Summer Engagement Campaign

Reference code: 
PCD 24
Date signed: 
23 June 2016
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This report is requesting approval to award a crime and disorder reduction grant with a maximum value of £12k to each of the four boroughs with the lowest confidence according to the Public Attitude Survey – Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets.

Recommendation

That the DMPC approves the request to award a crime and disorder reduction grant with a maximum value of £12k to each of the four boroughs with the lowest confidence according to the Public Attitude Survey – Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1. Introduction and background

1.1. The MPS is proposing to run a third summer engagement campaign from July to September to boost confidence through high-quality community engagement in four of the lowest confidence boroughs. The initiative aims to provide police and partners to engage positively on a large scale using the twin attraction of food and local activities, seeking to attract those people who would not ordinarily attend more formal engagement events such as ward panel meetings.

2. Issues for consideration

2.1. Success will be measured locally by each borough and analysed by the MPS Community Engagement team, monitored by the MPS Confidence Board and reported back to MOPAC. The proposed measure of success include; attendance, increase in confidence, increase in social media followers and community contract details obtained.

3. Financial Comments

3.1. The total investment required is £48k and will be funded by the Multi Agency Initiatives budget.

4. Legal Comments

4.1. Under paragraph 4.8 of the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation approval is required by the Deputy Mayor for bids for grant funding made and all offer made of grant funding; and /or where appropriate a strategy for grant giving.

5. Equality Comments

5.1. Summer Engagement is targeted at high crime/low confidence areas in four boroughs with a history of youth and gang violence and/or low confidence. It is expected that each event will be in an area that has significant social housing, which may represent a disproportionate focus on some groups. However, this activity is positive, designed to promote engagement and community cohesion. It is led by the local authority/housing association and will form part of their planning process. Any impact that may be perceived is likely to be positive, signifying an investment by partners to make the area a better place to live.

6. Background/supporting papers

6.1. MPS Paper