hugely diverse county, not only set against a backdrop of socio-economic inequalities, but the county’s demographics span a wide range of cultures, languages and customs. The University of Cambridge alone attracts 20,000 students from 150 countries. In addition, the county is growing with an estimated population expansion of 25% by 2031.

With this in mind, it is important to remember that concerns remain over perceived inequality and disproportionality of police actions, ever more so as highlighted through events such as the death of George Floyd in the USA, Black Lives Matter protests and the response to Covid-19.Our internal culture and how we as a service prepare and respond to such events goes to the heart of building the trust and confidence of communities, which should be at the centre of what matters here in Cambridgeshire.

We need to continually challenge ourselves and build an organisation that is not afraid to ask difficult questions surrounding any disproportionality in stop search, criminal justice outcomes or arrests for example. Nor should we shy away from difficult internal conversations on how we treat each other; striving to achieve a workforce that truly represents the communities we serve is a priority.

That is why this year’s corporate plan extends beyond outlining our operational and organisational priorities and our values,and includes our Statement of Intent covering ethics, diversity, equality and inclusion.

I want Cambridgeshire Constabulary to provide an excellent service; a Constabulary where we all deliver an inclusive and professional policing service, working alongside our partners and importantly our communities. Preventing crime has to be one of our overarching objectives, however, when someone calls upon us in their time of greatest need, we need to ensure we respond professionally and in accordance with our values and statement of intent.

I am proud to be the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary and I know I have fantastic people working hard for communities right across the county and beyond. This corporate plan sets out our focus for the forthcoming year to ensure we provide the highest degree of policing services possible.

Mission, vision and values

Operational Priorities:

Operational Priorities
 Our priorities  Our focus  Our aims
We will safeguard the vulnerable

Domestic abuse

Child sexual abuse and exploitation

Modern slavery and human trafficking

Fraud (repeat victims and emerging trends)

Serious sex offences

We will reduce the risk to victims by working in partnership to intervene early to prevent it from occurring, continuing or escalating

Prevent people becoming offenders and reduce victimisation by challenging the attitudes and behaviours which foster it

Have an effective assessment mechanism and threshold to identify manage and mitigate the risk to vulnerable victims across the county

Ensure perpetrators are appropriately pursued and challenged

We will combat acquisitive crime Organised acquisitive crime          


Pursue prolific offenders engaged in acquisitive crime

Prevent offending by working with local partnerships

Bring offenders to justice by conducting professional, efficient and effective investigations

We will work in partnership to protect communities and build resilience to acquisitive crime

We will reduce harm to communities High harm offenders

Street-based knife crime

County lines (or groups demonstrating county line methodology)


Fully engage our diverse communities to understand need, assess threats and use evidence-based means to identify high harm offenders, victims and locations

Take a structured problem-orientated approach to crime and ASB, focusing on prevention and early intervention; notably with vulnerable children and young people

Identify and address the causes of crime and ASB, working with partners and the community to seek to build and sustain community resilience

We will tackle serious and organised crime Serious and organised crime with particular focus on groups involved in:
  • firearms
  • drugs
  • exploitation
Work in partnershipto target and disrupt the highest harm serious and organised criminals and networks

Identify and prevent those at risk, from engaging in serious and organised crime

Protect vulnerable people, communities and business against serious and organised crime

We will seek to recover illegally held firearms, drugs and criminal assets

We will increase public satisfaction, responding appropriately and improving communication with victims and witnesses as a priority Improving public confidence

Maintaining call handling times

The timeliness of our initial response

Improving communication with victims and witnesses

Improving visibility and accessibility of policing services

Provide a professional, appropriate and timely response to calls for service, with appropriate risk based use of resource to effectively meet demand

Provide appropriate contact channels to engage with the public and do so in a professional and timely manner

Provide a high standard of professional and compassionate care, in particular to victims and witnesses, and those who are vulnerable

Organisational Priorities

Organisational Priorities
Our priorities are: Our focus is:We will: 
  • attracting, retaining and rewarding our staff
  • identifying and developing leadership
  • developing and supporting our people
  • ensuring our efforts to improve equality, diversity, ethics and inclusion are central to our values
  • supporting staff wellbeing
Develop our workforce

Build trust and confidence in our communities

Sustain and enhance public approval by working within communities to deliver trust and confidence

  • criminal Justice partners
  • local Resilience Forum partners
  • community Safety Partnerships
  • police alliances
  • academic partners and the College of Policing
Develop and strengthen our existing partnerships

Work with partners to explore long term sustainable solutions to future demand

Develop supportive partnership approaches to problem solving and identify opportunities to reduce harm

  • corporate services, including corporate development
  • the development of an environmental strategy
  • finance and value for money
  • estates and fleet
  • ICT services and digital policing
Use our resources efficiently and effectively to ensure value for money

Manage resources to invest in priority areas and integrate new technologies to improve policing

Develop our understanding of how policing activities impact the environment and take steps to embed environmental considerations into decision making

  • Improving investigation standards
  • Improving data quality
  • Identifying and exploiting opportunities to improve operational and non-operational police functions
  • recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, by identifying opportunities to work differently
Encourage innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to service design

Establish a business planning approach to support identification of innovative solutions

Identify areas where improvements can be made to the efficiency or effectiveness of investigations by working with our workforce and partners



Working together to deliver an inclusive and professional policing service.

Our values are:

  • fairness
  • integrity
  • diligence
  • impartiality

We will:

  • treat people fairly by acting with equality, objectivity and legitimacy
  • always do the right thing and are honest, truthful and reliable
  • be diligent in our duties and responsibilities and are conscientious, persistent and attentive
  • be impartial, not discriminating unlawfully or unfairly, but are independent, open-minded and balanced


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