Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.



Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bhatti.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To receive any declarations of interests.



No Declarations of Interest received.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To note the Part I minutes of the Crime and Disorder Overview and Scrutiny Panel held on August 23rd 2017.


RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Part I minutes of the meeting held

on the 23 August 2017 were agreed as a correct record.


Annual Presentation by the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner pdf icon PDF 37 KB

The meeting will commence with a presentation by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Any questions by Members that have been submitted in advance of the meeting will then be considered and answered.


The Chairman welcomed Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld and the Chief Constable Francis Habgood QPM.


The meeting commenced with a presentation to the Panel from Anthony Stansfeld. The Police and Crime Commissioner went through the 2016-17 Crime Performance Headlines. The points covered included:

       Thames Valley saw recorded crime increase by 7.2% (129,449 ® 138,710) which compares to a national increase of 11%

       The overall increase in crime remains low in Thames Valley:  66,976 fewer crimes compared to 5 years ago (205,686) and 8,357 fewer offences compared to 10 years ago (147,067)

       The increase is reflected nationally (ONS Crime Survey of England and Wales), and is largely attributed to improvements in compliance with National Crime Recording Standards, following recommendations made by HMIC in 2014.

       The HMIC’s latest PEEL assessment rated Thames Valley Police as Good across all areas of policing (effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy),

       Victim satisfaction remains high at 88%, compared with the national average of 84%.

       Recorded offences of violence against the person have risen by 7.9% (compared to around a 19% increase nationally).

       Homicide has increased by 5.6% (18 reports in 2015/16 and 19 reports in 2016/17). Three of the recorded homicides are in

      relation   to the deaths of three men at Didcot Power Station in February16.  

       Sexual offences have increased by 4.2% over the past year (4,412 crimes in total).

       Recorded offences of rape have increased by 9.3% and non-rape sexual offences have increased by 1.6%.

       Burglary has increased by 9.1% and vehicle crime has increased by 10.6%, with certain increases in specific areas.

       Arson has increased by 19.9%, which is largely thought to be due to improvements in recording practices.

       Trafficking of drugs offences have increased by 28.1%, which can be largely attributed to an increase in proactive police activity i.e. warrants and pre-planned operations to combat illegal drug activity across county lines.

       Possession of weapons offences have increased by 19.8%.

       Hate crime has increased overall by 8.1%. We believe this due to an increased victim confidence in coming forward.

       Domestic abuse has risen by 3.3%. Domestic abuse remains a priority for the force.


The Police and Crime Commissioner informed the Panel of two surveys carried out, an adult survey and a youth survey. In the adult survey, 3562 adults were surveyed and 87% were satisfied with the police in their area, 57% said they had been a victim or witness to a crime, 77.59% felt very safe/safe where they lived and almost 2000 people said burglary caused them the most concern followed by violent crime. 


In the youth survey, 1215 youths aged 11-17 years were surveyed and 56% trusted the police, 46% said the police make them feel safe, 28% wouldn’t or didn’t know if they would report a crime to the police and 14% felt intimidated by the police. One in two youth had seen violence between young people in the last year, 35% have seen youngsters doing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.


Presentation on Prevent and Modern Slavery

To receive a presentation from Craig Miller and Acting Chief Inspector Jason Kew on the Prevent strategy and work on the combatting of Modern Slavery within the Royal Borough.


Please note the Prevent element of this presentation has been withdrawn.


This item was postponed to the next meeting.


Dates of Future Meetings

·         Tuesday 21st November 2017.

·         Wednesday 7th February 2018.

·         Monday 16th April 2018.



The Chairman informed Members that the dates of the next meetings were as follows:


·         Tuesday 21st November 2017.

·         Wednesday 7th February 2018.

·         Monday 16th April 2018.



To note the Part II minutes of the Crime and Disorder Overview and Scrutiny Panel held on August 23rd 2017.