Next Steps for SNTS?

Plenary on 2007-11-07
Session date: 
November 7, 2007
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Sir Ian Blair (Police Commissioner) and Len Duvall (Chair, MPA)


What are the next steps for Safer Neighbourhood Teams in London?


Answer for Next Steps for SNTS?

Answer for Next Steps for SNTS?

Answered By: 
Sir Ian Blair (Police Commissioner) and Len Duvall (Chair, MPA)

The first steps taken were large ones for the MPS and the MPA. The MPS was one of only six forces considered excellent in the recent HMIC assessment on neighbourhood policing. The MPS have:

· Delivered 630 locally based policing teams into every area of London.

· Dedicated over 4000 police and Community Support Officers to deliver Neighbourhood policing.

· Added a further 21 borough Safer Transport Teams to increase public reassurance on the transport system.

· Increased community engagement and participation in identifying and dealing with locally identified problems through a problem solving process, including ward panel neighbourhood meetings, contact points/surgeries and roll call sheet briefings.

· Increased partnership work at a local and borough level with local authorities, other statutory and voluntary organisations.

E.g. there are approximately 160 Community Payback projects running across London each week. There is currently an average of 26000 hours worked by offenders on Community Payback projects each month. By 31 March 2008 it is anticipated that approximately 3500 offenders will have been through the scheme for the year 07/08.

· Increased accessibility and visibility in every ward in London. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have seen an increase of 14% during the first 2 quarters of 2007/08.

o There have been an 11% increase people attending pre-planned public meetings that the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have organised. o The Key Individual Network (KIN) register has been increased by 58% across the MPS as a whole. o The Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have carried out 84% more Victim of Crime visits on their Wards.

· Taken positive action against anti-social behaviour and quality of life offences that most affect the communities of London at a local level. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams interventions increased by 25%, (an increase of 57,973 to 288,187) comparing April ' September 2007 to the same period in 2006.

The next steps will be to build on this ongoing success.

The Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, whilst maintaining a primary focus on tackling local priorities,will be further mainstreamed within the Metropolitan Police. This will principally involve:

· Building on the minimum model to better resource areas of greater demand. We are also continuing to work closely with Borough Councils in delivering on local policing priorities. E.g. o 15 local authorities have provided grants to secure an additional 285 PCSOs to work on partnership projects under the PCSO cost share initiative o An additional 44 PCSOs are been requested under local authority grants and the contracts are being progressed o Two sergeants, two constables and six PCSOs have been funded by London Borough of Sutton to support Safer Parks team o Two additional constables have be funded by London Borough Brent to support Safer Neighbourhoods, with specific remit around youth engagement o Two inspectors, eight sergeants, 16 PCs and 24 PCSOs have been funded by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to staff two 24/7 Safer Neighbourhood Teams on Shepherd's Bush Green & Fulham Broadway wards. (Detail below)

· Increasing the use of community networks to support action to tackle terrorism and organised crime.

· Increasing community intelligence gathered to support the investigation and reduction of crime.

· Enhancing their role in tackling those involved in all sections of the Priority & Prolific Offenders Programme.

· Keeping their focus on dealing with the issues of young people and on reducing youth crime through work in schools and the community.

· Increasing the focus on managing locations that generate high levels of demand for response teams.

· Increasing the effective methods of engagement with all members of the community so that they can work within and across partnerships in a problem solving way.

The MPS will remain firmly committed to maintaining the SN focus and rooting the police service into all the neighbourhoods of London.