MATTER WHICH THE CHAIRMAN HAS DECIDED IS URGENT BY REASON OF THE NEED TO MAKE A DECISION PRIOR TO THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE
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THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6TH OCTOBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM LICENSING COMMITTEE: 4TH OCTOBER, 2011
“ SAFER VALE STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT (DLPPHS) -
Committee were informed of the annual Safer Vale Strategic Assessment.
The Assessment is a statutory document, produced annually to identify the strategic focus of the Community Safety Partnership.
The current administration had highlighted the need for local targets driven by local priorities. The Strategic Assessment used data and consultation feedback to identify these local targets.
The targets identified in the Assessment complimented the Community Safety objectives in the Community Strategy.
The overall outcome of the Partnership was for “Residents and visitors to feel safe and that the Vale is recognised as a low crime area”.
The following targets had been identified in the assessment through intelligence led business processes:
· Objective One: Reduce the level of violent offences and alcohol related violent offences in the Vale of Glamorgan
Most serious violence target: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 86 incidents
· Objective Two: Reduce the impact of domestic abuse on victims, families and the wider community and ensure that help and support are available
Serious sexual offences: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 57 incidents
Domestic abuse: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, repeat incidents to account for 17% or less of total incidents.
· Objective Three: Reduce the level of serious acquisitive crime and criminal damage in the Vale of Glamorgan
Criminal damage: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 1,524 incidents
Burglary: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 366 incidents
Robbery: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 24 incidents
· Objective Four: Reduce the impact of Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) in the Vale
The Partnership will aim to increase data sharing with schools enabling a more rounded multiagency response.
The Partnership will train front line staff from relevant agencies in the use of the ASB system and ASB process.
As far as possible the Partnership will align the ASB processes between Safer Vale and Safer Bridgend in light of potential Partnership mergers.
The Partnership will work towards a holistic service for ASB victims of all ages.
· Objective Five: Make the Vale of Glamorgan a safe place to live work and visit, free from crime and the fear of crime
The Safer Vale consultation analysis will be used to raise the profile of the partnership and community cohesion in a targeted way to the people and places that require it most.
The Partnership will raise the profile of CCTV in the Vale of Glamorgan through press and publications.
The Partnership will react accordingly and advise in relation to any incidents of illegal / rogue traders.
· Objective Six: Integrated offender management (IOM)
The Partnership will help to implement the IOM project to help stabilise the lifestyles of the most prolific offenders in the Vale that are a substantial cost to all agencies.
· Objective Seven: Reduce the impact of substance misuse in communities
Substance misuse is a running priority for the Partnership. Cadoxton House and the joint service review will be major ongoing projects during 2011-12. The progress will be monitored regularly within the Partnership to ensure delivery and sustainability.
· Objective Eight: Prevention of Terrorism
This is a core role of the Partnership. Work will continue to educate front line staff under the prevent strand of the CONTEST strategy.
Having considered the Assessment, Members were of the view that the contents were very comprehensive, and made interesting reading.
However, concern was expressed at reports that the Police would not be having a presence in Cadoxton House, and that there were rumours that the Police Public Protection unit may be relocated to Cowbridge.
Concerns were also expressed that the Police presence at the Community Safety Partnership offices in Barry Fire Station may be withdrawn.
Committee felt that such actions by the Police would have a detrimental effect on the Community Safety Partnership, and it was
(1) T H A T the information contained within the Strategic Assessment be noted.
(2) T H A T the Chief Constable be advised of the concerns of the Committee with regard to
- the Police presence at Cadoxton House
- any proposal to withdraw the Police presence from Barry Fire Station.
(3) T H A T Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) be invited to support the resolution at (2) above.
(4) T H A T the Community Safety Partnership inform the Authority’s Licensing Section of any incidents involving licensed premises.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To enable Committee to consider the strategy focus for Safer Vale during 2011/12.
(2) To express Committee’s concern at any proposals that may weaken the effectiveness of the substance misuse / domestic abuse service.
(3) To seek the support of Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).
(4) To assist in the compilation of intelligence concerning licensed premises within the Vale of Glamorgan.”