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HARINGEY Community and Police Consultative Group Police Report January 2004 Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 - Section 106(1) "Arrangements shall be made in each police area for obtaining the views of people in that area about matters concerning the policing of the area and for obtaining their co-operation with the police in preventing crime in the area". The Haringey Community & Police Consultative Group was set up to create the forum described in the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984. By meeting on a six weekly basis it provides an opportunity for the Metropolitan Police Service Divisions of Hornsey and Tottenham to provide information to the Community and answer questions. The group has been supplemented by Sector Working Groups - formed to deal with local issues raised by local people. Hornsey and Tottenham Divisions see the Consultative Group as having a wider remit as a forum where matters of more than just local concern can be discussed. OUR PERFORMANCE Haringey compares favourably with other Boroughs in London according to recent report. For example, in our peer group we have the highest rate for solving, violent crime and total notifiable offences; second for solving gun crime; third for burglary and fourth for autocrime. Performance against some of the Metropolitan Police Service objectives relating to crime and emergency response since April 2003 is set out below. Street crime Objective: reduce the incidence of street crime by 15% Latest figures show since April 2003, 2085 street robberies were reported throughout Borough. This represents a decrease of 1.04% against the same period in 2002. This means 22 fewer victims. During this period 150 (7.19%) of cases were Judicially Disposed. Burglary Objective: reduce the incidence of burglary by 5% Latest figures show since April 2003, 3173 burglaries were reported throughout the Borough. This represents a decrease of 2.6% against the same period in 2002. This means 84 fewer victims! During this period 454 (14.3%) of cases were Judicially Disposed. Motor Vehicle Crime Objective: to reduce the incidence of vehicle crime by 5% Latest figures show since April 2003, 6142 motor vehicle crimes were reported throughout the Borough. This represents a decrease of 7.2% against the same period in 2002. This means 477 fewer victims! During this period 366 (5.9%) of cases were solved. Emergency Response Standard: to strive to reach 75% of Immediate Response calls within 12 minutes Latest figures show since April 2003 there were 19635 emergency calls to police in the borough, of these calls 13609 (69.3%) were answered within 12 minutes. Hate Crime Objective: to Judicially dispose of 17% of reported hate crime Hate Crime is divided into three groups Racial Crime, Homophobic Crime and Domestic Crime. Latest figures show since April 2003, 149 racial crimes were reported throughout the Borough; 42.28% of which were "clear ups" The figures show that since April 2003, 20 homophobic crimes were reported throughout the Borough; 35.0% of which were "clear ups". They show since April 2003, 930 domestic crimes were reported throughout the Borough of which 39.1% were "clear ups" Violent & Gun Crime Objective: to reduce the incidence of Violent Gun Crime by 4% Latest figures show that since April 2003 of the 6056 violent crimes there have been 4134 crimes where violence was directed against a person: of these, 148 gun related violent crimes reported. This represents a 15.4% reduction of gun related violent crimes on the same period last year. During the initial information given to Police guns were mentioned in 873 calls. Solved cases are those that are Judicially Disposed Haringey Policing Environment: Crime - The following is a précis, of the latest figures, of some of the serious allegations of crime made within the borough since April 2003: Racial Incidents 234 Murder 10 Attempted Murder 5 Rape 77 Stop & Search: Since April 2003, latest figures show, 8153 stop and searches were carried out by police in the borough, (20.8%) of which resulted in an arrest. This compares with 14.5% of people stopped and searched across the whole of London for the same period being arrested. CS Spray: Since April 2003, CS Spray has been deployed twice. This represents a decrease of 83% against the same period in 2002. Figures have not been updated for London figures. Vehicle collisions Latest figures show since April 2003, there have been 83 motor vehicle collisions which resulted in death or serious injury reported to Police within the Borough. This represents a decrease of 42% against the same period in the previous year. This means 60 fewer injured people. News in Brief: Death of valued member of Independent Advisory Group 31.12.03 It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Jeff Crawford, valued member of the Independent Advisory Group, who died on Christmas day after a long illness. Japheth Crawford, known to all as Jeff, was born on March 3rd 1932 and raised in Crawford's Road, Ellerton, Barbados. He sailed with his family to the UK in 1955 and found employment with British Rail. It was while at BR that he decided to do what he could to ease racial tension between the white and black communities, joining with others to found the North London West Indian Association and becoming secretary of the West Indian Standing Conference. When Jeff was sacked by BR because of his community activities, he decided to make them his career, becoming locum Community Relations Officer in Harrow. He then joined Haringey's Community Relations Council. During Jeff Crawford's long tenure, successive Metropolitan Police Commissioners visited Haringey at his invitation, to see conditions for themselves. Another cause he pursued with some