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Project summary - Standardisation of community engagement structures

Met Connect imageProject name: Standardisation of community engagement structures – part 1 CPEG review

MPA Lead officer: Natasha Plummer

Met Forward work strand: Met Connect

Project summary

The MPA supports 32 Community and Police Engagement Groups (CPEGs) and invests £1.6 million to support the development of those groups. Each group is supported by an administrator who is either employed through the local authority, through the voluntary sector or directly through the CPEG. On average each CPEG generally has between 40 and 60 member groups. The number of people actively attending public meetings varies between groups, but ranges from approximately 30 to over 100 members of the community.

The MPA will review the effectiveness of CPEGs to ensure they remain fit for purpose. The MPA will work to achieve an appropriate degree of standardisation between the CPEG model and other engagement mechanisms, including Safer Neighbourhood Panels (SNPs).

Project objectives

  • Ensure the MPAs engagement structures are fit for purpose (supporting the delivery of MPA statutory duties, Met Forward and other work programmes as they arise) and aligned to the MPA / MPS Community Engagement strategy.
  • Develop a shared understanding with partners of the different engagement structures and bring them into alignment where appropriate.
  • Ensure MPA engagement structures deliver value for money.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the three key outcomes of Met Forward – fight crime and reduce criminality, increase confidence in policing and give us better value for money.

Authority’s role to deliver work strand

The MPA will be working with other agencies to develop shared definitions and approaches to community engagement. A review of local engagement structures will take place in two boroughs to identify good practice and we will work with partners to develop a common model by August 2010.

What will success look like?

  • All CPEGs will provide a response to the policing plan consultation by December 2010.
  • A minimum of 75% of CPEGs will work with their local crime and disorder reduction partnership to deliver an engagement activity on the local strategic priorities by April 2011.
  • 100% of CPEGs will ensure that Safer Neighbourhood Panels and Independent Advisory Groups are integrated into their local structures i.e. either as members of the group or executive by April 2011.
  • 100% of CPEGs actively review their membership to ensure that the group reflects the diversity of the borough by April 2011.
  • 100% of CPEGs will facilitate public meetings, with representation from the Police and local authority.

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