Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Commission - Monday, 16th January, 2023 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE. This meeting will be livestreamed here: https://bit.ly/HarrogateYouTube (Copy and paste the link in your browser).. View directions

Contact: Claire Wilson - Scrutiny Officer  Tel: 01423 500600 ext. 58323 Email:  claire.wilson@harrogate.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

63.

Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes:

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Sue Lumby and John Mann.

(5.35 pm)

64.

Declarations of interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

 (5.36 pm)

65.

Minutes: pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Of the meeting of 7 November 2022.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 7 November 2022 were approved as a correct record.

 

(Five Members voted for the motion and there were two abstentions)

 

(5.36 pm)

66.

Exempt information:

To determine whether to exclude the press and public during the consideration of any exempt items.

Minutes:

There was no exempt information.

 (5.36 pm)

67.

Public arrangements- questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.

Minutes:

There were no public questions under Standing Order 27.

(5.37 pm)

68.

Invitation to the Chief Constable (North Yorkshire Police):

The Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police to be in attendance.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police (NYP), Lisa Winward and the Inspector for the Harrogate outer area, Ed Rogerson to the meeting.

 

Chief Constable Lisa Winward provided an overview of policing across North Yorkshire. The key areas of focus for NYP were prevention and early intervention, place based working, gaining intelligence from local communities, safeguarding the most vulnerable, partnership working and establishing areas of demand within policing. It was reported that there had been a 12% reduction in reported neighbourhood crime in North Yorkshire and the City of York and victim satisfaction currently sat at 86%.

 

The Chief Constable then provided an update on policing within Harrogate

 

·                     Public order offences - decreased by 7%

·                     Reported anti-social behaviour - decreased by 43%

·                     Fatal road traffic collisions - decreased by 50%

·                     Arson and criminal damage outcome rates - increased from 9% to 11%

·                     Burglary outcome rates - increased from 5.8% to 6.4%

·                     Rape outcome rates - increased from 2.2% to 10.1%

·                     Drugs possession outcome rates - 80%

·                     Supply offences outcome rates - 50%

 

The three-year national police staffing uplift programme, which would end on 31 March 2023, had increased officer numbers across the county by approximately 200. It was noted that new officers joining the force would undertake three years of training to achieve a degree level qualification as part of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship. The Chief Constable explained that NYP had recently signed an agreement with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for a budget of £1.9m including an increase in staffing within the force control room in order to improve control room performance and service delivery.

 

Inspector Ed Rogerson proceeded to provide an update on crime trends within the local area. Following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions there had been an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour associated with the night-time economy in Harrogate town centre, particularly on Parliament Street, The Ginnel and Oxford Street which had been responded to with increased visible police patrols. NYP had worked with local licensees to strengthen the pub watch scheme, which had closed down due to a lack of support. A new app which was funded by Harrogate Business Improvement District was launched to enable licensees and the police to communicate more effectively. In order to focus on women’s safety, several Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) had been enrolled in a welfare and vulnerability engagement programme which provided training to officers working in the night-time economy and aimed to raise awareness of potential issues that might arise. NYP and the Council had launched a ‘Get Home Safely’ campaign to help residents get home safely over Christmas which had been promoted via posters and digital messaging displayed across the district. Various community engagement days, supported by the Community Safety Hub (CSH) were reported to be effectively targeting knife and drug crime in the local area.

 

A problem-solving plan which included increased police visibility, was in place for McDonald’s in Harrogate town centre to help combat issues related to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.