Camden SNB have now been asked to provide a view on 'lessons learned' from the BCU process, though a face to face meeting with the BCU Commander is not to take place. The consultant who has been assisting in the feedback process has provided a set of questions to be answered to the BCU Commander, who has passed them to the SNB, with only a week's notice allowed for a response. These are as follows:
Topic area 1: Planning and management of the BCU implementation
- was the rationale clear?
- Was a clear plan provided that enabled you to plan your own activities?
Topic area 2: Communications
- frequency and effectiveness
- rationale for the change clear in advance
- appropriate medium;
Topic area 3: Engagement
- were you / your functions engaged in a timely manner, by the appropriate people?
Topic area 4: Governance and leadership
- clear lines of responsibility; appropriate meetings; clear leadership?
However, the SNB has not been asked to comment on their views concerning the overall success (or otherwise) of the merger; nor of the police performance in terms of, for example, emergency response, visibility, call answering, or the effectiveness of the four service categories in which the command is broken down. Why haven't they been asked for their views on these and other issues to reflect local experience of the merger on the ground; and do you consider this a fair way to consult the SNBs, in both the questions selected and the short timeframe for a response, with no time for a meeting with the borough police leadership, either?