Agenda and draft minutes

Safer Neighbourhood Board - Thursday, 8th July, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: Email: Democracy@enfield.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and advised that the meeting was also being live streamed.

 

Officers advised that these meetings can no longer be hold virtually due to national legislation not be extended

2.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies have been received from Simone Straus, Dionne John, Vicki Pite, Alok Agrawal, Dave Cockle (Stephen Earlston was attending on his behalf) and Scott Mason

3.

CHAIRS FEEDBACK

Tim Fellows (Chair) to present.

 

Feedback also to be provided by:

·         Stop & Search monitoring group

·         CCTV Monitoring group

Minutes:

Hate Crime: The Hate Crime Forum Management Group continues to meet virtually. The Case Management Panel (CMP) has not met since February, and we are now being told that the police do not have the capacity to support this group. This is very concerning as Enfield is one of the worst performing boroughs in London with regards to Hate Crime. There has been a massive 42.9% increase in homophobic hate crimes and a 10% increase in transphobic hate crime in the last 12 months. I have met with the new inspector for community safety with little result so took the issue to the Safer & Stronger Communities Board on 1st July. I will bring to the board the result of that and any critical issues that need wider dissemination if and when they occur.

 

I have attended one LCP² zoom meeting this period, and the Safer & Stronger Communities Board.

 

The North Area Violence Reduction Group has met, and Janet is attending on our behalf and will continue to do so.

 

Chase CAPE has met virtually on Teams and Highway met in person, with appropriate social distancing.

 

MOPAC funding. We are still awaiting a decision about this year’s funding, although project funding is unlikely to continue.

 

It is with great sadness that the Chair advised the recent death of Christine Whetstone, who was the Chair of the SNB Stop & Search Monitoring Group. She was very involved with the SNB, the voluntary sector and was Chair of the over 50’s Forum for a number of years. She will be missed.

 

Stop & Search Monitoring Group

There is not a lot to report, the group has doubled in size. As there is no Chair at present currently going through the process of electing a Chair and Vice Chair. Once in post will be looking to have a face to face meeting at Edmonton Police station, virtual meetings have taken place.

 

CCTV Monitoring Group

There have no visits as yet and once the guidelines are changing dates are awaited for future visits.

 

 

4.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To agree the minutes of the Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting 29 April 2021.

Minutes:

Agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 29 April 2021.

 

5.

EXAMINATION OF CRIME STATISTICS pdf icon PDF 5 MB

Examination of crime statistics received:

·         Current and planned police operations

·         Confidence and satisfaction

·         Target establishment on CAPE’s (including staff changes, vacant posts, anticipated timelines for replacement, etc)

·         Ward-based stats

·         Response Times, both I & S calls in Enfield and Haringey

Minutes:

Superintendent Chris Jones supported the comments regarding Christine Whetstone and expressed his thanks and said that she will be missed both by the community and police colleagues who worked closely with her.

 

In response to the comments on Hate Crime this has been raised with the BCU Commander Treena Fleming who is looking into this further. Police officers working in this Forum were those on restricted duties due to being hurt or injured. These officers are now able to return to normal duties.

 

He then went through the report in the agenda pack. The following was highlighted:

 

·         The first slide in the pack provides an update on figures for Operation Boxster. This works predominately in Fore Street covering Enfield and Haringey targeting on street sex workers and the crime associated on the periphery of this activity. The new team started in March. There will be an extra 3 officers coming to Operation Boxster, this increase provides more female representation on the team. Now 40% of the team is female as the vast majority of the on-street sex workers are female this will help the functionality of this team.

·         Operation Raphael is Enfield Schools officers carrying out additional patrols to try to prevent robberies of school children. These will generally take place in the footprint of schools, in parks and routes to and from transport hubs. There have been a number of arrests for robberies and positive stop and searches with weapons recovered.

·         Page 11 of the agenda pack provides details of the sort of work the Safer Schools undertake in schools. These can now take place face to face.

·         Primary School Junior Citizenship Scheme there are a number of schemes about to start in Enfield with Year 6 students.

·         The Safer Schools Team is now fully staffed, there should be 1 inspector 2 Sergeants and 24 officers, the team has 2 more officers than this and this number is likely to grow with new recruits coming in. This has enabled there to be 2 dedicated officers working with primary schools. The rest of the officers dedicated to one or two secondary schools, 3 schools maximum depending on the issues that the school are seeing. These officers are a single point of contact for the Headteacher and Safeguarding leads at these schools.  Whilst these are the named schools’ officers. The neighbourhood officers should also be know to the schools and engaged with the headteachers. From just before 3pm neighbourhood officers are mobilised for three hours to go into the school’s footprints and where school children congregate. It was clarified that Special schools are included within this.

·         A query was raised on working with supplementary schools, it was confirmed that there is still some mapping to be done on this, the view is that every school in Enfield should be engaged with. A map could be provided of the school’s officers and what schools that they are associated with.

·         Inspector Jaswinder Kaur has recently taken over the school’s portfolio for Enfield and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Minutes:

It was mentioned that CAPE meetings had taken place.

 

It was raised that in the past there have been increases in domestic violence when major sporting events occur, particularly when your team have lost. It was confirmed that resources have been put towards this.

 

Currently there are 3 CAPE Chair vacancies are the police looking to fill these vacancies. Supt Jones confirmed that there is a Ward Improvement Plan, refreshing guidance and terms of reference to ensure consistency. The Police have met with faith Leaders to seek representation, businesses and schools are also to be approached. All sergeants have a Ward Improvement Plan which includes functioning Cape’s, Chairs, and programmed meetings etc.

 

There is a dedicated telephone conference line if there are problems with virtual meetings.

 

It was suggested that WhatsApp groups and OWL could be used for recruitment.

 

Prior to lockdown guest speakers were invited to these meetings to upskill members. Some previous examples of speakers are on Youth Offending Service, CCTV Centre, Drugs team, Body worn Camera’s and cybercrime. The chair sought suggestions for future topics and the following was put forward:

  • Integrated Offender Management
  • CAPE’s & OWL
  • Counter Terrorism- local issues
  • Organised Crime (ideas for this to be discussed outside of meeting)

 

Tracey Anang has stepped down as the disability representative for the Board after many years, thanks was given for her contributions. A new representative will be sought.

 

This is the last meeting for Susan O’Connell and thanks were expressed for her support.

 

7.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Thursday 13 January 2022

Thursday 7 April 2022

Minutes:

The dates of future meetings were noted.