Agenda and minutes

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies of absence were received from Councillor Samir Jassal and Councillor Les Howes and Councillor Brian Francis attended as his substitute.

 

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2016 were signed by the Chair.

19.

Declarations of Interests

Minutes:

Cllr Sara Langdale informed the Committee her daughter was a Detention Officer in

Tonbridge, worked some shifts at Gravesend and had contact with the Kent Police Force.

 

20.

To consider whether any items in Part A of the Agenda should be considered in private or any items in Part B in public

Minutes:

There were no items in Part A to be considered in Part B.

 

21.

Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel Minutes 15.11.2016 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Minutes of the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel Meeting held on 15 October 2016.

22.

'Contextual Background to the Strategic Assessment'

Minutes:

The Committee received an oral Presentation from Chief Inspector Tracey Quiller,

Area Commander, Kent Police.

 

Information covered in the presentation included:

 

Context

·         Rolling year comparisons showed that performance in Gravesham in 2015/16 was exceptionally good.

·         Kent Police had received and ‘outstanding’ HMIC evaluation for legitimacy of recording practices with 96% of crime being recorded (other areas achieved 75% - 80%).

·         Offences included in records had changed with a move towards more robust reporting of multiple crimes and changes to DASH recording.

·         Cyber-related crime was increasing, but increased funding was available to tackle this significant and complex problem.

 

Demographics

·         Gravesham had a worsening deprivation profile and a high population density/increasing population which had an impact on Police work.

·         Peak age of unemployment mirrors peak offending category and number of young people assessed as NEET was very high.

·         Proximity to London resulted in some crime displacement activity particularly in relation to gang-related activity.  It was noted that Gravesham had established good relationships with the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham and would continue to share intelligence.  Linked CCTV Operation strengthened crossover work with Medway.

 

Specific Areas of Crime

·         Victim Based – Trend over 10 years is one of continued reduction of 19% but changes in crime reporting requirements result in skewed figures.  Actual figures are 2 – 3 offences per day.

·         Violence Against the Person (VAP) – Category of greatest increase, partly explained by changes to reporting.  There had been an increase of 16% in Domestic Abuse cases but over 50% of VAP crimes were violence without injury – a figure supported by A&E data.  Councillors noted there still needs to be a change in the perception that Gravesend is ‘not a safe place to be’ and the Chief Inspector informed the Committee that Inspector Pat Holmes would be replacing Inspector Chris Carter and was exploring initiatives including online clinics and other methods to assist with dispelling the distorted image.

·         Sexual Offences – Figures showed 83 additional offences, largely explained by the increase in teenage image sharing reported by parents which, even if consensual, remained an offence.  A Youth Engagement Officer was to be appointed in September to tackle this area of work. 

·         Robbery – Although there had been 31 additional offences the Committee was advised that these were rare, covered a wide spectrum of offences and Officers are confident is not out of control in Gravesham.

·         Burglary – There had been a 10.4% reduction in offences of burglary from dwellings and a 28% reduction from premises other than dwellings.  Some of this was due to successful targeted regional/cross border operations and also pro-active work around community engagement and education eg with allotment holders, residents of multi-occupancy dwellings.

·         Vehicle Crime – Over the past 10 years there had been a reduction of 44% in vehicle crime.  However the Assessment year showed an 11.6% increase totalling 772 offences (of which 70 were thefts from a motor vehicle).  There had been a directed initiative involving PCSOs to heighten security awareness and reduce  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Gravesham Safety Strategic Assessment 2016 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Strategic Manager (Community Safety) advised the Committee that key pieces of work were detailed at the end of each section of the Gravesham Safety Strategic Assessment and highlighted the following:

 

·         The Action Plan developed by Gravesham CSU to address human trafficking/slavery problems was now used as a good practice model.

·         All obligations surrounding Prevent Work had been fulfilled and were substantiated by robust records.  Training had been delivered to front line staff and external agencies supported by funding from PCC.

·         Home Office funded work with unaccompanied children continued in partnership with KCC, The Gr@nd and other agencies.  Initiatives included assistance to improve language skills and access to appropriate services.

·         Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) work around mental health issues/substance abuse/complex needs continued but had been hit by funding reductions to partner agency (now Change Grow Live).

·         There was a need to increase awareness of and education about opportunistic burglaries and thefts, in particular work had been undertaken to inform elderly residents about scams eg bogus callers and distraction thefts.

·         Work in particular hot spots was ongoing in partnership with communities, GBC Waste Management Service and Community Payback to address environmental issues.

·         A new permanent CCTV camera had been installed at Woodlands Park, rapid response cameras were deployed and the camera at Denton was to be replaced.  It was recognised that cameras were not just a deterrent but provided footage to support action.

 

It was noted that despite the reduction in resources the key work undertaken and results

achieved by the GBC CSU and partners continued to be encouraging.

 

24.

Any other business which by reason of special circumstances the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

25.

Exclusion

To move, if required, that pursuant to Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public be excluded from any items included in Part B of the agenda because it is likely in view of the nature of business to be transacted that if members of the public are present during those items, there would be a disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved that the public be excluded from the meeting because it is likely that in view of the nature of business to be transacted there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

26.

Gravesham Safety Strategic Assessment 2016 - Exempt Information

Minutes:

The Committee considered more detailed information regarding Serious Organised Crime and the Kent and Medway Integrated Offender Management Scheme.

 

It was noted that initiatives in these areas were effective and ongoing.

 

Police and GBC Officers were thanked for their attendance and for the clear, comprehensive and concise information given to the Committee.