Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday 24th March 2015 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

To receive notification of any declarations of pecuniary and/or conflict of interest from Members.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest from Members of the Panel.

2.

Questions and Deputations

To answer questions and hear deputations, if any, asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.

Minutes:

There were no questions or deputations in accordance with Standing Orders.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive for information only and where applicable, the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2015, was submitted for approval.

 

RESOLVED 

 

That the Minutes be agreed as a correct record. There were no matters arising.

4.

Community Integration - Dealing with Specific Crime Types pdf icon PDF 603 KB

The Panel will review the strategies that the Partnership has in place to tackle specific crime types that adversely affect community integration, such as the local challenges posed by hate crime and discrimination towards certain sectors of the community.

Minutes:

In attendance: Sgt Tim Evans (West Midlands Police).

 

The Panel considered a report that enabled them to review the strategies that the Partnership had in place to tackle specific crime types that adversely affected community integration, such as the local challenges posed by hate crime and discrimination towards certain sectors of the community.

 

In summary, the Panel made the following observations as part of their deliberations:

 

  Reviewed and supported the strategies that the Partnership had in place to tackle specific crime types that adversely affected community integration; particularly the local challenges posed by hate crime and other discrimination towards certain sectors of the community. Several examples of how those strategies and reactive/proactive interventions worked in practice to build community reassurance. All were welcomed by the Panel.

  Welcomed the current review of “third party reporting centres” to ensure that such provision was sited and resourced correctly to best serve the Borough’s communities and to encourage the reporting of crime. The Panel would wish to be notified of the outcomes and recommendations of that review once completed.

  Requested further information to be notified to them regarding the percentage of recorded hate crime (80% of the totality) as opposed to other discriminatory crime types (20% of the totality) that adversely affected community integration. Such information would allow the Panel to identify any matters of concern attributed to discriminatory crime types, other than race hate crime, that may need to be reviewed or monitored in 2015/16.

  Encouraged the Partnership to continue to develop and publicise, at every opportunity, initiatives to encourage the reporting of all discriminatory crime types. The Panel also acknowledged the value of early intervention strategies, particularly through education and other key services.

  Supported West Midlands Police in their approach that “a local resolution” may, in certain cases, bring about more positive outcomes than formal prosecution where a discriminatory crime type had been committed.

  Requested to be notified of the Partnership plan to tackle hate crime once published to enable the key aims relating to community integration to be considered.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the above recommendations be reported to the Safer Solihull Local Police & Crime Board on 26th March 2015.

5.

Presentation - Force Contact Overview pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Panel will review the local use and effectiveness of the Police 101 number that is used to report some crime types and other issues that do not require an immediate emergency 999 responses.

 

The Panel will review local performance and identify if any improvements should be considered to this aspect of Police customer service.

Minutes:

In attendance: Chief Inspector A Platt (West Midlands Police).

 

The Panel received a presentation which provided information on the local use and effectiveness of the Police 101 number that was used to report some crime types and other issues that did not require immediate emergency 999 responses. The Panel also considered local performance to identify any improvements that should be considered to that aspect of Police customer service.

 

In summary, the Panel made the following observations as part of their deliberations:

 

  Acknowledged that, at Force level, there were no matters of concern evident for Solihull with regard to Force contact performance. The proportion of external demand calls which resulted in resourcing by Solihull LPU was 30% (average per month). Work was ongoing to reduce demand on the LPU and this was acknowledged.

  Despite the former decision to restructure the non-emergency call handing to a central control hub, “Solihull knowledge” had not been lost and sufficient local knowledge was still being maintained by call handlers. This was welcomed by the Panel, as was the reported higher level of call handler supervision and training.

  Acknowledged that the non-emergency 101 number was now firmly embedded as a method of Police contact and was becoming more and more publically accepted.

  Supported the ongoing development of new, modern methods of contact to the Police by the general public. The Panel considered that this was especially important due to the Force-wide decision to reduce the number of Police Station front desks. It was highlighted by the Panel that it should be as easy as possible for the general public to either contact their local Police teams, or to report a crime. The Panel requested that further information be considered in 2015/16 to demonstrate that all available methods for Solihull’s residents to contact the Police (or to report crimes) were not only highly effective, but a best use of available (Police and Partnership) resources.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the above recommendations be reported to the Safer Solihull Local Police & Crime Board on 26th March 2015.

6.

Safer Solihull Performance Scorecard 2014/15 - Verbal Update -Year End Progress

To consider the Safer Solihull Performance Scorecard 2014/15 – direction of travel towards “year end”.

Minutes:

In attendance: Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety Manager – Solihull MBC).

 

The Panel considered a verbal report that set out a summary of the Safer Solihull Performance Scorecard for the anticipated year-end.

 

In summary, the Panel made the following observations as part of their deliberations:

 

  Acknowledged that, working towards the year-end position, 2014/15 had been a successful year for the Safer Solihull Partnership.

  Noted that there had been a slight increase in the crime type: Public Place Violence, during 2014/15 and requested that a full evaluation of that increase be considered by the Panel at its first meeting of 2015/16 to ensure that Partnership interventions and policing profiles were robust (to support economic growth and the night-time economy).

  Reaffirmed their previous recommendations that Business Crime should be reported in separate categories, particularly bilking. This would allow for a clearer appraisal of all specific crime types that currently fell within that category.

  Noted that there had only been 5 occurrences of the ASB Community Trigger since new legislation took effect. The Panel requested to be notified throughout 2015/16 of the ongoing effects of the new legislation and the number of Community Trigger’s received during the coming year; specifically how those requests affected the use of Partnership resources.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)  That the above recommendations be reported to the Cabinet Member for Community and Partnerships; and

(ii)  That the 2014/15 end of year performance report be considered by the Panel at their first meeting of 2015/16.

7.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Minutes:

The Panel received and considered its Work Plan and was invited to consider any items to carry forward to 2015/16. In summary, the Panel made the following observations as part of their deliberations:

 

  ASB Community Trigger – use of, and effect on Partnership resources.

  Public Place Violence – review of Partnership interventions and policing profiles to support economic growth/night time economy.

  Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services Contract – review of the performance in relation to the number of people entering treatment as performance had been reported as declining in 2014.

  Reoffending Contract – review of the ministry of justice transforming rehabilitation programme and its implementation throughout 2015 and beyond.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Work Plan items as detailed in the preamble above be carried forward to the 2015/16 Work Plan.

8.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That, in pursuance of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and the Public be now excluded from the meeting for the remainder of the business to be transacted, on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of exempt information in terms of paragraph 3 of Part 9 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.

9.

Draft Solihull Local Police & Crime Plan 2015/16

Ahead of its publication, the Panel will consider and the draft Solihull Local Police & Crime Plan 2015/16.