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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 27th November, 2014
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Derrick Brown(Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Phillip Dennis, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Mohammed Javed
Officers:
Beccy Brown(RES), Steven Hume(Community Safety Manager), Jenna McDonald, Peter Mennear(LDS)
In Attendance:
Marc Anderson(Cleveland Police)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Miss Tina Large, Cllr David Wilburn
Item Description Decision
Public
HCS
31/14
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
HCS
32/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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33/14
DRAFT MINUTES - 16TH OCTOBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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34/14
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 18TH SEPTEMBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
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35/14
MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the progress updates be agreed.
HCS
36/14
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING
AGREED that the information be noted.
HCS
37/14
WELFARE REFORM UPDATE

AGREED that:

1. The contents of the report be noted, and information be provided.

2. Members noted the Quarter two performance monitoring outcomes and observations.
HCS
38/14
CLEVELAND POLICE AND CRIME PANEL WORK PROGRAMME UPDATE
AGREED that the information be noted.
HCS
39/14
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
HCS
40/14
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
HCS
31/14
The evacuation procedure was noted.
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32/14
There were no declarations of interest.
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33/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 16th October 2014.
HCS
34/14
The minutes of the meeting held on 18th September 2014 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
HCS
35/14
Head of Human Resources and Communications attended the meeting to provide Members with an update on previously agreed recommendations from the Tobacco Control Review.

The Committee received an update on the provision of smoking cessation services offered to Stockton Borough Council Employees during work time.

The following points were highlighted:

- Not all SBC employees had the flexibility to attend smoking cessation services during work time particularly those working in front line services

- Issues which prevented some members of staff from attending smoking cessation services during work time included shift patterns and level of resource

- Following on from the discussions, HR Officers met with the Trade Union Liaison Forum. It was decided that SBC would make the smoking cessation service available during work hours to those employees that had the flexibility to attend.

- It was highlighted that in those service areas where the smoking cessation service could not be offered during work hours, Public Health were to meet with Heads of Service to discuss alternative arrangements for those who wished to access the service
HCS
36/14
Members were provided with an update on the Scrutiny Review of Neighbourhood Policing from the Community Safety Manager an Inspector from Cleveland Police. Key achievements and emerging issues were highlighted together as follows:

The Committee heard that as a result of the Crime and Disorder Audit 2013 the following key priorities were identified by 5,488 respondents:

- Anti-Social Behaviour(ASB)
- Violent crime and Robbery
- Drug related offending
- Criminal damage
- Alcohol related crime and ASB
- Domestic Abuse

- The Community Safety Manager informed the Committee that the Community Safety and Security Team worked effectively with Cleveland Police. It was highlighted that Partnership work was extremely beneficial as it created a shared responsibility to highlight issues and provide support

- The Community Safety and Security Service had a wide range of services in place including; ASB, Neighbourhood Enforcement, Civil Enforcement, CCTV and Security, Prevention and support, Performance and analysis and more.

- ASB Officers tried to attend Resident Groups and also linked in with Neighbourhood Police Teams. It was highlighted that ASB Officers had the authority to issue AS13's to those involved in ASB

- The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team were now providing a 24 hour, 7 day service across the Borough. Members heard that the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team dealt with issues such as Fly Tipping, Parking and Littering and worked closely with the Police and the ASB Team

- 400 crimes were detected by CCTV during 2013-14

- There had been no crimes in monitored car parks in the Borough in 2013/14 as a result of positive partnership work

- With regards to prevention and support, counselling, mediation and victim and family support services were in place in aim of dealing with problems before reaching crisis point, and 4 Members of staff within the Community Safety Team were trained specifically in Crime Prevention

- Community Safety Officers visited schools across the Borough in order to educate children on the impacts of Crime and Disorder

- The Community Safety Team were keen for an increase in ASB service requests coming direct to the Community Safety service and a decrease in ASB service requests with the Police. Members were informed of 'Don't Suffer in Silence' which was a promotion of the ASB hotline and support services

- Joint Action Group's (JAGs - Chaired by the local Police Inspector) and Problem Solving Group's (PSGs - Chaired by the Community Safety Manager) took place on a monthly basis. It was highlighted that as a first resort, issues were discussed at the JAG and it was only if the problem became worse, they would then be discussed at the PSG

- The Committee were informed that the current picture regarding ASB stated that there was an anticipated 4.6% increase at the end of the financial year

- It was noted that the Civil Injunction power was delayed until January 2015 to allow for amendments to Legal Aid Legislation and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders would continue until further notice

Members of the Committee raised the following points/questions:

- Members agreed that it was pleasing to see PCSO's attending residents meetings

- The Committee expressed concerns regarding problems relating to private landlords and ASB. It was highlighted that the Stockton Pledge was a piece of work being developed which informed private landlords of standards and expectations. Members heard that the Police had the authority to close down a property for up to 48 hours as a result of ASB and breach of contract, it was noted that Cleveland Police were the first to use this closure power and work was on-going.

