Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny - Tuesday, 17th January, 2012 6.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2 Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Michael Craggs 

No. Item


Apologies and named substitutes

To receive apologies for absence and details of any Councillor (or co-optee substitute) nominated to attend this meeting in place of a member of the Committee.



Apologies were received from Borough Councillors Anita Clayton and Wanda King; County Councillor Sheila Blagg; and Ken Hazeldene from the Redditch Anti-Harassment Partnership.


Declarations of Interest and Party Whip

To invite Councillors to declare any interest they may have in items on the Agenda and any Party Whip.



There were no declarations of interest nor of party whip.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel that took place on the 26th October 2011 as a correct record.


(Minutes attached)


Additional documents:


Members were informed that the Executive Committee had agreed at its meeting of 15th November 2011 to reject the Panel’s recommendation for the Council not approve the merger of Redditch Community Safety Partnership with the respective Community Safety Partnerships serving Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest to form a North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWCSP), as referenced in minute item 12. The NWCSP would therefore be created, subject to the endorsement of the responsible authorities.




the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on Wednesday 26th October 2011 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Redditch Community Safety Partnership Performance Framework pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To consider the 2011/12 quarter two performance tables for the Redditch Community Safety Partnership Framework and to propose recommendations for further action based on the report if deemed necessary.


(Reports attached)


Additional documents:


The Panel received a verbal overview of the 2011/12 quarter two performance tables for the Redditch Community Safety Partnership Framework. It was explained that the annual refresh of the Partnership Plan had been delayed whilst discussions were being held about how best to co-ordinate the production of the annual Strategic Assessment in light of forthcoming changes to Community Safety Partnership arrangements, reductions in funding and the election of the new Police & Crime Commissioner.  Officers were therefore continuing to work to the current Partnership Plan which contained the four priorities of: Protecting Communities; Reducing Re-offending and Restorative Justice; Safer Streets and Places; and Secure Homes.


It was also explained that the Framework had been designed to provide a fairer reflection of crime in the Borough as it showed performance figures on a rolling twelve month format.  This made it easier to establish accurate patterns and trends over a period of time rather than identifying seasonal spikes and dips from month to month. 


The Panel was led through the crime figures under each of the four priority areas:


Protecting Communities


The number of harassment offences and racially or religiously aggravated offences had increased slightly compared to the same position twelve months before. However, this could be attributed to greater public confidence in reporting incidents of crime – specifically victims’ increased confidence that their complaints would be suitably recorded and actioned. Members heard that these increases often followed increased publicity around reporting these types of offences.


However, the Panel queried whether a genuine rise of a specific type of crime could be missed if this was almost automatically attributed to greater public confidence that their reporting of crime would be recorded. Officers explained that Partnership officers were able undertake an in-depth assessment of the frequency of certain crimes being reported and the reasons behind this.  Officers also said that it was important to make a distinction between what is reported and recorded and offences that make it to the point where they are dealt with by the courts.


Members discussed the importance of providing support to victims of crime and those who were called to act as a witness at court hearings. It was felt that this could be a very intimidating experience. The Panel heard that there were existing mechanisms for providing support to victims and witnesses of crime to mitigate this, most notably through Victim Support and the Witness Service Scheme. Members expressed an interest in obtaining further information on this matter from the Chair of the Community Safety Partnership.


Of the numerous associated projects, Members were informed that funding had been secured for further Operation STAYSAFE events. These events provided preventative care for young people at risk of harm from consuming alcohol whilst on the streets and in open spaces.


Also, the Panel learnt that multi-agency support was being provided for “adults with chaotic lifestyles” who were particularly vulnerable to harm. 


Reducing Re-offending and Restorative Justice


The Panel was informed that the volume of offences in this priority area  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Notes of the Redditch Community Safety Partnership meeting - 24th August 2011

To consider the contents of the minutes from the Redditch Community Safety Partnership Board’s meeting of 24th August 2011.


(Minutes attached)



The Panel received and commented on the minutes of the meeting of the Redditch Community Safety Partnership’s board that took place on Wednesday 24th August 2011.




the minutes of the Redditch Community Safety Partnership board meeting on Wednesday 24th August 2011 be noted.


(During consideration of this item Members discussed matters that necessitated the disclosure of exempt information. It was therefore agreed to exclude the press and public prior to any debate on the grounds that information would be revealed relating to any action taken, or to be taken, in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime).




Questions to the Chair of the Community Safety Partnership

To propose questions for the consideration of the Chair of the Community Safety Partnership prior to her attendance at the next meeting to deliver the Partnership’s Annual Report.


The Panel considered appropriate questions to be submitted to the Chair of the Redditch Community Safety Partnership in advance of her attendance at the next meeting. 


 Members agreed the following questions:


1)     (The Panel has been made aware that the Victim Support Scheme provides invaluable support to victims and witnesses of crime). What is the Community Safety Partnership doing to raise awareness of the Scheme in Redditch? Exactly what type of support is being provided through the Scheme?


2)     (The Panel is also aware and very much supportive of the Community Payback Scheme in Redditch). How is the Partnership helping to expand, improve, and further publicise the Scheme in the Borough?


3)     (The Panel understands that members of the Community Safety Team have recently been trained to become specialist advisors on the prevention of crime) What benefits do you expect the Partnership, and Redditch in general, will accrue through this?



the questions as noted above be sent to the Chair of the Redditch Community Safety Partnership prior to her attendance at the following meeting of the Panel.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider the contents of the Panel’s Work Programme.

(Report attached)





the Panel’s Work Programme be noted.