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1.

WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS & GUIDELINES

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Reverent Maria Holden and Katy Smith to their first meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Board. 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Shabana Dhedhi, Martine Foley and James Phillips.

3.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and signed as a correct record, subject to the names of the YIAG representatives being added to the list of Board Members present. 

4.

YIAG REPORT

Minutes:

Representatives from the YIAG provided an update on the work they had undertaken since the last Safer Neighbourhoods Board on 30 August 2018. The update is appended to these minutes.

 

A representative from the YIAG asked representatives from the Metropolitan Police to provide possible dates to attend police patrols as they had been on hold for some time.

 

The Chair asked for further details of the online design work that the YIAG had been undertaking.  A representative from the YIAG explained that young people in crises would not have time to find the appropriate phone number to ask for help and said that young people find most things easier via a phone application.  Ms Brueseke went on to explain that the London Borough of Waltham Forest was a pilot borough for the ‘Is it ok’ initiative which involved two workshops: one on the initial idea and another where they discussed what the application might look like. 

 

Ms DaCosta referred to National anti-bullying week and asked whether the peer workshops had been delivered to primary schools as well as secondary schools and pupil referral units.  Ms Brueseke confirmed that the workshops had been delivered to primary and secondary schools. 

 

Mr Dundon asked whether the YIAG had insurance cover for their activities.  Ms Brueseke said that she was unsure and would check with her colleagues at the London Borough of Southwark.  She added that the YIAG were considered Council employees, so were likely covered by the Council. 

5.

POLICE REPORT

Minutes:

Basic Command Unit

 

In response to questions from the Board in relation to the Basic Command Unit (BCU), Detective Chief Superintendent Tucker confirmed that the BCU Unit had been live for 5 weeks and response times had improved in both London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Newham.  He added that the transition of moving officers had gone very well and 24 hour policing had been maintained. 

 

DCS Tucker explained that there was a budget for 1,158 officers and that they were exceeding that number by approximately 30 officers.   He said that services had been aligned to ensure that there was 999 responsibilities 24 hours a day. 

 

DCS Tucker explained that the new BCU model allowed him to have more officers, particularly in areas known to be a hotspot for crime, such as St. James’ Street however, he confirmed that making people safe was the challenge for his officers.  He stated that there were a number of young men living a particular lifestyle and stated that measures needed to be put in place to help them lead productive lives. 

 

DCS Tucker stated that the BCU had faced excessive violence which took on a tit for tat nature in terms of gang violence.  He said that his officers were getting on top of the situation however confirmed that there was a need to think strategically about where the Police want to be in 5 years.  DCS Tucker went on to say that violent crime had decreased and that he was confident that it would continue to do so.  He referred to the importance of Police officers being confident in the community supporting them. 

 

DCS Tucker said that as a response to the increased violence in the borough there had been an increase in Section 60s and stop and searches. 

 

Ms Wheate stated that one problem was that PCs were not doing the same hours as their superiors.  She said that some officers were not happy and that, when police officers attended the SNB, there was a delay in getting answers to the Board’s questions as officers in attendance at the Board needed to consult senior officers to be able to provide answers. DCS Tucker stated that his goal was to make his boroughs a centre of excellence for policing.  He said that there was a lack of confidence in policing and that he wanted to change this.  He added that many police officers did not feel confident in answering questions from the public of SNTs and that he wanted to find a way to empower his officers so that they felt confident to answer questions and to be leaders in the community.  DCS Tucker went on to explain that there was now one sergeant to 10 PCs due to budget cuts and that the sergeant would not be available in the ward at all times.  He confirmed that the expected all his officers to be able to respond to queries from the community, however explained that the confidence of his officers had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

IMPLEMENTING OUR RESPONSE TO THE LSBU GANGS REVIEW (PRESENTATION)

Minutes:

Alistair Macorkindale, Head of Community Safety, provided a presentation to the Board, the slides of which are­­­­­ appended to these minutes. 

 

A representative from the YIAG referred to the intention to provide support to the vulnerable and pointed out that young people are often in a good position to identify vulnerable young people.  The representative then noted that the hotspots for crime were also the busiest areas in the borough.  Mr Macorkindale stated that if an area was busy then there were natural guardians present as well as surveillance.  He pointed out that drug deals often took place in busy areas to mask the activity.

 

Councillor Te Velde referred to the statistics in the ‘public perceptions’ slide and asked what age group the figures were based on.  She said that if young people were not included then they should be targeted. Mr Macorkindale confirmed that the statistics had been collected from the Police and Public Attitudes survey which was for adults.    

 

Ms DaCosta pointed out that some of the gangs had moved from the area, but many returned.  She added that the new station had just provided a new area for people to sit and drink alcohol.  Mr Macorkindale stated that residents had brought this issue up at a recent community meeting and said that many residents had sought assistance from Social Care organisations or the Police. 

 

Mr Dundon said that it would take time to reverse the situation and said that a global approach was needed.  He also gave the view that redevelopment of the High Street would help improve the situation.

7.

PROJECT FUNDING UPDATE

Minutes:

The Chair confirmed that MOPAC has accepted the Board’s recommendations in relation to project funding applications.  The Chair confirmed that at the next meeting there would be update on individual projects. 

8.

SAFETYNET FORWARD PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Minutes:

The Board noted that the priority focus report being considered at the SafetyNet meeting on 4 March 2019 would be ‘Anti-Social Behaviour’.  The Chair asked that it be presented to the Board at its next meeting.   

9.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note the date of the next meeting – 25 February 2018

Minutes:

The Board noted the date of the next meeting – 25 February 2019.