Agenda and minutes
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Apologies of absences were received from Cllr Gurdip Ram Bungar, Inspector Chris Carter and Chief Inspector Tracey Quiller.
The minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2015 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
Cllr Sara Langdale informed the Committee her daughter was a detention officer in Maidstone and could come in contact with the Kent Police force.
Cllr John Knight informed the Committee that he is a volunteer for the victim support service.
To consider whether any items in Part A of the agenda should be considered in private or any items in Part B in public
No items to be considered in private.
The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) presented to the Committee a report outlining the links between substance misuse (alcohol and drugs) and violence including domestic abuse as well as the statistics in Gravesham compared to other districts.
The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) explained to the Committee that drug/alcohol related crime is important as it can involve domestic abuse and other crimes like shoplifting, robberies and other acquisitive crimes are often committed to finance drug habits.
The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) highlighted the following points to the Committee:
· The rate of drug related offences per 1000 is lower than the than the county average
· The Community Safety PARTNERSHIP COMPARES the statistics to other ‘similar groups’ e.g. Thurrock which have similar demographics to Gravesham and Dartford and Gravesham also have a lower than average rate of drug offences compared to these areas
· On Page 10 of the agenda it shows the local alcohol profiles of districts and their crime related to alcohol which as shown is a much bigger problem in Gravesham than other districts
· Page 12 shows details of hospital admissions for psychoactive substance and alcohol use but this does not include A&E attendances
· The age range with the highest figure of hospital admissions related to the use of psychoactive substances is 45-64 years old whereas for alcohol-related admissions it is 25-44 years old
· It tends to be town centre wards and deprived areas of the borough where drug-related activity is most prevalent
· The organisation for youths dealing with addiction called ‘Addaction’ has shown on page 13 that the number of young people starting new treatment has reduced however it is still a higher figure than seen in Dartford
· There are still concerns with legal highs – sightings of discarded canisters suggest that they are being increasingly used but the nature and extent of this problem is currently unknown.
The Locality Manager CRI (West Kent Recovery Service) introduced himself to the Committee and outlined the following points about his work to the Committee:
· The MEAM (making Every Adult Matter) project group is an off-shoot of the CSP Drug and Alcohol Action Group. MEAM spans many different teams ranging from alcohol treatment to mental health services all of which work together to identify the specific needs of complex drug and alcohol misuse clients
· The MEAM Board meets on a quarterly basis, is co-chaired by The Locality Manager and Inspector Chris Carter (Kent Police) and an Operational Group meets more frequently to deliver tailored support to identified clients
· A £1000 grant of emergency funds was given to the service by GBC’s CSU
· The biggest users of legal highs found are older people who have had previous addiction issues with opiates or alcohol; the service can offer medical treatments for opiate users but unfortunately there is none for legal highs – it works on the basis of what the legal drug they were using most resembles to a controlled substance and treat for that
· Page 14 details a case study of a woman who ... view the full minutes text for item 9.
The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) presented to the Committee a report on the Strategic Assessment and Partnership priorities highlighting the below key points regarding crime:
· The completion of the strategic assessment annually is a legal requirement established by the provisions of the Crime & Disorder Act 1998
· Page 76 of the agenda outlines all of the key findings of the report
· Total recorded crime fell year ending 30 September 2015 by 5.9% from 7701 to 7243 offenses
· Violent Crime is still a national issue but Gravesham is the only district in Kent to achieve a reduction in violent crime with a fall of 1.5% compared to the other districts who had a rise of 1.9% to 15.1%
· Road safety is a big issue which is discussed in schools and GBC support the ‘Licence to Kill’ drama group which show young people the dangers of driving recklessly through a video and real life experiences
A Member commented on the fact that there was no mention of cyber-crime within the strategy which is a prominent and dangerous crime at the moment.
The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) assured Members that GBC are aware of cyber-crime and it will be included in the broad strategy for next year to try and tackle the various things that can occur online including radicalisation and child exploitation etc. It is also in the Kent Police Crime Strategy.
Following several more questions form Members the Operational and Strategic Managers (Community Safety) highlighted to the Committee that:
A Member commented on the lack of statistics for hate crime within the report and reference that a lot of crime could be hate related and needed to be report on.
Members agreed to note the findings in the report and endorsed the proposed priorities for the new CSP Community Safety Plan 2016-19 subject to the amendment: