Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall
Contact: Suzanne Price Scrutiny Facilitator
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Gwenfair Jones and Nigel Williams.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 July 2019
The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019 were submitted.
Correction to minutes – Minute No.18
The following bullet point to be added:-
· It is important that, in order to understand the needs of patients, Care Plans are read and fully understood before visiting patients.
AGREED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 July 2019 be signed as a correct record, subject to the aforementioned amendment.
Declarations of interest (including whipping declarations)
Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting
Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Article 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this meeting. The following declaration was made:
Agenda Item 5 – Community Safety Partnership Performance Report. Councillor I. David Bithell, MBE - Personal and non prejudicial – employed by North Wales Fire Service. The Councillor remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.
To consider the report of the Chief Officer Governance & Customer
The Chief Officer Governance & Customer submitted a report (COGC/36/19s) to assist the Committee in agreeing the work programme for the next 12 months and beyond.
The Scrutiny Facilitator introduced the report and commented that there had not been any changes since the last meeting.
AGREED- That the Work Programme attached at Appendix 1 to the Report COGC/36/19s be approved.
To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety
The Chief Officer Governance & Customer submitted a report (COSC/37/19s) to allow the Committee, acting as the Crime & Disorder Scrutiny Committee to review and / or scrutinise decisions by the Wrexham Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in connection with the discharge of crime and disorder functions by Responsible Authorities.
The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) 2018/19 year end performance reports that were attached as Appendices 3a and 3b were referred to during the course of the meeting.
The Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, Chief Inspector Mark Williams was welcomed to the meeting and the following matters were considered.
A discussion ensued and the following matters were considered:
· Confirmation that all domestic abuse incidents were now being reviewed at MARAC.
· Assurances given that a process was in place for Police Officers in respect to MARAC referrals that reflected the changes in the criteria since 2018. It was confirmed that there were sufficient staff to carry out those high risk and repeat investigations.
· Clarification sought in relation to the increase in referrals and the repeat cases of domestic abuse, in the conjunction with the decrease in repeat offenders of domestic abuse. It was noted that further work to understand these trends was being undertaken.
· Confirmation that the Police work with the Authority in an effort to ensure the victim of domestic abuse remained within their home where possible and that the perpetrator be removed.
· The process and time scales of the Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) was explained to the committee by the Chair of the CSP.
· Acknowledgement that domestic violence was a complex issue and the importance of partnership working was therefore highlighted to ensure the provision of service remained high.
· Welcome news that anti-social behaviour had reduced across the County Borough this year compared to previous years.
· Concern was expressed in respect to the anti social behaviour in the town centre and to the proposed changes to the operational hours of the enclosed area within the bus station. The Lead Member for People Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety responded and provided assurance in respect to the fears of vulnerability and emphasised the importance of having the right level of support across the whole of the Town Centre.
· The Lead Member spoke favourably about the Community Tension Monitoring system and the positive outcome of early intervention.
· Confirmation that whilst the overall figures show an increase in acquisitive crime there had been a reduction in the last quarter. Acquisitive crime remains a Policing priority for the Community Safety Partnership going forward.
· The Chair of the CSP informed the committee that, whilst there had been an increase in incidents relating to hate crime, this was linked to the fact that tolerance levels were lower and the number of reports to the Police had increased.
· The Lead Member informed the Committee that a campaign to highlight problems with cold callers was about to be launched.
(i) That whilst the Committee thanks the Partnership for the report we feel this does not reflect the ... view the full minutes text for item 5.