Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder (Overview and Scrutiny) Committee - Wednesday 9 February 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room B12. View directions

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies For Absence

To receive any apologies of absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Gaskin and Grehan, and from Chief Inspector Dann.

 

The Committee noted the appointment of Councillor Ben – Moussa as a substitute for Councillor Grehan.

 

18.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any).

Minutes:

It was reported that no declarations of interest had been received.

19.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 July 2021.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Crime and Disorder (Scrutiny) Committee held on 28 July 2021 were confirmed as a correct record of that meeting.

20.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

It was reported that there were no urgent matters for the Committee to discuss.

21.

To consider references from other Committees (if any)

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that there were no matters referred to the Committee for consideration.

22.

Chairman's Update

Minutes:

The Chairman, Councilor Sandhu, welcomed and thanked all those present at the meeting for their attendance.

 

He firstly drew attention to the sad death of Councillor Ann Allen, as this was the first meeting of the Committee since her passing in 2021.

 

He explained that she regularly attended the Committee in her capacity as Cabinet Portfolio holder for Youth and Health & Wellbeing and that she would be greatly missed.

 

Councillor Sandhu, went on to draw attention to a number of arson attacks which had taken place at the Bexley Park private allotment site.  He reported that the attacks had greatly distressed allotment holders and asked if a visible Police presence at the site in future weeks could be provided to deter the perpetrators of these acts.  Inspector Jenner reported that he would discuss this with local officers to try to find a solution for this problem. 

 

The Chairman also reported that he had taken the opportunity to accompany an Officer on duty for a period recently visiting a number of crime hotspots in Dartford and found the experience both interesting and educative.

 

He additionally enquired if it was possible to have regular meetings with PCSO to discuss ongoing matters of concern for Members.

23.

Police and Crime Panel (PCP) - Update on Meetings held since July 2021

Minutes:

 

The Committee received a brief update from Councillor Richard Wells on the business conducted by the Police and Crime Panel since the meeting held on 27 July 2021.

 

Councillor Wells reported that he had attended two meetings in the period and that the following had been discussed:

 

The Commissioners Police and Crime Plan for 2022 to 2025.

The Commissioner had outlined his proposals for the forthcoming three years and had highlighted the priority issues that he was seeking to address in that period.

 

He explained that he hoped to increase Officer numbers and return them to 2010 levels, when compared to population levels.

 

The Kent Police Service Budget

The Commissioner had proposed an increase of 4.6% in the Budget for the forthcoming year and had outlined a number of improvements that would be delivered as a result of the increase.

 

Councillor Wells commented that he supported the Budget increase as it would lead to an increase in the numbers of Officers in Kent, which would build public confidence in the service as a whole.

24.

Regulation 9 Notice (Forward Plan) pdf icon PDF 197 KB

Minutes:

Members received and noted a copy of the latest list of Forthcoming Key Decisions due  tobe taken  inthe forthcoming 4monthsinaccordancewith the LocalAuthorities(ExecutiveArrangements)(Meeting and Accessto Information)(England)Regulations2012.

 

25.

Dartford Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment and Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was reported that the Dartford Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is required, by Statute, to carry out a Strategic Assessment annually and arising from this to publish a 3 year Community Safety Strategy by April 2022, with a  report on these being presented to this Committee at this meeting.

 

However due to difficulties accessing certain external statistical data it was reported that it had not been possible to prepare the Assessment for presentation to this meeting and a report on this will be presented to the meeting scheduled for 27 July 2022.

 

It was also reported that the CSP is further required to publish a new three year Community Safety Strategy, containing its priorities, by1 April 2022.  This will reflect information provided by the Strategic Assessment process, and will be reviewed and refreshed annually.

 

As this is a new strategy, local consultation is to be undertaken to inform the priority setting process, principally via an on-line survey on the Dartford Borough Council Website. 

 

Members therefore noted the update and that a full report would be made to the July meeting.

 

26.

Community Safety Partnership Performance and Progress Report August to December 2021. pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms Ransley introduced a report on the performance of the Community Safety Partnership in the three month period ending October 2021

 

The report considered levels of crime and anti-social behaviour recorded by Kent Police during the period August – October 2021 and drew comparisons with data recorded in the same period the previous year. 

 

In addition to the statistics presented by Kent Police Service (KPS) and Partner Agencies, details of key work undertaken or planned that addressed the four strategic priorities of the Community Safety Strategy were also provided. 

 

Inspector Jenner explained to Members initiatives currently underway addressing matters relevant to the Strategic Priorities as follows:

 

Violent Crime Including Domestic Abuse

 

·         Night Time Economy

 

·         Violence against Women and Girls

 

·         Knife Crime Initiative

 

Persistent ASB and Environmental Crime

 

·         Community Triggers

 

·         Environmental Enforcement

 

Preventing Offending and Reducing Re-Offending

 

·         Dartford Town Against Crime

 

·         Criminal Behaviour Orders

 

·         Catalytic Converter Thefts

 

Protecting Vulnerable People and Strengthening Communities

 

·         Dartford Vulnerability and Contextual Safeguarding (DVACS) Meetings

 

·         Police Community Engagement

 

·         Mini Cadet Programme

 

Inspector Jenner also informed the Committee about actions being taken in the following areas

 

·         The Dartford Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment

·         Kent Police Staffing Matters

·         Kent Police “Ride Along”

·         Community Safety Partnership Newsletter

·         Drink Spiking Awareness

 

Arising from the Report the Committee expressed concern at the rising levels of crime in Dartford, reflected in the statistics, when compared with the majority of the remainder of Kent.

 

It further queried the very rise in the incidence of total reported crime which compared to a fall in crime rates universally across the County.

 

It was noted that Dartford was in a unique position geographically and with the location of a major retail complex within the region.  However it was believed that these were challenges which should be addressed.

 

Accordingly the Committee RESOLVED

 

To invite the North Kent Divisional Commander to our next meeting to present a recovery plan which addressed the issues of rising crime in Dartford.

 

                                                                                                               

 

27.

Draft Committee Work Programme and Timetable for 2022 / 2023 Municipal Year and Beyond pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the current Forward Plan and the addition of any matters for future meetings. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report on the future work programme for the Committee.

 

Having noted the already approved schedule of work and meetings for future Municipal Years it was agreed that an additional issue be added to the plan.

 

RESOLVED

 

That a report on Violence against Women and Girls be added to the programme of matters to be considered by the Committee.

 

28.

Exclusion of Press and Public

That, under the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that it may involve the likely disclosure of Exempt information.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That, under the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that it may involve the likely disclosure of Exempt information.

 

29.

Community Safety Partnership Performance Report - Exempt Appendix

Minutes:

Members discussed the EXEMPT Appendix to the report and resolved to note its contents.