Agenda and minutes

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No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Brian Sangha and Cllr Gurdip Ram Bungar.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday,13 October 2014 were signed by the Chair.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

4.

Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2014 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2014 completed by Gravesham’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) on behalf of the Joint Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

 

The assessment is provided to the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee in order that Members can be aware of the process that has been followed and the data upon which decisions have been taken in identifying the new key priorities for the forthcoming financial year.

 

The priorities that will form the basis of Partnership activity in 2015/16 (all deemed

equally important) are:-

 

violent crime and domestic abuse;

anti-social behaviour (incorporating criminal damage relating to ASB);

acquisitive and property crime;

substance misuse;

• reducing re-offending;

road safety.

 

These priorities are closely aligned to those of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and those that will be contained in County-wide community safety planning.

 

The Committee considered each priority in turn, in response to Members questions, the following information was provided:-

 

Violent crime and domestic abuse

  • The way in which crime is recorded has changed.  A new system is now in place and the accuracy rate has increased from 82% to 98%, therefore the increase in crime levels can be attributed to the new system and an increase in crime reporting.

 

Anti-social behaviour (incorporating criminal damage relating to ASB)

  • Restorative Justice practices are being considered in appropriate cases of environmental crime linked to ASB.
  • Fly-tipping is a big issue in the Borough, GBC works closely with KCC on this matter.
  • Limited resources mean new ways of dealing with ASB are needed.  Kent Police work closely with key community partners to share the vast workload.

 

Acquisitive and property crime

  • The levels of burglary in Gravesham are currently quite low but there is a perception of this as a high crime issue, which Councillors can help manage.
  • The volume of criminal damage offences occurring in Dartford & Gravesham, the financial impact that they have on organisations, environments and communities and the close links with ASB, suggest that this is a crime category worthy of some more detailed attention in 2015/16.

 

Substance misuse

  • The best measure of substance misuse is through Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI).
  • The nature of drugs is changing with legal highs and nitrous oxide becoming more prevalent.
  • In Gravesend, ‘Skunkworks’ was a shop that sold legal highs and received attention from the authorities and Trading Standards.

 

Reducing re-offending

  • A ‘Threat, Risk & Harm’ assessment approach is taken for Integrated Offender Management.
  • Partnership working: ‘Every Adult Matters’ brings together key agencies e.g. Probation, Housing, Benefits, Porchlight, etc. to assist with offender management.

 

Road safety

  • Kent Police are aware of the noise nuisance caused by ‘Boy Racers’ in Gravesham and measures are in place to tackle the issue.
  • Kent Police work closely with the Cyclopark and are happy to assist Gravesham by encouraging the education of cyclists (e.g. use of bike lights, not riding on pavements etc.).

 

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