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The Chairman welcomed everyone to this remote meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee, held under new regulations which had come into effect in response to the COVID-19 situation. The Chairman then went through some general housekeeping arrangements for the meeting.
A roll call of those Members present was taken.
The Chairman welcomed Chief Inspector Scott-Haynes and Inspector Thurston to the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
An apology for absence was received from Councillor R P F Dewick.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 October 2020 (copy enclosed).
RESOLVED (by assent) that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 October 2020 be agreed.
Disclosure of Interest
To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interests or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6-8 inclusive of the Code of Conduct for Members.
(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).
There were none.
To receive the views of members of the public, of which prior notification in writing has been received (no later than noon on the Tuesday prior to the day of the meeting).
Should you wish to submit a question please complete the online form at: www.maldon.gov.uk/publicparticipation.
There was none.
Councillor Miss A M Beale joined the meeting at this point.
To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery, (copy enclosed).
The Committee received the report of the Director of Service Delivery reporting the progress of activities undertaken by the Maldon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) since the last meeting of the Committee on 22 October 2020. The report highlighted the proposed strategic priorities for 2020 / 21.
The most recent Essex Police performance summary (to 31 January 2021) was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.
Members noted the continued good work of the CSP and the liaison it had with Essex Police and other statutory partners. The current Maldon CSP action plan was attached as Appendix 2.
The Community Safety Partnership Manager gave a presentation to Members which highlighted the report and outlined the CSP’s:
· statutory duties;
· five priorities for 2020 / 21 and 2021 / 22;
· structure, including the impact of COVID-19;
· events and projects.
During his presentation the Community Safety Partnership Manager also highlighted:
· the impact of COVID-19 on a number of areas
· the new Domestic Abuse Bill 2020
· the Public Spaces Protection Order consultation being undertaken.
· how Year Six training had moved to virtual training and was proving very popular.
· that the CSP had agreed to fund a new TruCAM (speed enforcement camera).
Community Safety Partnership Manager informed Members that Les Davis had recently been appointed as Dengie Tri-Service Rural Community Officer. A short video was shown introducing the Officer and outlining the role of this collaborative post between Essex Fire Service, Essex Police and the East of England Ambulance Service. Due to some sound issues, Members were advised that a copy of the video would be placed on the Council’s website for viewing outside of the meeting.
At this point, the Community Safety Partnership Manager handed over to Chief Inspector (CI) Scott-Haynes who reported that he had just been appointed as District Commander and then gave a detailed presentation, setting out the structure of the local policing teams in the District and the Force plan for 2020 / 21. He took Members through the Maldon Performance Summary and in addition highlighted the following areas:
· The impact of Covid on policing – Members’ were advised of the huge demand seen to patrolling areas, the impact of the pandemic on crime and the work being undertaken to support vaccine sites and victims of domestic abuse. The CI highlighted how the need to react quickly to changing legislation and keep Officers up to date had been difficult.
· Recruitment and how the ‘We Value Difference’ campaign was part of the successful Fit the bill recruitment drive. Members were informed of the make-up of the Town Team and the other increases to Officer numbers.
· Policing Tactics including improved accessibility, working across rural areas and partners and the role of the Community Safety Engagement Officers. The use of Facebook live had seen an increase in public attendance, but there was further work required in respect of Neighbourhood Watch in the Maldon District.
· Maldon Police Operations – CI Scott-Haynes outlined a number of Police operations including how they were committed to joint tasking ... view the full minutes text for item 315.
Police Performance Update
To receive a verbal update on Police performance from Chief Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes.
The Police Performance Update was given as part of the Maldon District Community Safety Partnership Update.