Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Thursday, 15th January, 2015
Time:
1.30pm
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
Officers:
Steven Hume(Community Safety Manager), Peter Mennear, Jenna McDonald(LDS)
In Attendance:
Geoff Lee (Chair, Safer Stockton Partnership)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr David Wilburn
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 16TH OCTOBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
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44/14
DRAFT MINUTES - 27TH NOVEMBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to one minor amendment.
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45/14
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING
AGREED that the information be noted.
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46/14
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
The Chair provided no update.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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43/14
The minutes of the meeting held on 16th October 2014 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
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44/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 27th November 2014.
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Members of the Committee were provided with an overview of the work of the Safer Stockton Partnership (SSP) from the Chair of the Partnership and the Community Safety Manager.

The Chair of SPP outlined the history of the Partnership to the Committee as follows:

- The Crime and Disorder Act was implemented in 1998 and was proven to have been an extremely impactive piece of criminal legislation, and included the introduction of Community Safer Partnerships. Since implemented, the local SSP had been driven by the Police force and Local Authority whilst being supported by a wide range of other authorities.

- The Crime and Disorder Act placed a legal duty on Police Forces and Local Authorities to engage with other services and agencies to reduce crime and disorder.

- The Chair of the Partnership highlighted the importance of partnership work when dealing with Crime and Disorder across the Borough. Members heard that the partnership approach Borough wide was strong and well documented, relying on no single agency.

- Overall priorities were set once every three years following the large scale Community Safety Audit consultation, and included in the Community Safety Plan. Actions within this were reviewed regularly, for example to deal with emerging issues such as cable theft and shoplifting this year.

- The Committee heard that SSP were fortunate to have a Partnership Analyst in post that supplied detailed information at the local level, particularly following the centralisation of many Cleveland police functions.

Members raised the following points and questions:

- As Police Community Support Officer's (PCSO) are being taken out of their usual patrol areas due to the increase in crime in the Town Centre, it is a concern that areas will begin to suffer due to lack of officers. In response, Members were advised to seek reassurance from their local Chief Inspector within Cleveland Police.

- How can those dealing with telephone calls respond to issues that are not appropriate or relatively trivial, and to help manage public expectations? In response, it was heard that police staff were trained to provide advice to callers and trained on how to explain if the matter was not one for the police and where to direct them to. It was suggested that it may be beneficial for call handlers to receive joint training updates with Council call handlers to help tackle these situations

- How will Stockton deal with the strong emphasis on Mental Health? Members were informed that there was currently a project running which focussed on operating a Street Triage system that ensured specialist assessments were carried out on those individuals who had been arrested and displayed possible mental health issues

- Members asked whether SSP engaged with ethnic minority groups and in response, heard that the engagement existed through Catalyst Stockton, and engagement through the Hate Crime Group.

- Members queried levels of attendance and commitment from SSP Partner agencies, and were informed that most partners had maintained their commitment and any issues were raised on an individual basis. Representatives had been identified from the two organisations undertaking probation work following the reforms. The Chair of SSP reiterated that it was important to maintain partnership working and not retreat into silo working.

Cleveland had been identified by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary as having twice the national average for anti-social behaviour. This anomaly is being examined but may be partly due to incident recording methods, but an action plan would be brought to the SSP for comment.
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Members were asked to suggest review topics for 2015-16.

Members requested that updates on Welfare Reform continue to be brought to the Committee in future years.

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