Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent. View directions

Items
No. Item

7.

Apologies

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Senja Compton and Cllr David Hurley attended as her substitute.

8.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

9.

Community Safety Strategic Priorities 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

The Strategic Manager (Community Safety Unit) introduced the report which described the way in which the Strategic Assessment is undertaken which, along with input from community forums and resident’s panels, identifies the strategic priorities for the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) for the following year.

 

The Committee was concerned about the effect the cuts in the police budget would have on the delivery of the CSP’s priorities.

 

The police were currently going through the change process and the new structure would be effective as of 16 November 2011.  It was the intention that due to savings in back office functions and partnership working with other police authorities, including Essex, that there would be no reduction in neighbourhood policing.  PCSO’s were funded nationally so all the time the funding continued the number of PCSOs in the borough would be maintained.

 

The Strategic Manager (Community Safety Unit) added that with the reduction in the funding of the CSP it, and the agencies it works with, would have to work smarter, more creatively and innovatively to deliver the work programme in the future.  The Strategic priorities of the CSP will be tailored to meet the available resources to ensure that they can be delivered effectively.

 

Members asked about the quality of the data used in the Strategic assessment.  The data is collated by Kent County Council and is much more detailed than it was.  In the past the assessment had been over reliant on broad general information but now there is more specific data on the six top wards in each district and analysis by the police.  However, it would be helpful if the data could be broken down to below ward level.

 

Resolved that the report be noted

10.

Mid-year Achievements - Community Safety Strategy 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Minutes:

The Strategic Manager (Community Safety Unit) introduced the report which set out the progress made against the six CSP priorities for the first quarter of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.  The report summarised some of the key work that had already taken place and that planned for the remainder of the year.  The Committee discussed a number of the initiatives including restorative justice, dispersal areas and how individuals are encouraged to reports incidents of domestic abuse.  Members welcomed the overall reduction in the recorded levels of crime shown in the report.

 

            Resolved that the report be noted.

 

Note:   Cllr Webb spoke with the leave of the Chair on this item.

11.

Kent Probation Service - Overview pdf icon PDF 264 KB

Minutes:

The Committee were given a presentation on the workings of the Probation Service.  The core functions of the Service were:-

 

·         pre-sentence reports;

·         assessment and management of the risk posed by the offender;

·         work with offenders and victims of crime.

 

The Community Payback Manager would welcome any requests from the Council for work to be carried out in the Borough by those serving community sentences.

12.

Work Programme

Minutes:

As part of the Committee’s work programme it was agreed that a series of four reviews into re?offending would be undertaken in the context of the Probation Service, the Police, offenders and victims.

 

The reviews would be carried out by small groups of Councillors and the Chair asked for a Councillor to take the lead of each of the reviews.

 

  • Cllr Halpin would take the lead on the review looking at re-offending from an offenders perspective;
  • Cllr Averibou would lead the review looking at re-offending through the Probation Service;
  •  Nominations for Councillors to lead on the other two reviews were to be confirmed.