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Warning: This is archived material and may be out of date. The Metropolitan Police Authority has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC).

See the MOPC website for further information.

Joint engagement meetings (JEMs)

Joint engagement meetings (JEMs) have been established by the MPA to support action and joint problem solving work between the police, local councils and other partner agencies at the borough level. JEMs identify and explore long-term local crime and safety problems and agree practical solutions.

JEMs are chaired by Kit Malthouse, chair of the MPA, supported by the Assistant Commissioner Territorial Policing and the relevant local authority lead. Each local borough commander attends, along with other key partners including Transport for London, British Transport Police, the London Criminal Justice Board and Youth Justice Board. Meetings are not held in public because of the confidential nature of some items for discussion.

Depending on the theme of the meeting, discussions can encompass a variety of topics, ranging from deprivation, crime hotspots, school exclusion and truancy, youth services, offender management, youth justice and community confidence, which help place the subject in a real context.
Actions to be taken forward by partners, whether singly or in partnership, together with areas of good practice highlighted in the meetings, are recorded by the MPA which then works to ensure these are acted on. The process offers considerable potential for wide-ranging service improvement across London within the framework of existing partnerships which are complemented and supported by JEMs.

JEMs have now been held with all 32 London boroughs. The main focus of the JEMs so far has been serious youth violence, a priority area that the MPA, police, local authorities and partner agencies are committed to working collaboratively on to find solutions. The next round, planned to commence in June 2010, will review this and extend discussion to all violence. For those boroughs that do not have a particular problem with these issues, anti-social behaviour, disorder and other issues that impact public confidence provide the focus of discussion.

Gang and Group Offenders - A Practitioner’s Handbook of Ideas & Interventions

The Gang and Group Offenders Handbook was launched in August 2010 and has received a great deal of positive feedback. To improve its usefulness and address identified gaps 50 further interventions have been identified from across London. Some of the additional projects will assist those working with girls and specific cultural groups. There has also been an additional search facility to identify projects by Borough or Pan London use.

The handbook is for the benefit of those working with Gang and Group Offenders, any additional interventions or training ideas are welcome as well as any feedback.

The ‘Gang and Group Offenders - A Practitioner’s Handbook of Ideas & Interventions’ is available on the new LCJP website:

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