To receive and note the report of the Director of Customers and Community (copy enclosed) and to receive a presentation from the Community Safety Partnership Manager.
The Committee noted the report of the Director of Customers and Community detailing progress of activities undertaken by the Maldon Community Safety Partnership and the proposed priorities for 2017 / 18.
Appendix 1 to the report outlined the statutory duties aligned to the Community Safety Partnership. Following completion of the strategic assessment of crime, health and data perceptions from the last year, Officers recommended that the priorities outlined in the report be adopted. It was noted that a priority relating to tackling rural crime had been added and one of the areas highlighted in Maldon was speeding.
The most recent Essex Police strategic management performance data was attached as Appendix 2 to the report. Appendix 3 provided a comparison as to how the Council was performing against Councils in similar groups.
The Community Safety Partnership Manager presented the report and provided Members with update on a number of areas relating to the Partnership set out in the report, including:
· Preventing violent extremists – a grant had been received from the Home Office. The Community Safety Partnership Manager represented Essex on the Prevent Board, cascading information down to other officers, where appropriate;
· Domestic homicides – It was noted that the process for domestic homicides was being centralised and Essex County Council would be dealing with them in the future.
· Tru-Cam initiative – Community Protection Officers were being trained on the use of this equipment.
· PCC Consultation on the Essex Fire and Rescue Service – This had been considered by the Responsible Authorities Group (RAG) who along with the Community Services Committee had agreed to support the government models. The Community Safety Partnership Manager would be writing formally to the PCC to advise him of this.
· Community Safety Hubs – Action plans for 2017 / 18 had been considered and would be updated before they were circulated to partners.
· Community Engagement, including such work as the Crucial Crew workshops was noted.
· Southminster Doorstep Club – This was delivered by the Youth Service and funding had now been confirmed for three years.
· Domestic violence – The Community Safety Partnership would be signing up to J9 in Maldon, something that had been implemented in Chelmsford the previous year.
In response to a question regarding the first bullet on page 28 of the document pack, the Community Safety Partnership Manager advised that the figure quoted for the number of homes to be built was incorrect and he would amend it accordingly.
In response to a question regarding speed watch, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) advised that the Essex Surfaces Road Partnership included the accident reduction team and representatives from the Police, Fire, Councils etc. Essex Fire Authority was the current driving force behind the community speed watch due to the availability of resources.
RESOLVED that the new priorities for 2017 / 18 and the success of the initiatives undertaken by the partnership to date, be noted.
The Chairman extended the Committees thanks to the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Inspector Egan for attending the meeting.