Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Thursday 8th February 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull

Contact: Democratic Services 

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Declarations of Interest

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


None received.



Safer Solihull Overview of Domestic Homicide Reviews pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To enable the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel to review the partnerships obligations and their current approach in carrying out domestic homicide reviews.



In attendance: Alison McGrory (Solihull MBC - Assistant Director – Stronger Communities), Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety & Partnerships Manager - Managed Growth and Communities) and Caroline Murray (Solihull MBC - Domestic Abuse Coordinator).


As part of their 2017/18 Work Plan, the Panel had requested to review an appraisal of the Partnerships obligations and current approach to Domestic Homicide Reviews.

The Panel sought evidence that demonstrated that the Partnerships DHR’s had informed future learning and how the partnership organisations worked to prevent future deaths.


A copy of the Solihull Domestic Abuse Strategy 2016-2020 was circulated.

Officers outlined the following obligations and approach:


A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a multi-agency review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom they were related or with whom they were, or had been, in an intimate personal relationship, or a member of the same household as themselves.

Since 13 April 2011 there has been a statutory requirement for local areas to conduct a DHR following a domestic homicide that meets the above criteria.

To date, 2 males and 3 females have tragically died in circumstances which met the requirement for the Safer Solihull Board to initiate four reviews.

The review progress begins with notification from the Police of a homicide/s and the belief that the homicide/s meets the criteria for a DHR to be conducted. Statutory agencies are immediately notified of the death/s and asked to search their systems for knowledge of the victims and alleged perpetrator/s. If the persons are known to their agency’s they must secure their files and respond to the Community Safety Partnership (Safer Solihull) accordingly.

From the agency’s replies and this initial scanning the Chair of the Community Safety Partnership will consider the information received and determine whether or not a review must be conducted. The outcome of this decision is notified to the Home Office.

Should it be decided that a review must be conducted it is required to be completed within 6 months of the date of the decision to conduct the review, unless there is reason for a delay.

The review process must not adversely impact any criminal justice process and quite often DHRs are delayed until the criminal justice case is concluded. Liaison takes place with the Home Office over any delays in the process.

The review is conducted under the guide of an independent Chair and Author, supported by an expert panel of practitioners from a variety of relevant agencies such as the Police, Health, Probation and other Community Safety partners. It involves all agencies who knew either the perpetrator and/or victim producing Individual Management Reviews (IMRS).

The IMRs from each agency will look to determine what was known about the perpetrator and victim/s and seek to determine what if anything could have been done or should be done to inform learning and future best practice.

Each agency can formulate a set of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment Report pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To provide the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel with the opportunity to examine the findings from the Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment for 2017. 


To enable the Crime and Disorder Panel the opportunity to discuss the intended priorities for the partnership for 2018/21 to aid the drafting of the Safer Solihull 3 year community safety plan.



In attendance: Alison McGrory (Solihull MBC - Assistant Director – Stronger Communities), Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety & Partnerships Manager - Managed Growth and Communities), Harry Stanton (West Midlands Police - Partnership Intelligence Liaison Team) and Lydia Stoneman (West Midlands Police - Partnership Intelligence Liaison Team).


The Panel was provided with the opportunity to examine the findings from the Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment for 2017, and consider the intended priorities for the Partnership for 2018/21.


Outcomes and recommendations would be considered by the Safer Solihull Partnership at their meeting on 22nd February 2018 to help shape their 3 Year Community Safety Plan.




Colleagues from the Partnership Intelligence Liaison Team outline that during each year, the Safer Solihull Partnership had a statutory requirement under the Crime and Disorder Regulations 2007 to prepare a Strategic Assessment. Currently, the Partnership had four strategic priorities:


·  Better protecting people from harm.

·  Bringing offenders to justice and tackle re-offending.

·  Supporting stronger communities.

·  Making our neighbourhoods safer places.


During 2017, the partnership acknowledged that the level of Total Recorded Crime had been less controlled in this last 12 months with an average of 1273 crimes recorded per month compared to 1075 crimes recorded per month in the previous year. Although this was seen to be disappointing for Solihull, there had been a general increase in crime across the whole of the West Midlands Police force area and nationally.


The most prevalent crime types were Theft from Motor Vehicle, Theft from Shops and Stalls, Burglary and Actual Bodily Harm. Business Crime accounted for approximately one in five of recorded crime in Solihull.


In 2017, the Partnership continued to concentrate crime prevention efforts on a small number of higher-activity crime places. The 4 key locations were “hot spots” where overall crime and the associated societal demands and costs were higher than other areas. Crime in those areas had increased on the previous year and those areas remained areas with higher than average levels of crime and/or disorder than other areas of Solihull.


Officers reported that the recommendations to the Partnership were that the established four Strategic Priorities should continue into 2018/21, be subject to annual review and that the Partnership consider, in more detail, the following key themes:


·  Anti-Social Behaviour - (youth related ASB, dangerous motorbikes, neighbour disputes, aggressive begging).

·  Harm – road safety – (Killed or seriously injured – road traffic collisions).

·  Hidden harm – (Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Abuse, Modern Slavery/Human Trafficking, Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation).

