Home Office circular 013 / 2004
Basic Command Unit (BCU) Fund 2004 - 2005
Broad subject: Crime and Disorder
Issue date: Fri Feb 27 00:00:00 GMT 2004
CRIME REDUCTION & COMMUNITY SAFETY GROUP Crime Reduction Programmes and Partnerships Unit
No Linked Circulars
Sub category: Crime Reduction
Implementation date: Thu Apr 01 00:00:00 BST 2004
For more info contact:
Wayne Jones 020 7035 5224
Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships/Community Safety Partnerships in Wales Drug Action Teams/Community Safety Partnerships in Wales Chief Officers of Police (England and Wales) Clerk to the Police Authority Chief Executives of Local Authorities (England and Wales)
- For all references in this document to “CDRPs/DATs” read “Community Safety Partnerships” in Wales.
1. This circular provides guidance on Year 2 (2004/05) of the Basic Command Unit fund. It covers the fund’s outcomes and objectives and the allocation of funds to BCUs. The purpose is to allow BCUs to agree spending plans with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and commence activity by 1 April 2004.
2. Administrative guidance, including on technical and accounting issues,
is included at Appendix A to this circular. Grant conditions for the 3 years of the BCU Fund programme (2003-2006) are at Appendix B and individual BCU allocations are at Appendix C. This guidance will also set out the mechanisms for drawing down grant and monitoring arrangements.
3. The fund is provided to BCUs to:
4. The funding recognises the significant contribution that the police have made to the work of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships that were set up under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The intention is that the funding should help the police play a full and active role in the delivery of Partnerships’ strategies. Accordingly BCU fund activity will need to be fully aligned with Partnerships’ strategies and other funding streams including Neighbourhood Renewal.
5. **To facilitate this, BCU Commanders must agree their spending plans with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (or the new partnerships that will integrate the responsibilities of DATs and CDRPs). Copies of the plans should be sent to the Crime Reduction Team in the regional Government Office, and the National Assembly for Wales, by a date stipulated by the Regional Home Office Director, so that any new projects may be approved so as to commence by the start of the financial year or as soon as possible thereafter. **Equally, Government Offices would need to be consulted should any subsequent amendments to BCU plans be proposed in-year. **
6. Funding allocations are set out in the attached table at Annex C and are set at the same amounts as for Year 1 (2003-04). BCU Commanders can expect to receive at least the same again in Year 3 (2005-06) depending on performance, including spend.
7. BCU Commanders may spend the money on:
(a) Crime and Disorder interventions
8. The funding is not restricted to direct police activity and operations but may be used on a wide range of crime and disorder interventions including traget hardening activity focusing on repeat victims, tackling anti-social behaviour through interventions such as pub watch schemes, youth inclusion work including support programmes for young people and CCTV. The interventions might also include anti-drugs work.
9. The interventions funded will vary depending on Partnerships’ strategies, the outcomes identified and a structured analysis of the problems. Interventions should be based on a problem solving approach and a knowledge of what works in crime reduction. Interventions funded by the BCU fund should be part of a coherent strategy for delivering the Partnership’s strategy. The interventions should also be in line with police force area priorities.
(b) Partnership Capacity
10. The BCU fund is there to promote partnership working. As such the funding can be spent to improve Partnership capacity. The capacity requirements of each Partnership will differ depending on what is already in place and forthcoming demands including implementation of strategies. Examples of Partnership capacity that might be funded include programme and project management support staff, analytical support and training.
11. The BCU fund can be spent on capital or revenue items.
12. In considering priorities for spend, BCU Commanders should also take into account delivery at the local level of the four key policing priorities set out in the National Policing Plan 2004 - 2007:
Tackling anti-social behaviour and disorder.
Reducing volume, street, drugs related, violent and gun crime in line with local and national targets.
Combating serious and organised crime operating across force boundaries.
Increasing the number of offences brought to justice.
13. Basic Command Units’ boundaries change from time-to-time. Should this occur, BCU Commanders should contact the Crime Reduction Team in the Government Office for advice including on how the funding should be reallocated if that is necessary.
14. Further information can be obtained from Wayne Jones (email@example.com) on 020 7035 5224.
27 February 2004