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Contact: Anthony Jackson, Democratic Services Officer  Email: anthony.jackson@walthamforest.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all attendees to the meeting and then asked for introductions. 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from James Bartrum.

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 9 October 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting, held on 15 January 2018, were approved as a correct record. 

4.

YIAG REPORT

Minutes:

Representatives from the YIAG provided an update on the work they had undertaken since the last Stop and Search Group meeting on 9 October 2017.  The update is appended to these minutes.

 

Ms Farquhar asked for further information on the work undertaken with the Trident engagement officer.  Ms Brueseke explained that members of the YIAG sat on the Knife and Violent Crime Protection Group which looked at incidents of violent crime across London.  She said that the group had been facilitated by the Metropolitan Police and was held at Scotland Yard however, it was an independent group.  Ms Brueseke then explained that the group was chaired by Stephen Lawrence’s father and were currently looking at community projects.  She said that the group was in its early stages.

 

In relation to the Knife and Violent Crime Prevention Group, the Chair pointed out that it was difficult to ascertain how to best reduce the number of people carrying knives.  She asked how long the Group would be funded for.  Ms Brueseke confirmed that the Group was voluntary and not funded.  She added that she would circulate a press release in relation to the Knife and Violent Crime Prevention Group to all members of the Group.

 

Verna Norton, Metropolitan Police, asked for more details on the YIAG’s patrol trips with the Police.  Ms Brueseke stated that the last group that had been out on patrol had not been asked to complete a feedback form, as was usually the case.   She confirmed that all YIAHG members were keen to attend patrols and found them interesting.  DC Roberts, Metropolitan Police explained that many of the officers who had undertaken the patrols had now moved to specialist roles.  He said that it was difficult to find and train the right people to undertake the role. 

  

 

5.

POLICE PRESENTATION AND DATA

Minutes:

DC Roberts provided an update on Stop and Search statistics, between 1 October and 31 December 2017, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, which included the following:

 

·         Total stops: 1137

·         Positive outcomes: 288

·         Offensive weapon/fire arms/points and blades: 39

·         Drugs: 189

·         Stolen property: 30

·         Others: 30

 

Mr Philip Dundon asked if anything was being done in relation to young people in McDonalds in Leytonstone purchasing a coffee and spending all day at the restaurant and causing public nuisance.  DC Roberts confirmed that relevant officers were making efforts to speak to the appropriate people.  Inspector Alyn Crawley added that the local Neighbourhood Team were aware of the situation and confirmed that young people loitered around the area due to the free Wi-fi provided by McDonalds. He stated that management at McDonalds had been spoken to about potentially turning off their wi-fi.  He also said that officers at the MPS were working with school and colleges to find a way of dealing with the issue. Ms Baah explained that a large number of children had been caught shoplifting at an Asda store.  She said that the headteacher made a decision not to allow any of the school’s children into the Asda.  She suggested writing to schools and parents to let them know there was an issue.  Inspector Crawley confirmed that they did get schools involved in such incidents and gave the view that young people listen to teachers more than they would a police officer.  He also confirmed that there was work undergoing to identify the school uniforms where pupils were causing problems and then speaking to the school about how to address the issue.  Ms Farquhar stated that the borough needed youth services and provisions so that young people had something to do rather than causing problems.  She stated that the Council was continually cutting services and said that she would like to see a report from the Council on the matter. 

 

Ms Brueseke referred to a project with the YIAG and Jason Hill following the Walthamstow girls’ riots.  She said that they did a lot of work, including auditing businesses that were affected by their behaviour.  She said that a range of different suggestions came up as a result of that work, including different ways of engaging young people.  She confirmed that a report was produced on the outcome, which she would share with the Group.  Ms Brueseke added that the outcome of the report was being used to inform research and to request funding.  A representative from the YIAG stated that a more holistic approach to the issue was required and pointed out that the YIAG were role models that young people listened too.  The representative said that the YIAG could be doing more on the issue.

 

Mr Herlihy stated there was likely to be some pressure in terms of licensing and restrictions on 24 hour premises such as McDonalds in Leytonstone.   He asked if the Metropolitan Police had any control over licensing or could impose restrictions.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

POLICE COMPLAINTS PROCESS EXPLAINED

Minutes:

It was confirmed that information on this item had not changed since it was last discussed at this Group on 9 October 2017.

7.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Minutes:

It was confirmed that the next Stop and Search Group meeting would take place on 11 April 2018 and that the meeting would be an AGM meeting. 

 

The Chair stated that it an educational expert was required for the meeting and stated that it was important to advertise positions on the Stop and Search correctly so that as many people as possible were aware. The chair stated that it would be beneficial if someone from education could attend and referred to the need to advertise Stop and Search meetings to the general public.

 

Mr Dundon suggested that forthcoming meetings were themed. 

 

Ms Brueseke suggested inviting Stella Creasy MP to a future meeting, or one of her case workers. 

 

Ms Farquhar asked if future meetings could consider an action log as part of the agenda pack.

8.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

9.

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