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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:

Apologies for absence were received from Chief Inspector Jason Clugston and Detective Constable James Bartrum.

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

4.

YIAG REPORT

Minutes:

Representatives from the YIAG provided an update on the work undertaken since the last Stop and Search Group meeting on 15 January 2018.  The update is appended to these minutes.

 

Jane Brueseke, Youth Engagement and Participation Manager, confirmed that she had a meeting with the Regional Director for Police Conduct, who had explained that there were a number of targets he had to meet and confirmed that there were various groups/organisations that he was intending to engage with.  He said that YIAG was second on his list and stated that he was impressed with the work of the YIAG and wanted to meet with them. 

ADDENDUM TO MINUTE ITEM 4 pdf icon PDF 239 KB

5.

POLICE PRESENTATION AND DATA

Minutes:

Inspector Kevin Kane provided an overview of stop and searches which had taken place in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  He confirmed that Section 60 notices had been used within the borough a number of times in the last two weeks and said that the notice was a blanket authorisation across the borough.  He explained that when Section 60 was in operation, Waltham Forest Police Services would receive additional resources to assist with the situation.  Inspector Kane explained that there were more resources available at weekends and gave the example of 21 additional police officers patrolling the borough.

 

Inspector Kane referred to the Violent Crime Task Force that had been set up and would come into operation on 16 April 2018.  He explained that the Task Force had been implemented to focus on violent crime within the borough. 

 

The Chair enquired as to how many knives had been recovered as a result of stop and searches in the borough. Inspector Kane confirmed that knives had been recovered but he did not have the exact figures to hand.  The Chair expressed concerns that there had been numerous incidents of violent crime in the borough and that Section 60 notices were not resulting in weapons being collected by the Police.  The Chair then asked where the Police’s intelligence of potential crimes, that justified Section 60 searches, came from.  Inspector Kane explained that a large amount of information came from various avenues of social media, however stated that information was also received from other sources, including members of the public contacting the Police and intention indicators.  He added that Section 60 searches needed to be fully justified and approved by the Superintendent.  The Chair stated that Section 60s needed to be publicised more widely so that people knew they were in operation.  She added that it was also important that Police Officers undertaking stop and searches made it clear to people why they were being stopped.

 

The Chair gave the view that schools were not doing enough to help combat the escalating violence in the borough.  She referred to the importance of schools engaging with the Police on knife arches and explained that primary schools should be engaged as well as secondary schools as children were being groomed by gangs before they started secondary school.  The Chair stated that this was not a Police problem and said that it would be beneficial for a representative from a school to attend a future meeting of the Stop and Search Group. Mr Dundon stated that a lot of work had been undertaken on this issue over the last decade.

 

Inspector Kane explained that violence had become more serious and explained that young people often would loiter around schools which could escalate issues of violence.  He confirmed that the Metropolitan Police were keen for knife arches to be installed and were actively trying to persuade schools to install them.  He added that schools were generally reluctant to install knife arches as it gave the impression  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

ACTION LOG pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Minutes:

Ms Brueseke confirmed to the Group that the press release on Knife and Violent Crime Prevention Group was not released so would not be available to share.

 

Ms Brueseke also clarified that ‘Walthamstow Girls Riots’ on the Action Log, should be detailed as ‘Walthamstow Riots’.  She confirmed that the outcome of the project had been circulated to the Group.

 

It was confirmed Ms Brueseke was still not receiving Section 60 notifications.  Inspector Kane confirmed that he would add her relevant details to the distribution list.

 

In relation to the final action on the Log, Inspector Kane confirmed that Inspector Alyn Crowley had looked into the issue and explained that if a stop and search was recorded as a Section 60 when a Section 60 notice was not in place then the issue would be picked up by the relevant supervisor.  He added that if he could have specifics from the person stopped then he could look into the matter further, but otherwise it would be difficult.   

7.

DATE OF NEXT MEEETING

Minutes:

The Group noted that the next Stop and Search Group meeting would take place on 11 July 2018 at 7pm.