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This page contains information about the MPA Safer Neighbourhoods Scrutiny.

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Safer Neighbourhoods scrutiny

Met Forward, the MPA’s strategic mission was agreed by members at Full Authority in April 2009. A key commitment in Met Forward was to undertake a Safer Neighbourhoods scrutiny.

 ‘Safer Neighbourhoods teams will continue to act as the bedrock of local crime fighting. Londoners want their local police to have a sense of territorial ownership and custodial pride. A huge investment has been made in Safer Neighbourhoods policing and it is now our job to make this investment deliver real results...We want to make sure that our resources are being deployed effectively and maximum impact is being achieved from the investment made.’

Objectives of the scrutiny

The Terms of Reference for the Safer Neighbourhoods scrutiny were agreed at the Strategic and Operational Policing Committee on the 16 September 2010. To inform the direction of the scrutiny, an initial scoping study [PDF] was undertaken from February 2010 – June 2010. The findings from the study were presented at the 1 July 2010 Strategic and Operational Policing Committee.

Having reviewed the scoping study’s findings, Members agreed it would be useful for the MPA Safer Neighbourhoods scrutiny to focus on the issue of structure. For the purpose of the scrutiny, in referring to the term structure, the MPS focused specifically on the current ward based model for Safer Neighbourhoods teams and the Police Community Support Officer and Police Officer allocation to Safer Neighbourhoods teams.

In considering the key issues of structure it was agreed the scrutiny would focus on three key areas:

  • What is the remit of Safer Neighbourhoods?
  • Are the current team allocations of 1-2-3 and 1-2-6 (in larger residential wards) helping to deliver the Safer Neighbourhoods remit?
  • Is the ward structure the most efficient way of delivering the Safer Neighbourhoods team remit?

Further information can be obtained from the terms of reference [PDF] and the draft Equality Impact Assessment [PDF]

Members of the panel

The work was supported and involved the following MPA members:

Scrutiny timetable

Activity / product Deadline
SOP Committee meeting. Safer Neighbourhoods Scrutiny terms of reference to be tabled. 16 September 2010 - report
1st Borough Commander Focus Group 20 September 2010
Partnership Inspectors Focus Group 21 September 2010
Scrutiny Panel session MPS interviewees x 3 6 October 2010
2nd Borough Commander Focus Group 6 October 2010
Scrutiny Panel session MPS interviewees x 3 NPIA interviewees x 2 18 October 2010
Scrutiny Panel session APA Board Member 19 October 2010
Scrutiny Panel session Met Federation interviewees x 2 MPS interviewees x 4 1 November 2010
Community Police Engagement Group consultation session 9 November 2010
Visit to a Safer Schools Partnership 11 November 2010
PC and PCSO Focus Group 12 November 2010
Scrutiny Panel session MPS interviewees x 2 MPA Chair 15 November 2010
Scrutiny Panel session MPS interviewees x 2 25 November 2010
Analysis and report writing November 2010 – January 2011
Presentation at the Joint meeting of the Finance Resources/Strategic and Operational Policing Committee 17 February 2011

The MPA Safer Neighbourhood scrutiny findings were discussed at the joint meeting of the Finance and Resource/Strategic and Operational Policing Committee on the 17 February 2011. Members noted the scrutiny findings and key recommendation.

The MPS will be reporting to the Strategic and Operational Policing Committee on the findings from their Safer Neighbourhoods review in June 2011. The MPS have been asked to demonstrate how the outcomes of their review and in particular how the MPA findings and recommendation have been incorporated within the MPS proposals.

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