Councillor Jacqui Dyer, Deputy Leader of the Council (Jobs, Skills and Community Safety), Bayo Dosunmu, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Resident Services; and Jeanette Young, Director of Children's Commissioning and Community Safety, introduced the annual statutory report as follows:
· The report provided an overview of the Safer Lambeth Partnership (SLP) and priority areas such as violence against young people, the Lambeth Made Safer (LMS) Strategy; counter terrorism, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), anti-social behaviour (ASB) and substance misuse.
· The appendix provided an update from the previous year’s recommendations and structure of governance of both SLP and LMS programmes.
· Crime and disorder was a complicated process delivered through multiple collaborative partnerships. There was a current review of the Partnership to improve the safety of citizens and aimed to make Lambeth one of the safest London boroughs.
· There were concerns, such as on Stop and Search, which needed further prioritisation and more proactivity as illustrated by Child Q case.
· This report would inform the draft Partnership Plan and scrutiny of its delivery; and on how to respond transparently and comprehensively to the Strategic Needs Assessment.
· Benchmarking performance during Covid-19 lockdowns was difficult, which had caused low levels of ASB, whilst Lambeth’s geography and demographics complicated this further.
· It was essential to build trust and confidence with the community and deliver with partners.
· The SLP was being refreshed post Covid-19, via the Crime and disorder Plan and Crime Reduction Plan. This included additional capacity in a larger Community Safety team, and improved effectiveness and co-working with external colleagues and partners.
· He had met with the Victim Care Unit (VCU) to discuss the Child Q case, noting that it could cause a generation of trauma for those affected by similar events.
· The LYC planned to work with Lambeth’s and Southwark’s Young Advisors to promote awareness of and campaign on young people’s rights during Stop and Search and the role of officers, via leaflets and attendance at school assemblies.
Reahanna Gordon, Lambeth Young Advisor, next provided representation:
· Lambeth Young Advisors worked alongside Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers and with the Independent Advisory Group (IAG), who also provided advice to the MPS.
· The school in the Child Q case had emailed that it did not know how to challenge the Police to ensure actions were justifiable and proportionate.
· Police information needed to be more instructive and accessible, and the public needed to be able to understand how they could challenge Police officers.
The Chair read an anonymous resident statement on the impacts of ASB:
· Their local area had been a quiet, friendly community, but ASB from two properties comprising excessive noise at night and drug misuse had taken place over two years. This escalated to excessive littering, discarded drug paraphernalia, intimidation of residents, drug dealing and a physical confrontation between a resident and one of the young men involved.
· Initial Police activity only resulted in the perpetrators moving to another nearby ... view the full minutes text for item 3