Agenda and minutes

Crime Scrutiny Panel - Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Room 2, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Abdullahi and David-Sanders as well as the Co-opted member, Janet Marshall. Apologies for lateness were received from Chief Inspector Ian Kibblewhite.


It was also noted that Councillor Lappage would be leaving the meeting slightly early.



Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.



No declarations of interest were received.





RECEIVED a report from Andrea Clemons on the SSCB Performance Monitoring and Partnership Plan.




(i)            The Partnership Plan will be presented to the SSCB at its meeting in April for comment and when agreed this can then be presented to Scrutiny. It is likely to reflect the seven priorities identified for London by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

(ii)          The report is provided in order to demonstrate how the SSCB has worked in partnership to tackle the crimes that were identified as priorities in the Partnership Plan during the last 12 months.

(iii)         It gives an indication of performance during that period and critically reflects some of the key pieces of work delivered locally, this includes the impact of additional officers who were assigned to the borough during the latter part of the year.

(iv)         The report focuses on three key areas of crime, Burglary, Vehicle Crime and Serious Youth Violence. Andrea provided an update on each of these:

(v)          Enfield had seen a 14.9% reduction in burglary this year (Mar 14-Feb 15) and is currently meeting the MOPAC target for a 20% reduction by 2016-17. Enfield ranks  14th of the 32 London Boroughs for percentage reduction in burglary this year;

(vi)         Enfield has climbed 4 places from the 18th largest reduction to 14th largest reduction (during the time period reported), we are currently 6th best improved out of 32 boroughs in London). This had been achieved through a number of ways, one of which being the ‘Safe as Houses initiative. This targeted hotspot locations of burglary through the borough and offers preventative work such as high visibility, prevention advice and SmartWater, which was funded through the Council and distributed for residents to mark their property.( The police will be continuing this property marking approach with the imminent launch of Operation MetTrace)

(vii)        With regards to Serious Youth Violence, Enfield has seen a 20.9% increase in serious youth violence this year (Mar 14-Feb 15). Enfield ranks 26th of the 32 London boroughs for percentage reduction this year.

(viii)      It was recognised that Enfield faced a real challenge in this area, and partnership work with groups such as the Parents Engagement Panel (PEP) had done a lot to improve and share understanding of  the risk around gang members.

(ix)         Information was provided on some local initiatives targeting serious youth violence. This included working closely with the PEP, Youth Engagement Panel (YEP) as well as working alongside the Police on Operation Equinox which tackles all violence and is currently focussed in the Edmonton Green area.

(x)          Targeted events also take place, for example the recent ‘Trident’ presentation at Aylward Academy which provided information on the risks associated with being involved in gangs. Enfield has also led the way in London with the gangs call-in, where young people are invited to the Magistrates Court for a series of presentations by parents whose children have been harmed or killed by gangs, judges,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 484.



To receive a written update from Chief Inspector Ian Kibblewhite on Police numbers in the borough.


RECEIVED an update from Chief Inspector Ian Kibblewhite on Police numbers in the borough.




(i)            Prior to the implementation of the Local Policing Model (LPM) the total of PCs in Safer Neighbourhoods was 63.

(ii)          There were 42 PC posts in Safer Neighbourhoods, 13 PC posts in Safer Schools, 3 PC posts in Licensing/ASB and a further 5 PC posts in Safer Estates and parks.

(iii)         Under the LPM, the portfolio became Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) and this total rose to 137. The numbers by clusters are:

North - 32, South - 31, West - 33.

(iv)         Of these 137 posts 21 are Dedicated Ward Officers (DWO), 13 Safer Schools, 3 PC posts in Licensing/ASB, 1 PC Faith Officer and a further 5 PC posts in safer Estates and Parks. This leaves 97 PC posts in Neighbourhood policing. At present there are 143 officers posted in NPTs.

(v)          Under LPM Enfield is supposed to have 66 PCSOs but this is actually at 46. There is a decrease in number of posts due to 24 Dedicated Detention Officers (DDO) posts moving to Met Detention.

(vi)         As of 20th February 2015, the target strength for police officers on the borough is 558 and current strength is 566, therefore 8 over strength.