·  Serious acquisitive crime – (Vehicle crime, burglary, robbery – personal).

·  Substance misuse – (Cannabis use, alcohol related ASB, alcohol related PPV, psychoactive substance use, heroin use).

·  Violent crimes – (gang violence, gun crime, knife crime, youth violence, rape & sexual assault).

·  Cyber/Hidden Crimes – (Sextortion, revenge porn, identity theft/fraud/phishing, malicious communications internet, online grooming).

·  Stronger Communities – (racial religious intolerance, other cultural intolerance).

·  Environmental – (unauthorised encampments).

·  Terrorism – (Terrorist attacks).


Discussion Points


·  In noting the four strategic priorities, the Panel was of the view that their  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Safer Solihull - Outcomes and Interventions pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To provide the Crime and Disorder scrutiny panel with a sample of partnership interventions and to be appraised of their outcomes.


In attendance: Alison McGrory (Solihull MBC - Assistant Director – Stronger Communities), Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety & Partnerships Manager - Managed Growth and Communities) and Peter Barker (Community Safety Officer - Managed Growth and Communities).


As part of their 2017/18 Work Plan, the Panel had requested to review an appraisal of the Partnerships interventions and outcomes; particularly where they had brought about successful sanctions and prosecutions.


Officers presented a number of examples of organised activities that the partnership had carried out to tackle crime and improve community safety:


Partnership Operations

The Partnership instigated operation Daytona to review the volume crime that was occurring in the borough.

The operation outlined the geographical summary of where the crime was occurring and enabled a weekly crime meeting to be held to inform the deployment of resources and patrol activity of the Solihull police teams, Force Response and Force Support.

The tactical plans centred around four key pillars of; offender management, investigation, patrol activity (deterrence and intelligence gathering) and communications (internal and external). The top 5 crime types were theft (shops & stores), theft from motor vehicle, burglary residential, theft of motor vehicle, s.20/47 assault.

In addition to Operation Daytona, Operation Trenor focused largely on incidents of burglary. It outlined tasks for both police and partners in hotspot areas. The Hotspot areas were identified by 3 year crime data (Partnership Tasking) overlaid with current crime trends.

The WMNow service was promoted encouraging sign up from community representatives and timer switches were distributed to hot spot areas. The police provided cocooning around every offence in hotspot areas with properties either side and opposite being delivered crime reduction advice and literature from Partnership department. ‘A’ Frames with crime prevention messages were place within hotspot areas giving burglary crime reduction advice.



Domestic Abuse

Tackling domestic abuse remained a priority for the partnership in 2017. Specialist support for victims continued to work at full capacity. Access to initial information and advice and support to victims assessed as high risk was prioritised, but the demand for casework was heavily outweighing the capacity.

Monitoring of the service demonstrated that specialist support delivers good outcomes for victims.

The Multi agency risk assessment conferencing (MARAC) administration was jointly commissioned with Coventry and the role was functioning fully with additional support from the Domestic abuse coordinator.

Reported level of domestic abuse to West Midlands Police in Solihull saw an increase. This was seen as a positive because it meant that more victims of domestic abuse accessed support services.


Anti-Social behaviour

The Anti-social behaviour service provided by Solihull Community Housing (SCH) included tackling anti-social behaviour: Investigating and finding resolutions for cross tenure ASB in the borough including the identification of vulnerable victims and victim support, prevention and early intervention including mediation and restorative justice solutions and enforcement action against offenders using the tools and powers from various legislation.

The team continued with partnership working to prevent and reduce crime and its impacts: including police vetting to level 2 for all officers to enable them to work  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Presentation - Performance Update


In attendance: Alison McGrory (Solihull MBC - Assistant Director – Stronger Communities), Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety & Partnerships Manager - Managed Growth and Communities) and Peter Barker (Community Safety Officer - Managed Growth and Communities).


At their last meeting, the Panel considered an overview of the Safer Solihull Quarterly Performance Update for Quarter 3 which covered the period October to December 2017.


That report highlighted that, for year to date, total recorded crime, vehicle crime, burglary, robbery, theft from shops and stalls and public place violence had seen an increase.


In view of the concerns highlighted previously by the Panel, the Community Safety Officer presented the current performance data for recorded crime during January 2018, to give Members the most up-to-date information as possible.


Additionally, the update also detailed and number of significant recent arrests for stolen vehicles as well as burglary and highlighted the immediate crime profiles which were being targeted by the Partnership.


Discussion Points


·  The Panel welcomed the current update.


That, subject to the preamble above, the Panel made the following UNANIMOUS RECOMMENDATIONS to the Safer Solihull Partnership and the Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities & Partnerships:


The Panel note the update and reaffirm its recommendations from its 23 January 2018 meeting:


(i)  That further evaluation is urgently required to understand the shift in the pattern and frequency of offending across some areas of Solihull;

(ii)  The Police and the wider Partnership should continue to reinforce positive communications about detection and arrests to help rebuild confidence amongst the borough’s communities; and

(iii)  That the reporting format for the end of year performance results should be presented in such a way so as to enable Ward data to be compared easily.



Date of Next Meeting


The Panel agreed that the next meeting should be held on 18 April 2018 rather than 29 March 2018.