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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

None.

3.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on 30 April 2018 were approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Minutes:

None.

5.

SERVICE PRIORITIES 2018/19 - COMMUNITY SAFETY PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Alistair Macorkindale, Head of Community Safety, introduced the report and gave a brief summary.

 

Mr Macorkindale explained that the Local Authority was required by statute to work in partnership on Community Safety issues – in Waltham Forest the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) was called SafetyNet and its Executive Board met quarterly to discuss and agree local priorities.

 

Waltham Forest was currently in the second year of a two-year action plan set by SafetyNet. The four priorities set out were:

 

·         Tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG)

·         Preventing violent extremism

·         Reducing youth crime and gang violence

·         Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB)

These four areas have a budget attached to them and multi-agency work programmes behind them that each report to SafetyNet.

 

Mr Macorkindale then outlined the key challenges that were being faced by Community Safety. One significant challenge described was the restructuring of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) that was due to go live in October 2018. He stated that the police had not yet provided a clear plan and there were a number of known unknowns. It was expected that there would be a clearer response at the September 2018 SafetyNet Board meeting.

 

The second significant challenge outlined by Mr Macorkindale was the rate of increase in youth violence and crime in London, and the fact that Waltham Forest had one of the highest levels of concern amongst its residents about such crime.  This had been discussed at a London Mayor event that had taken place earlier on that day, along with the importance of preventative work surrounding the issue.

Mr Macorkindale went on to discuss the changes in gang demographics and how the drug market was central to the increase in violence the Borough had been seeing. Where tensions used to be more commonly related to inter-gang/ inter-territory issues, which could be eased through mediation, the violence was now within gangs due to tensions in drug market, making it more volatile. He further stated that there was a need to know the local drug market better to be able to effectively think about how best to reduce the harm. When asked about what had fuelled this shift in gang activity, Mr Macorkindale stated that it is predominantly a financial issue and referenced the "Postcodes to Profit” report.  He described how as a society we need to understand that there are often two things linked to violence; deprivation and inequality and that greater inequality could lead to greater chance of violence.

 

Another challenge outlined was the fact that, traditionally, many services work in silos, but some vulnerable young people will require many of these services and therefore there was a need to join up and ensure that issues are not dealt with independently of each other. Potential drivers, connections and causes need to be examined within a broader view, for example links between violence in the home and violence in the community.

 

Mr Macorkindale discussed lack of resources as another issue and described how the Council were looking at working with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

FORWARD PLANNING 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Andrew Spragg, Scrutiny Officer, introduced the item and explained the forward planning and themed review process to the committee. Mr Spragg explained how the previous committee recommended that the themed review be focussed on a public health approach to violence.

 

The Chair asked Mr Spragg to circulate the details for the committee to look at in more depth. The Chair also mentioned a focus on grooming girls into gangs, its causes and implications.

 

There was discussion about various aspects of work the committee would like to work on going forward, including the gentrification of the Borough, mental health, views from the elderly population and domestic violence.

 

The Chair thanked everyone for their input.

 

Decision:

 

That the Chair and Scrutiny Officer prepare a forward plan considering the following possible items:

 

·         Implementation of North East London borough-based command unit, including

o   How success is measured

o   Structures

o   Impacts for the borough and community safety

·         Responding to the Gangs Report, including grooming

·         Prevent response

·         Youth engagement around community safety

·         Improving confidence in the police and resident perception of community safety

·         How changing demographics impact on social inclusion for young people

·         Understanding and responding to the borough’s drug market

·         Targeted work around individuals and families to reduce violence

·         Borough of Culture

·         Exclusion (young people exclusion and vulnerability)

·         Domestic Violence

·         Connecting Communities/Life Chances

The Committee agreed the following actions:

 

·         That the Borough Commander is invited to attend for a standing committee item on policing matters

·         That officers circulate the budget distribution for Community Safety priorities

·         That officers circulate the links to the MOPAC Dashboard.