(vii)        A review into the LPM was taking place at present and the findings are due to be published shortly with consultation around the improvements being made and re-allocation of some aspects of the NPT current workload.

(viii)      Police numbers were determined for the introduction of the LPM and the historical link to the 2001 census was not used in calculating the new allocation.

(ix)         The borough increased PC numbers by 85 and along with Waltham Forest was the borough with the biggest benefit from the review of workload, risk and demand.


Following Chief Inspector Kibblewhite’s update questions were taken:


Q.        Why are we under strength on Detectives and Super Intendants?

A.        This was generally due to a shortage across the Met. Heavy workloads were also a contributing factor.

Q.        Do we have an Armed Response Unit (ARU) in Enfield?

A.        Yes, there is an ARU patrol for Enfield and Haringey.

Q.        Does Enfield still have a Dog Unit?

A         Yes we do and this unit was used the week before last at a crime scene in the borough.


In conclusion Chief Inspector Kibblewhite spoke about Operation Spider and thanked the Local Authority and Andrea Clemons and her team for all their support with this as this project was proving to be a dramatic success.


The Chair thanked Chief Inspector Kibblewhite for his interesting and informative update.





To receive a report from Janet Marshall, Vice-Chair  Safer Neighbourhood Board.


RECEIVED an update from Adrian Bishop-Lagget Chair, Safer Neighbourhood Board.




(i)            The London Mayor’s Strategy and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) required a change to the way which community engagement on crime and policing issues occurred in London.

(ii)          A Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) was required in each London borough. The SNB was to be in place by 1st April 2014.

(iii)         Information was provided on the MOPAC Guidance for the Safer Neighbourhood Board and what the key aims and functions of it were.

(iv)         Adrian spoke about the structure of the CAPEs (Community Action Partnership in Enfield) and the Neighbourhood Panels.

(v)          Scrutiny of the Neighbourhood Panels and the CAPEs falls to the Safer Neighbourhood Board;

(vi)         Within the structure, the role of the Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) is to:

·         Address local priorities;

·         Hear and monitor complaints;

·         Monitor police performance;

·         Involve the community in problem solving and crime prevention;

·         Feedback to the Community Safety partnership where appropriate;

·         Provide greater police accountability;


(vii)        For the SNB to maintain an effective level of scrutiny as well as being truly representative of the community of Enfield, it was felt that it needed to be made up of between 12-20 members. The SNB will also be attended by 1-2 Senior Officers from the Metropolitan Police.

(viii)      The SNB had now met on three occasions and at each meeting hey receive information on the following:

·         Examination of crime statistics received from MOPAC;

·         Police target establishment details;

·         Update on current police operations


(ix)         The SNB had also recently had three bids accepted for the Safer Neighbourhood Board Fund which is available through MOPAC. The agreed projects are: St Giles Trust SOS Knife Project and Leaflet, Parenting Workshops and Visits to Ben Kinsella Exhibition.


Further to Adrian’s update the following questions were raised:


A.   Please tell us about the successes of the SNB as well as any difficulties during the first year. ?

Q.   The difficulties had been tackling what the Board was meant to do as well as the lack of information and guidance from MOPAC. The Board was now arriving at a better understanding of how it ‘will’ work as opposed to how it is ‘supposed’ to work. The main achievement was actually getting the Board up and running and this had been greatly supported with help from the Corporate Scrutiny Team as well as Andrea Clemons and her team and the Borough Commander. Adrian was looking forward to the progress of the Board in the coming year.


Q.   How can scrutiny link in effectively with the Board?

A.   Councillor Lappage and Janet Marshall sit on both the Crime Scrutiny Standing Workstream and the SNB so this was a great link.


The Chair thanked Adrian for his interesting update.




NOTED that there was no other business to discuss.



To receive and agree the minutes of the meeting of the Crime Scrutiny Standing Workstream held on 3 December 2014.


AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2014 subject to the following amendment:


(i)            The correct spelling of Councillor Eric Jukes.



Dates of future meetings will be agreed at Annual Council on Wednesday 13 May 2015.



NOTED that the dates of future meetings would be agreed at full council on 13 May 2015.