Police Commissioners, Public Engagement & Working with Local Authorities

  • November 19, 2013 · 12:30 PM

This is a Training Seminar at the Westminster Hub and ten free places will be available to fully paid up GlobalNet21 members.

Police Commissioners were created amidst much fanfare and electoral indifference. Twelve months on we look at what is working across the country and where there is still unaddressed issues and a lack of innovation.  This seminar will look at the work of police commissioners with their communities and the developing role of the local authority in all of this.

If PCCs want to really empower the public then they could learn a lot from local authorities. Over the past decade, councils have made extraordinary progress in understanding, listening to and engaging with local communities. This seminar will look and how the two can work together for mutual benefit in engaging their communities.

We will also look at how digital technology can help to build the bridges to make Commissioners and their role  more effective and raise the profile to a wider audience.

Seminar Programme

12.30 Coffee & Registration

1.00 Brief introduction to the seminar

1.10 How has the role developed 12 month on- Paddy Tipping, Police Commissioner, Nottinghamshire.

1.25 Neena Samota (MA, MPhil) Neena is a research consultant with eleven years of professional experience in developing evidence-led research in the voluntary sector. She will discuss how effective, accountable and fair the police are has repercussions for community confidence in the wider criminal justice system and, it can be argued, in reducing re-offending. Stop and search sits at the heart of this issue. Neena Samota (Chair of Coalition for Racial Justice(UK) and a member of StopWatch) will explore this further by discussing the recent Home Office consultation on stop and search powers.

1.40 Discussion and questions to both

2.10 The peculiar case of police independence in England and Wales and the issue of community engagement. Dominic Wood from Christchurch University.

2.25 Graham Hooper former ACC and also former Chief Executive of the Kent Police Authority talking about the importance of collaboration between local authorities, the community and the police with examples of innovations in this area

2.40 Questions to Both

3.00 Coffee

3.20 Case study of how a police commissioner and local authority worked together on public engagement led by Paddy Tipping with perhaps a local authority in his area.

3.40 - questions

4.00 - Moving Forward – Chris Williams is Head of Community Safety at the London Borough of Brent, where he is responsible for ASB, Domestic Violence, Prevent, Gangs, Crime and Public Confidence. Previously Chris was Senior Adviser (Community Safety) at the Local Government Association, where he led on community safety improvement and the transition to PCCs. Prior to this Chris was Partnerships Business Manager at the National Policing Improvement Agency and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Safer Merton. Chris is the author of a number of publications in the community safety world and is a multiple award winner for problem-oriented policing.


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  • Rajen

    Very interesting and informative, with open sharing by the participants

    November 19, 2013

    • Kieran C.

      I agree. It was informative and very interesting. I have a much greater understanding of the political role the PCChasa

      November 19, 2013

    • Kieran C.

      (I don't know what happened there) I was saying about the political role the commissioner plays as well as the freedom he has to commission initiatives he thinks will reduce crime.

      November 19, 2013

  • Maxine M.

    How are you feeling about your new area policing commissioner? You had any contact so far? As it made any difference to policing and your view of policing? Be interesting to hear your views over the next two months to feed back at the conference

    August 13, 2013

    • Andria

      I met the one who was head of dealing with drugs issues years ago. He seemed fine until he spoke of his priority "to get drugs and dealers off the streets..." How realistic is that when hundreds of thousands of people want and/or need drugs.. As for Policing: over the last decade, there has been a number of implemented measures that for example disallow people to openly drink alcohol in the streets. Has it done anything to reduce the numbers of people who need alcoholism-treatment? I've not heard that yet if it is true but it certainly has made drinkers feel more stigmatised and so on. I think I'll stop now. It's getting late!

      November 19, 2013

  • Kieran C.

    See you all tomorrow I hope.

    November 18, 2013

  • Andria

    Krishna, I'm not sure what a dispersal zone is exactly but one things for certain, those young people will 'offend' again once moved on IF they are not adequately cared for before after and during dispersal..

    November 14, 2013

  • Krishna

    As A local Councillor I go to safer neighborhood meetings and find them very interesting because you get to meet the people who deliver services at the ground level. I have difficulties with dispersal zones. I have one in my ward of Marlborough. What happens once we disperse people from our area. It is mostly young people who are being moved on.

    November 14, 2013

    • Andria

      Number 14 bus goes near Caroline

      November 14, 2013

  • Caroline P.

    Would like to go to this, if poss. Is there a bus that goes near?

    November 5, 2013

  • Andria

    Friends, I have been deeply involved in drug policy reform so this meeting mayb of interest to me, as the police are on the front-line of drugs in society... (albeit on the sometimes -punishing side...)This led me to believe that the vast majority of dependent drugs users are victims of the War on Drugs, that is, on them and their communities; that the better drug policies are those that put public health, compassion , science/research and common sense first. Of course if people want to/can get off drugs that is great, but we know from decades of history that most do not stop, so we have to have stop gaps. We cannot keep putting people behind bars, where healing RARELY takes place..
    Are others here interested in Drug Policy
    All of your comments much welcomed. It is a huge issue so please let's try and be focused if we are to discuss

    October 29, 2013

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