Places Scrutiny Panel – 6 November 2013
PRESENT: Councillor Evison in the chair.
Councillors Davison (vice chair), England, Oldfield and T Foster.
Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
310 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of pecuniary or personal and prejudicial interests.
No whip was declared.
311 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 16 October 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.
312 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.
313 REVIEW AND UPDATE OF POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICERS – The Chairman welcomed Superintendent Hall from Humberside Police and Stuart Minto, the council’s Head of Safer Neighbourhoods to the meeting. Superintendent Hall and Mr Minto had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members the role of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s), with particular emphasis on the five PCSO’s that the council supports financially.
Superintendent Hall and Mr Minto updated panel members on –
The history of PCSO’s within Humberside Police and the number currently on active duty.
- The value PCSO’s bring to Neighbourhood Policing.
- Liaison with victims of crime and tackling anti social behaviour
- Future of PCSO’s in today’s police force.
Following the oral presentation, the Chairman facilitated a discussion on PCSO’s.
Resolved – (a) That the update be noted, and (b) that Superintendent Hall and Mr Minto be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.
314 (11) OFFENDER LOCATION MONITORING – The Chairman informed members that Stuart Minto, the council’s Head of Safer Neighbourhoods had been invited to the meeting to update the panel on the initial findings from the offender location monitoring pilot. This was the voluntary tagging of offenders via satellite tracking.
Mr Minto informed members –
- Of the type of offenders who had signed up to the voluntary tagging,
- Of the findings from the pilot evaluation,
- Of the general benefits of voluntary tagging,
- Of a case study of the success that offender location monitoring had had on one particular prolific offender and the financial savings that had been achieved to ‘society’ as a result of the pilot.
Following the presentation, the Chairman facilitated a discussion on offender location monitoring.
Resolved – (a) That the presentation be noted, and (b) that Mr Minto be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.
315 CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – Further to Minute 308, the Director of Policy and Resources updated members on the status of the review, including the provisional stakeholder list and the co-option of an expert on to the panel.
Resolved – That the position be noted.
316 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.
317 EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC – Resolved – That the public be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following item (Minute 318 refers) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
318 FLOATING TENANCY SUPPORT – The Chairman informed the meeting that further to Minute 296, Stuart Minto, the council’s Head of Safer Neighbourhoods had been asked to update the panel on the performance of floating tenancy support service.
Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, (b) that Mr Minto be thanked for his attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (c) that all parties be congratulated for overseeing the dramatic improvement in performance.