Safer Neighbourhood Boards - Two years on
Safer Neighbourhood Boards (SNBs) were introduced to improve the quality and consistency of engagement between the police and communities across London.
SNBs were launched as a direct replacement for Community and Police Engagement Groups (CPEGs) by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in 2013.
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has assessed the progress of SNBs in the report, ‘Safer Neighbourhood Boards - Two Years On’.
The report found:
- There is a lack of consistency in how SNBs engage with the public, with some Boards only holding one public meeting per year.
- For those SNBs that do meet regularly, some have no website or other means of communicating directly with the community they are supposed to be engaging with.
- Core funding for SNBs is inadequate.
The report makes a number of recommendations to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), including:
- Holding one public meeting a year is not enough. MOPAC should support SNBs to hold the majority of their meetings in public.
- MOPAC should promote the work of SNBs through its website and social media channels. MOPAC should also publish details of the types of projects SNBs fund and their outcomes.
- MOPAC should carry out a public review of the core funding it provides to SNBs to ensure it is supporting them to carry out their key functions - holding public meetings, publicity and administrative tasks.
- MOPAC should help SNBs to carry out a “diversity audit” and develop an action plan to widen the representation of their membership.