Borough Services Policy and Review Panel
Monday, 16th November, 2015 7.00 pm - Agenda and minutes

Venue: Concorde Room, Council Offices, Farnborough

Contact: Panel Administrator: Adele Taylor  Email:  adele.taylor@rushmoor.gov.uk Tel:01252 398831

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12.

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            To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th September, 2015 (copy attached).

 

Minutes:

            The Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th September, 2015 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

13.

Community Safety - Safer North Hampshire pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To receive a presentation from Caroline Ryan, Community Safety Manager and Karen Evans, Domestic Abuse Officer on activity within the local area and priorities for Rushmoor (copy attached).

Minutes:

The Panel welcomed Ms. Caroline Ryan, Community Safety Manager, and Ms. Karen Evans, Domestic Abuse Officer, who gave an update and presentation to the Panel on the community safety activities and priorities for the Safer North Hampshire Partnership area (copy of presentation circulated with the agenda).

 

Ms. Ryan introduced the presentation with an overview of recent developments within the Safer North Hampshire Partnership and confirmed that the Partnership had become an approved City & Guilds Centre for Restorative Practice. The Panel endorsed the new designation and, in response to a question, it was explained that the initiative was targeted at rehabilitating young offenders aged up to 22 through reconciliation with victims where all parties were willing to participate. The process involved a court-like set up, managed by volunteers, aimed at achieving understanding and empathy.

 

The Panel noted the headlines arising from the latest Strategic Assessment of current and emerging community safety trends. However, changes had been made to crime recording, which meant that comparisons with previous data were uncertain in many crime categories, e.g. violent crime where multiple individuals were involved. As part of the changes, there were now 19 categories of anti-social behaviour for recording purposes. These related to personal, environmental and community impacts.

 

            The priority community safety issues for Rushmoor included tackling anti-social behaviour and street drinking in parts of Aldershot, and alcohol related violent crime associated with the night-time economy in Aldershot town centre. Across the wider partnership area, the priorities also included the need to address issues related to substance misuse, and vulnerabilities, which included the “Prevent” programme, hate crime, child exploitation and domestic abuse.

 

The Panel explored current activities and progress on the local issues in further detail. On substance misuse, Members welcomed news that new legislation was expected to be introduced which would prohibit premises such as the Skunkworks shop in Aldershot from selling psychoactive substances. In the meantime, it was noted that the Partnership would be seeking a further closure of the business on the grounds of anti-social behaviour impacts, which appeared to have increased since it had reopened. Linked to this, it was suggested for future consideration, that businesses which benefitted from the night-time economy could contribute to the costs of policing and remedying the associated impacts, possibly through the use of fixed penalty notices.    

 

In discussing the topic of radicalisation, it was noted that strategic planning and activities for the area were co-ordinated through the Strategic Prevent Board for Hampshire, which had clear communication links and reporting lines with colleges. The Panel asked about links with local mosques, imams and community leaders and it was confirmed that the local police had connections with religious leaders. However, a lot of work was focused on families who had been identified as high risk for radicalisation. At the national level, the Home Office had enabled initiatives whereby individuals who had been radicalised in the past were involved in education and awareness campaigns.

 

Ms. Evans presented an update on domestic and child exploitation crime including current  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

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            To note the Panel’s work programme (copy attached).

 

Minutes:

            The Panel noted the current work programme.