- Members asked whether Tristar Homes ASB figures were included in the report and heard that the figures included all reports made or informed to the Community Safety Team. The Community Safety Team had a service level agreement with Tristar

- Questions were raised relating to under reporting and non-reporting of crime and disorder in Cleveland. The Inspector from Cleveland Police informed the Committee that Cleveland Police were governed by the National Crime Recording standards to ensure that the force are complying as appropriate

- Members noted that the full extent of issues such as cyber-crime may not be picked up by the local statistics

The Acting Chief Inspector provided more detail on the operation of Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Stockton.

- As a result of the restructure, Police staff had reduced from over 1700 to just over 1300, it was highlighted that while resources were low, demand remained high

- Close working with Community Safety Teams, and Youth Services, in relation to ASB and early intervention was often successful in diverting young people from more serious offences

There were 3 inspectors across the Borough in localities, and one leading the volume crime team that covered the full Borough. The Inspectors for each area were named as Inspector Birkett (Thornaby), A/Inspector Cross (Stockton) and A/Inspector Stoddart (Billingham/Norton)

The Neighbourhood Police Team worked to achieve their key Policing priorities of Protecting People, Protecting Property and tackling serious and organised crime. To support the work to protect people from harm, there were a number of partnership meetings which took place in Stockton-On-Tees to review issues including:

- Top 10 Domestic abuse meeting
- Child Sexual Exploitation - one group at the Practice level and another at the Strategic level
- Hate Crime meeting chaired by Neighbourhood Inspector
- Violence tactical meeting
- ASB and Criminal damage meeting (Chaired by the Chief Inspector)
- Joint Action Groups chaired by Neighbourhood Inspector where repeat callers from both the council and Police are identified from ASB and criminal damage calls.

A/Chief Inspector Anderson also went on to talk about other roles the Neighbourhood teams conducted such as identifying and updating community impact assessments, POPS (problem orientated policing) where documents are maintained to cover partnership work around repeat victims.

A/Chief Inspector Anderson informed the group/panel that Stockton Neighbourhood Teams currently have responsibility for three organised crime groups where officers conduct work around these.


The Volume Crime Team take lead responsibility in investigating such offences as burglaries, vehicle crime and certain serious assaults. The Prevention and detection of theft and criminal damage was discussed daily.

Officers attended Shopwatch meetings and community meetings including ward level meetings when possible. It was noted that increasingly officers may be asked to attend events outside of their allocated neighbourhood area due to demands and ongoing prioritise.

- Members heard that Cleveland Police morning tasking meetings took place daily and involved close working relationships used to share information and communicate effectively. These meetings had representation from Neighbourhood Enforcement.

- The Committee noted that at the time of the meeting, Stockton-On-Tees was projecting a reduction in crime. It was heard that a reduction of 7.3% had been recorded had been recorded at the time of the meeting for the financial year to date which would result in a 2.3% reduction end of year projection. ASB was also currently showing a 2.8% reduction for FYTD but projected increase at year end of 4%. It was highlighted that some areas including Stockton Town Centre were challenging and were having additional resources directed it. Other ward areas showing increase were Mandale and Victoria and Norton North. However A/Chief Inspector Anderson went on to explain partnership work taking place and gave examples of youth interaction in Norton North with youth club opening on Friday and Saturday night and joint patrols targeting known locations and visits to ASB perpetrators.

Members asked whether it would have been possible to re-introduce quarterly meetings with Ward Councillors, Cleveland Police and the Community Safety Team. This would be investigated.

Members queried the public satisfaction feedback. It was reported that Stockton Police had 80% satisfied with the police action taken, 97% for ease of contact and 91% for treatment by the police. Advised this information came from victim satisfaction survey where telephone surveys had taken place involving over 1500 victims of crime from August 2013 to September 2014.
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37/14
Members were presented with a report which provided an update on Quarter 2 monitoring of the outcomes/impact of Welfare Reform including emerging issues.

Members requested further information on the reasons behind the reported increase in failure of starter tenancies at Tristar.
HCS
38/14
Members gave consideration to the work programme.
HCS
39/14
Members gave consideration to the work programme.
HCS
40/14
The Chair provided no update.

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