Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. On a pro-rata basis, agreed in accordance with a Crimestoppers/ACPO SLA signed in 2005/06, the MPS pay 18.7% of the £2.1m National police contributions to Crimestoppers and receive 24% of all information. The £2.1m raised from the 43 National Police Forces via the 2005/6 ACPO agreement, covers the operating costs of the Crimestoppers Bureau (24/7 call handling - receipt, evaluation and dissemination of anonymous information).
1.2. In FY 2017/18 noting that PCC funding had remained flat for the previous 5 years, Crimestoppers reached the point where a small (7%) increase was necessary in order to maintain service delivery.
1.3. Crimestoppers are proposing a three (3) year agreement, which would be a flat cash settlement of £399k p.a. This will also represent protection against increased operating costs, which Crimestoppers estimate to be in region of 3 to 4% increases annually.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The proposed agreement to pay £399k p.a. is separate from an agreement for MOPAC to part-fund a Regional Manager post in Crimestoppers at a cost of £40k p.a. (decision PCD 387). This post provides the benefit of working with the police to develop activities and campaigns around priority crime areas that are central to the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan, such as serious youth violence.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. This is a fixed funding agreement which is sought to cover 2019-2022.
3.2. The fixed rate per annum which is being requested is £398,915.00. This represents a 7% increase over the previous contributions which had been in place since 2015/16.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is a contracting authority as defined in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the Regulations). All awards of public contracts for goods and/or services valued at £181,302 or above must be procured in accordance with the Regulations.
4.2. Paragraph 4.13 of the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent provides that the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) has delegated authority to approve all contract exemptions for £100,000 or above.
4.3. Full legal comments are contained within the Exempt section of this report.
5. GDPR and Data Privacy
5.1. The MPS is subject to the requirements and conditions placed on it as a 'State' body to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. Both legislative requirements place an obligation on the MPS to process personal data fairly and lawfully in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals.
5.2. Under Article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Section 57 of the DPA 2018, Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) become mandatory for organisations with technologies and processes that are likely to result in a high risk to the rights of the data subjects.
5.3. The Information Assurance and Information Rights units within MPS will be consulted at all stages to ensure the Crimestoppers agreement meets its compliance requirements.
5.4. Crimestoppers anonymise anyone who uses their service either via telephony or online. The project does not use personally identifiable data of members of the public, so there are no GDPR issues to be considered.
6. Equality Comments
6.1. No implications identified. Any person can contact Crimestoppers using their Freephone number (there will be a charge for calls from mobiles which will be determined by the network provider) or via their free, online service. It is entirely down to an individual whether they chose to contact the Police or Crimestoppers. The free service provided by Crimestoppers is available to all communities, regardless of an individual’s ‘protected characteristics’. The service provided by Crimestoppers is easily accessible and widely advertised. Crimestoppers is a well-established charity and is supported by Police Forces around the country and the Home Office.
7. Background/supporting papers