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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 Wendy Baah and Amy Farquar.

 

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.

Minutes:

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

4.

ACTION LOG pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

The Group agreed that:

 

·         the first two items on the action tracker, allocated to Inspector Kane, were marked as ‘complete’.

·         new action was added to the action tracker detailing that Richard Graham from the Metropolitan Police was to provide a presentation on the mapping of gangs.

·         the status on the last action on the action tracker, in relation to footage from body worn cameras, is marked as ‘ongoing’.

5.

YIAG PRESENTATION pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Minutes:

Representatives of the YIAG provided an update on the work undertaken since the last Stop and Search Group meeting on 25 July 2018.  The update is appended to these minutes. 

                                                           

6.

BODY WORN CAMERAS (BWC) FEEDBACK

Minutes:

A representative from the YIAG explained that Ms Brueseke and a number of YIAG representatives viewed body worn camera footage on 17 September 2018.  She said that most of the footage was drug-related and that there were no real positive outcomes as a result of the searches and confirmed that the searches from which they viewed footage were conducted in a professional manner.  Ms Brueseke agreed and added that there was good interaction between Police officers and those being searched as officers put them at ease and explained the reasons for the search. 

 

Another YIAG representative confirmed that he had viewed body worn camera footage on 9 October, as did the Chair.  He confirmed that they viewed 6 pieces of footage and all were drug-related with the exception of one which concerned driving under the influence.  The Chair confirmed that the stops were conducted well by police officers and pointed out that one officer in particular had explained that the stop and search was being filmed.  She did, however, express concerns that with one case a person was arrested by an officer that did not have his body worn camera on.  Acting Inspector Smith stated that she had looked into that particular case and was now able to confirm that the officer concerned did have his body worn camera on and the clip has now been provided.  The Chair also expressed concerns that in one stop and search that was viewed a female was allowed to sit in the Police van but she should have been searched first.  Acting Inspector Smith confirmed that she had passed the clip onto superiors and said that it would be a learning experience for the officer concerned.

 

Acting Inspector Smith stated that she would provide potential dates for future viewings in the months of November and December 2018.  She confirmed that those how viewed body worn camera footage needed to be at least 18 years of age. 

7.

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS FROM STOP AND SEARCH GROUP TO METROPOLITAN POLICE pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Minutes:

The following sets out questions formulated by the Stop and Search Monitoring Group (as published in the agenda pack) and the Metropolitan Police’s responses.  It also includes any supplementary questions and responses. 

 

1.    Stop and Search Data - We have considered the online statistics for the London Borough of Waltham Forest over the last 6 months. Most trends appear constant with the exception of April and May 2018 where we have a spike in stops with a higher proportion of weapons stops but positive outcomes were down and disproportionality during that period was up. Can you please let us know what the strategy was behind this change of approach and any benefits that were realised/negative effects?

 

Response

 

Superintendent Waheed Khan confirmed that on 2 April 2018 a 16 year old female was shot and killed and another girl was stabbed on Markhouse Road.  He stated that these incidents had raised concerns around gang activity.  He added that in the E11 area a number of weapons had been recovered which also was a cause for concern. 

 

Superintendent Khan then explained that the Metropolitan Police had become aware of the emergence of ‘drill videos’ which he described as videos that glamorise gang activity and which were known to antagonise other gangs.  He stated that such videos often put down other gangs and consequently spark incidents.  He also referred to a recent funeral of a gang member which could heighten gang tension.  He added that gang members being released from prison in that period could help account for the increased positive outcomes. 

 

Superintendent Khan explained that April and May 2018 were particularly challenging months for the Metropolitan Police and explained that they didn’t rely solely on stop and search to try and combat the issue as there were other tactics that the Police employed. 

 

The Chair referred to the aforementioned murder on Markhouse Road and said that, to her knowledge, the victim was not involved in any gang activity and asked what intelligence the Metropolitan Police held that indicated the contrary.  Superintendent Khan provided assurances that when the Metropolitan Police mentioned gangs, they ensured that they held evidence to substantiate that claim.  He did, however, explain that the Police had no control over the media.

 

Ms Brueseke asked why there were more stop and searches yet less positive outcomes in April and May 2018.  Superintendent Khan stated that he did have concerns over the way that some police officers conducted stop and searches and whether they had grounds for such searches.   

 

Mr Philip Dundon, Member of the Safer Neighbourhood Board, referred to the fact that there were a number of visiting officers to assist during that period.  Superintendent Khan confirmed that other resources could come into force if required, such as the Violent Crime Task Force, particularly if there was intelligence that indicated that additional resources might be necessary.  He did however state that regardless of whether the officer conducting stop and searches were visiting or not, that every officer should be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

FUTURE MEETING DATES

The Group will be asked to note the forthcoming meetings of the Stop and Search Monitoring Group for 2018/19, which are as follows:

 

28 January 2019

1 April 2019

Minutes:

The Group noted the forthcoming meetings of the Stop and Search Monitoring Group for 2018/19, which were as follows:

 

28 January 2019

1 April 2019

9.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Minutes:

None.