Agenda item

Crime and Disorder Partnership Update

To provide Members with an update on Community Safety Partnership work at a county and local level (report of the Executive Director – Commercialisation (S151) enclosed).

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Director – Commercialisation (S151) which provided members with an update on Community Safety Partnership work at a county and local level.

 

The Communities Manager provided an update, which included the following points:

 

  • The four key priorities for the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership were: Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse, Reducing Offending and Serious and Organised Crime
  • Fly tipping was a key area of focus through the Anti-Social Behaviour Core Priority Group – crossover work was being done with the Waste Partnership with regard to identification and clean up and also prevention, enforcement and understanding where issues were coming from.  The Anti-Social Behaviour Core Priority Group had set up an Environmental Crime Partnership for Lincolnshire which would look at the capture of data, hotspots, social media messages and sharing of intelligence.  It had also set up a task group to look at the customer journey when reporting anti-social behaviour incidents.
  • The Domestic Abuse Core Priority Group had a focus on domestic abuse within the County.  A new Domestic Violence Bill had been passed in Parliament recently which created a cross-government statutory definition of domestic abuse, and which put in place a statutory framework for the delivery of support to victims of domestic abuse.
  • Work was ongoing with the Reducing Offending Core Priority Group, with a current focus on homelessness and access to housing for people leaving custody.
  • Lincolnshire had been chosen (as one of two areas nationally) by the Home Office to pilot a multi-agency safeguarding approach to financial abuse.
  • Key work would be taking place around the placement of CCTV cameras and exploring the possibilities of further analysis of the data provided by them.
  • Member were advised that Superintendent Mark Howsley had offered to attend a future meeting of the Panel to answer questions about crime related issues.

 

The Panel considered the report, and the following issues were raised:

 

  • Members were happy that statistics were now available for CCTV cameras but questioned the limited use of some of the cameras.

 

  • Members were encouraged by the work being carried out to place cameras in remote areas.

 

  • Members asked whether fly-tipping was included in the customer journey for anti-social behaviour, as concern had been raised by some residents that it was difficult to report a fly-tip and send evidence.

 

  • Members questioned if there was a level of information available for hare coursing.
    • Officers responded that this issue could be addressed by the Superintendent when he attended a future meeting of the Panel.

 

  • Members also requested further information on statistics for Covid related crimes.

 

  • Members were concerned that when calling 999, residents were sometimes transferred to Norfolk Police rather than Lincolnshire Police.

 

  • Members raised concern that reported anti-social behaviour had not always been followed up by authorities.

 

  • Members asked whether residents who reported being victims of a crime were able to retain their anonymity.
    • Officers responded that crimes could be reported anonymously either to the local authority or to the Police.

 

Officers advised that many of the issues raised by members could be addressed by Superintendent Howsley at a separate meeting, and it was agreed that a special meeting of the Panel be arranged for this purpose.

 

AGREED:

 

a)    That the report be noted; and

 

b)    That Superintendent Mark Howsley be invited to a special meeting of the Performance Monitoring Panel to answer areas of concern raised by members.

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