Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday 2nd August 2016 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull

Contact: Democratic Services 

No. Item


Election of Chairman and Appointment of Vice-Chairman

Nomination for the election of Chairman and appointment of Vice-Chairman will be sought.


Nominations for the election of Chairman were sought.



That Councillor Mrs D Holl-Allen MBE be elected (uncontested) Chairman of the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel for 2016/17.


Nominations for the appointment of Vice-Chairman were sought.



That Councillor Mrs A Mackenzie be appointed (uncontested) Vice-Chairman of the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel for 2016/17.



Apologies and Substitutions

To receive notification of apologies and substitutions from Members.


Declarations of Interest

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


There were no declarations of interest made by Members of the Panel.



Questions and Deputations

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


There were no questions or deputations.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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


The minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2016 were submitted for approval.



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



Induction Paper - General Introduction to Crime and Disorder Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 78 KB

A briefing paper has been prepared to inform the Panel of their statutory role and responsibilities under The Police and Justice Act 2016.


In attendance: Joseph Bright (Solihull MBC, Resources Directorate)

A briefing paper was presented to the Panel to inform Members of their statutory role and responsibilities under The Police and Justice Act 2006. It was noted the focus of the Panel should be upon how the Responsible Authorities worked together, in particular, through the Safer Solihull Board. It was also emphasised the focus of Scrutiny activity, the Panel should focus on the strategic, cross-organisational work of the Partnership, rather than the operational activities of the individual Partners.



  The briefing paper was received and noted.



Meeting with Responsible Authority Representatives and Work Plan pdf icon PDF 67 KB

All responsible authority members of the Safer Solihull Partnership are invited to attend and discuss with the Panel the role of their organisations and how they contribute to Partnership priorities.


(A background paper from the NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is included, which sets out how they contribute to the protection of trafficked people).


Responsible authority members to be invited to comment upon the proposed work plan.

Additional documents:


In attendance: Jim Harte (Assistant Director, Stronger Communities – Solihull MBC), Kobina Hall (Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company), Rosie Luce (Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group), David Smithson (West Midlands Fire Service) and Chief Inspector Jack Hadley (West Midlands Police).


The Panel received introductory presentations from each Responsible Authority Member, where they set out their objectives to support the Safer Solihull Partnership’s priorities over the coming year. The points raised during the presentations included those detailed below. In addition, following the presentations, there was a short question and answer session.


David Smithson (West Midlands Fire Service):

·  The West Midlands Fire Service had adapted its service delivery model, in order to adjust to a significant reduction in funding, whilst also maintaining a 5 minute response time to emergencies.

·  In regards to prevention and early intervention, the Fire Service had looked to establish a strategic partnership with the NHS, through flagging up wider issues via their home visits. This included helping to prevent slips and trips, as well as identifying wider issues, such as mental health problems and alcohol abuse, where they looked to sign post residents to the relevant services and support.

Kobina Hall (Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company)

·  In May 2013, the Government announced its aim to transform the rehabilitation service. A National Probation Service was established, which focuses on higher risk offenders. The Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company (SWM CRC) was also created, which is owned by the RRP (Reducing Reoffending Partnership), a partnership of Ingeus, Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) and St Giles Trust, a registered charity. The SWM CRC focus was upon prolific offenders.

·  As part of the Government’s transformation of the rehabilitation service, all offenders released from custody were now required to receive statutory supervision and rehabilitation (previously, it was not a statutory requirement to provide such support to offenders in custody for less than 12 months).

·  There have been significant changes in Probation Services within Solihull – the probation office at the Magistrate’s Court had been closed. A new office had been opened at Chelmsley Wood Police Station, which enabled SWM CRC to maintain a presence within the Borough and also allowed collaborative work with the Police.

·  Following the introduction of a new software programme, the IT challenge the Probation Service faced within Solihull was considerable and they were looking to establish a stable IT platform. They were also facing staffing challenges, due to a national shortage in Probation Officers.

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley (West Midlands Police)

·  West Midlands Police were focusing on over 30 projects being developed under the WMP2020, which would radically overhaul the way the Police operate. With WMP2020 there was an emphasis upon structural, as well as cultural, change.

·  WMP2020 would look to change the way the public contacted the force, as well as how the Police responded, investigated and prevented re-offending.

·  As part of the change in culture, the Police Service was placing greater emphasis upon earlier intervention and prevention, where they were working in closer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.


Safer Solihull Performance pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Members to consider Safer Solihull – Performance for the Qtr 1 April to June 2016 and the final report for Qtr. 4 January to March 2016.



Chief Inspector Hadley presented the Safer Solihull Performance report for Quarter 1. He detailed how, in regards to total recorded crime, the Partnership had returned back to 1000 crimes per month, following an anticipated spike during the winter. The points the Chief Inspector highlighted included the following:


·  There had been further integration between the Police, Solihull Community Housing and the Neighbourhood Services teams to address cases of anti-social behaviour, with increased information sharing.

·  The Partnership had worked together to address the issue of off road biking, through Operation Kickstart. The Police had worked with Council Officers, to focus on incidences where off road bikers had caused damage to the parks and properties. The Chief Superintendent explained how there had been two days of partnership action to implement warrants and 20 bikes had been seized.

·  In regards to challenges, the Partnership was concerned there was a lack of education, training or employment placements for those know to the Youth Offending Team. As a consequence, the Partnership had agreed to jointly fund posts for Youth Promise Plus Officers.

The Chief Inspector also highlighted the following key crime statistics:


·  Burglary dwellings had reduced in Quarter 1, in line with seasonal trends.

·  Theft from motor vehicles had fallen since March 2016, normally a high risk month for this crime type in Solihull. The Chief Superintendent explained how the Police and its Partners focused on key locations for this crime across the Borough, which included large hotels, as well as the Airport site.

·  Public place violence with injury – this had been on an upward trend over the past two years; however, the rate recorded for Solihull was still the lowest of the West Midlands Local Authorities. The Chief Superintendent detailed how the Partnerships focus for this crime type was still Chelmsley Town, Smiths Wood and Solihull Town Centre.

In considering the report, Members queried whether there was evidence that, within recent months, members of ethnic minorities were at greater risk of crime. The Chief Inspector explained the evidence indicated there had been no incidents recorded which related to ‘Brexit’ and he emphasised they would continue to work with all local communities.



That the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel noted the performance outcomes of the Safer Solihull Local Police and Crime Board for Quarter 1 2016-2017.



Future Meeting Dates

The following possible meeting dates are proposed. Meetings to be held at 6pm, unless all Members agree an alternative earlier start time:

·  1st or 3rd November – quarter 2

·  7th or 13th February – quarter 3

·  17th or 19th April – quarter 4



The Panel agreed the following meeting dates for the rest of the municipal year (all meetings to start at 6pm):

1st November

9th February

17th April