Notes from #Penge & Cator Safer Neighbourhood Panel Meeting. New policing arrangements.

MINUTES OF SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL MEETING 17TH OCTOBER 2013
PENGE EAST COMMUNITY CENTRE

1. INTRODUCTION BY PANEL CHAIR – JENNY COLEMAN
Jenny explained the purpose of the meeting was to inform members of the local community about the new policing model that has recently been introduced and to form a new “Community Advisory Panel” (CAP).
2. SERGEANT ROB GOODWIN
Sgt Goodwin introduced members of the Penge and Cator Safer Neighbourhood Team and the dedicated ward officers, Pc Pete William and PCSO Julie Pope,
Sgt Goodwin gave an overview of the new policing model.
The Ward will have a named PC and PCSO. These officers will dedicated to the ward and not removed for other duties (unless there is a major incident elsewhere) . The ward will be part of a cluster group including neighbouring wards, Crystal Palace, Clock House, Kelsey and Eden Park, Shortlands, and Copers Cope. Inspector Ian Brown will be charge of the cluster group. The team, apart from the dedicated officers will work across all the wards in the cluster.
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s) will take a stronger approach to catching criminals and protecting communities. Using their detailed local knowledge the SNT will be responsible for investigating neighbourhood crime, reducing anti-social behaviour. Teams will be on new shift patterns allowing wards to be covered for an extended time, for example teams will be duty over weekends, and later into the evening.
Sgt Goodwin explained the new model was introduced in September and at the moment teams are getting used to the new working patterns.
Questions were asked about the role of PCSO’s. Sgt Goodwin explained that the MET are currently no longer recruiting PCSO’s. Recruitment has now been opened up for new PC’s. Many PCSO’s have moved on to become police officers. The intention is that PC’s will replace the PCSO’s as their numbers diminish.
CRIME REPORTs
Sgt Goodwin presented the crime reports for the last 12 weeks. There has been a recent increase in burglaries in the area, this is a London wide problem. There is no other obvious trends. In recent years there have been less issues with youth anti-social behaviour.
3. Jenny Coleman explained what would be required of the new advisory panel.
The panel would be made up of local residents and community groups and aim to representative of the Penge and Cator ward. The Safer Neighbourhood Teams who are responsible for reducing crime in the area would be held to account by the panel by way of “ward promises” The panel will meet every two months to set 3 “ward promises” and the team would be tasked to resolve the issues raised. At the following bi-monthly meeting the team will feed back on the promises. In addition to the ward promises the cluster group would have 3 priorities, for example burglary is a cluster priority.

After a general discussion the panel agreed two promises for the SNT(as burglary is already a priority for the cluster groups this was not included in the promises):-
The Two issues highlighted were, cars driving too past on particular road sand other traffic offences such as using mobile phones and dangerous driving. Issues relating to the sale of drugs in local pubs
1. The team will carry out traffic speeding/safety checks on Kent House Road, Kings Hall Road and Lennard Road. This will involve ANPR – Automatic number plate recognition. And stop checks on vehicles over a stretch of the above roads.

2. Licencing visits to public houses in the Penge area and spot checks.

The panel agreed the 2 promises.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Wendie Roache asked for the panels support for an application to Safer Bromley Partnership for funding. The grant if received would be for a Youth Dance and Performance Display on Royston Fields as part of the Penge Festival.
The panel agreed to support this application.
The meeting closed and the Chair thanked everyone for their support and asked for people to pass on information to anyone they thought might be interested in attending future meetings.
TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING Thursday 9th January, 7.30pm Penge East Community Centre
For your information
THE NEXT PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BCEF WILL BE THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2013, 2.30PM
ANERLEY TOWN HALL, ANERLEY ROAD, ANERLEY SE20 8BD
The meeting will focus on illegal money lending
All Welcome but to ensure sufficient seating please register your attendance in advance
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This blog is maintained by Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, Cllr Peter Fookes and Cllr Kevin Brooks, the Labour Party councillors for Penge & Cator ward on Bromley Council.
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