Aims & Objectives and Functions

Safer Neighbourhood Board

Aims & Objectives

  1. To ensure communities are more closely involved in problem solving and crime prevention; this will be achieved by allowing bids to the SNB fund to support local engagement and crime prevention projects and having the community make nominations to Community Payback.
  2. To have a broad remit to reflect MOPAC’s broader responsibilities, while respecting the view that local people know best what’s needed at the local level; the SNB will work with the CDRP to develop local policing and crime priorities, with the police to ensure every ward has a ward panel and support the development of neighbourhood Watch in the borough.
  3. To have a greater reach and ensure a more frequent refresh of ideas and views; the SNB will seek to engage with underrepresented groups (e.g. young people, victims of crime) and engage with elected members through their representation on the SNB. Tenure on the board for non-statutory members will be limited to three years in order that membership is regularly refreshed.
  4. To achieve greater coherence between different engagement mechanisms, such as ward panels, Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs), Neighbourhood Watch and Stop & Search Community Monitoring groups, so as to provide greater accountability in policing and crime reduction; this will be achieved by monitoring complaints against borough officers, monitoring police and partnership crime performance, ensuring a monitoring group is in place for stop and search and Independent Custody Visiting.
  5. To make more efficient use of resources to deliver value for money and target funds at tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention. The SNB will support the rationalisation of monitoring groups (for custody visiting, stop and search, ward panels) on the borough into a coherent structure. The SNB will be responsible for agreeing monies from the SNB fund to be directed at targeted solutions to crime and public engagement.

Functions

  1. Establish Policing priorities in the borough.
  2. Monitor crime performance and community confidence.
  3. Monitor complaints against borough officers.
  4. Hear and monitor complaints from victims of crime.
  5. To provide assurance that a system of independent custody visiting is delivered.
  6. Play a significant role in community payback.
  7. Ensure all wards have a ward panel.
  8. Oversee the borough Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs).
  9. Support Neighbourhood Watch.
  10. Ensure the stop and search community monitoring function is delivered.