Agenda and minutes

Select Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 17th December 2013 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, City Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services - 01522 873371 

Items
No. Item

1.

Confirmation of Minutes - 7 May 2013 pdf icon PDF 304 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 May 2013 be confirmed.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Please note that, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.

Minutes:

None received.

3.

Updates

  1. Police – Crime Statistics including trends/threats
  2. West Lincolnshire Community Partnership
  3. Lincoln BIG
  4. City of Lincoln Council

Minutes:

a. Policing in Lincoln

 

Chief Inspector Pache provided an update on policing in Lincoln and advised as follows:-

 

  • Anti social behaviour in Lincoln is down 14.7%
  • There are three distinct problem areas – Street Drinking, Vagrancy and Noise Nuisance
  • Inspector Judith Kent is new in post and is targeting the top 5 offenders
  • Begging is an issue in the city centre, however when arrests are made prosecutions are not undertaken so the deterrent side is limited. The Police are currently looking at alternative sanctions.
  • Persistent offenders in the City Centre are being served with exclusion notices.
  • Street drinking is not illegal it is the behaviour of individuals that is the problem.
  • The Police are targeting individuals who act anti socially. The increase in the number of Off Licences is a problem. There has been a 120% increase in anti social behaviour in certain areas. These hot spot areas including the High Street are to be prioritised.
  • Overall crime in the City is down 5%. Not all crimes are recorded.
  • Lincolnshire Police is a beacon force in National Crime Recording Standards.
  • Police are working with retail premises in respect of shoplifting, nationally there has been a 54% increase and a 29% increase in Lincoln.
  • Work has been undertaken with Lincolnshire Coop in respect of providing additional security in their stores. This has led to a reduction in crime and some displacement to the neighbouring county – Nottinghamshire.
  • Independent retailers do not have the capacity to put measures in place. However the Police are working with them through the Business Crime Strategy to try and minimise shop thefts.
  • The next Comprehensive Spending Review may lead to further cuts in budget, however it should be noted that Lincolnshire has one of the most efficient forces in the country.

 

Members commented as follows:-

 

  1. How do you equate falling crime statistics with reducing resources?.

 

Response – The Police function is different now. There used to be a lot of officers in uniform. The Police now concentrate on vulnerable people and persistent offenders, we now have 10 Officers who’s particular function is to respond to urgent priority incidents in a 10 minute response time.

 

  1. Under reporting appears to be a problem, why?.

 

Response – Under reporting has always been a problem. All calls received are recorded and included in Police statistics. Both funding and crime are reducing.

 

  1. Police attendance at the Carholme Community Forum has been sporadic which has led to the relationship between the residents and the Police not being as good as it was. Whilst “Freshers Week” might not have appeared to be that bad it was actually horrendous.

 

Response – The Police have many challenges, and the public have high expectations. The Police have to target their resources at hotspot locations. Offences within the night time economy are down.

 

  1. The City Centre has recently won the Purple Flag award which implies it is a safe environment. However there are problems in other areas of City especially in respect of anti social behaviour.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Progress on the Street Drinking Strategy

Minutes:

Sam Barstow, Public Protection and Anti Social Behaviour Service Manager, provide an update on the Street Drinking Strategy and advised as follows:

 

  • The Alcohol Intervention Officer was now in post.
  • A co-ordinated approach had been used to develop the strategy and manage individuals. All relevant partners had been involved in its development.
  • A number of persistent offenders had signed up to ABC’s, I interim ASBO had been served and there were 3 pending prosecutions.
  • A voluntary code in respect of the sale of super strength ciders and lagers would be launched in February 2014.

 

RESOLVED that the contents of the report be noted.

5.

Anti Social Behaviour By Students in the Central Wards of Lincoln - Update on Success of Initiatives to Date

Minutes:

Steve Swain, Principal Democratic Officer, advised that initial discussions had been held with the University and other parties in respect of anti social behaviour by students in the central wards of the City. A further update would be provided at the next meeting.