success was the increase of black and minority ethnic group police officers on the beat; he was a pioneer of the Host Family scheme to billet rookie police and prison officers with non-white families. Jeff knew and encouraged a high proportion of the Met's top minority ethnic group officers, particularly after Tottenham's 1985 Broadwater Farm riot, in which he was heavily involved in attempts to reduce tension as Senior Community Relations Officer. In July 1987 Jeff Crawford was appointed an ethnic minority Member of the Police Complaints Authority, a post he held for the maximum six years. Among others, he supervised the West Midlands Crime Squad investigation, then the biggest undertaken by the PCA. The Authority, only two years old when he joined, was defending itself against charges of pro-police bias from the black community. Jeff Crawford strove for greater involvement in police complaint cases, claiming the right to sit in on interviews with suspected officers. When he left the PCA in 1993 he threw himself once more into local Haringey issues, joining the local Community and Police Consultative Group and becoming involved in the Joy Gardner and Roger Sylvester cases. He married his second wife, Brenda Quashie, from St Vincent, in 2001. He became founding-secretary of a boxing club jointly funded by Spurs football team and Haringey police, to take active youngsters off the streets; he was involved in forming a Mentoring scheme for black youth, a Police Cadet scheme and a local Police Liaison Committee. For many years he was an active member of the Met's Independent Advisory Group Police Constable Ann Smith (MBE) recognised in New Year's Honours list 31.12.03 PC Smith encouraged young people to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme when she was at Southgate and set up the first Youth Action Group in Haringey. She gives up much of her own time to assist in community projects and takes an active role in initiatives which divert young people away from crime. Her commitment to improving opportunities for them has brought her recognition and respect - becoming Haringey's Constable of 2000 was a measure of this admiration. Haringey goes all out to beat Street Crime On Thursday 8th January Haringey BOCU started a three-month drive to achieve its demanding Street Crime target for 2003-4. A varied programme of activity was initiated, involving every officer on the Borough, together with police staff and external partners. Chief Inspector Jim Strother, responsible for crime reduction on the Borough, said: "Last year we exceeded our target by achieving a 17% decrease, with over 10% judicial disposals. This year we were set an even more challenging 15% reduction or 315 fewer crimes than last year's success. Before Christmas we knew we weren't going to get there without a special effort, so Operation Daleview was born". Tactics The tactics used are a combination of the tried and tested, with a sprinkling of innovation thrown in. They include two robbery reduction cars patrolling our street crime hotspots through the vulnerable evening period, an "Automatic Number Plate Reader" enabled vehicle seven days a week, and high visibility policing. Police Community Support Officers, neighbourhood wardens and Haringey Parks Patrol have been briefed about the operation and will contribute through directed patrols and intelligence. Volunteer cadets will mount high profile mobile phone marking and crime prevention days with our crime prevention officers. Cinema-goers in Wood Green will see an advertisement advising them how to avoid becoming victims of crime, at every showing during the three month operation. Every week will see at least one operation at a Tube station or other hotspot, sending a dual message to Haringey residents - reassuring and advising residents about the risks and how to avoid them, and warning robbers that Haringey is not a safe place for them to operate. Cannabis Reclassification On 29th January 2004, cannabis will be reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug across the UK. As a controlled drug, production, supply and possession remains illegal. Changes to the law/penalties Cannabis will still be illegal. It is only the penalties that will change. Supply, dealing, production (including cultivation) and trafficking The maximum penalty will remain at 14 years' imprisonment. In addition, the maximum penalty for dealing ALL class C substances will increase from 5 to 14 years' imprisonment. Other class C drugs include GHB and Valium. Possession The maximum penalty will be reduced from 5 years' to 2 years' imprisonment. Under new police guidance (applying to England and Wales), there will be a presumption against arrest for adults in some cases, but not for young people: For adults For adults, most offences of cannabis possession are likely to result in a warning and confiscation of the drug. But the following instances may lead to arrest and possible caution or prosecution: repeat offending " smoking in a public place " instances where public order is threatened " possession of cannabis in the vicinity of premises used by children It will become operational when the law change takes effect, which is 29 January 2004. For young people under 18 For a first offence of cannabis possession, young people under 18 will be arrested, taken to a police station and given a formal warning or reprimand. Further offences will lead to a final warning or charge. Might these cannabis factories be connected? 29.12.03 On the subject of cannabis; Haringey police are appealing for information following the discovery in the borough of three cannabis factories in the last three months. The latest one was found early on the morning of 23rd December at a two-storey terraced house from which officers recovered approximately 1000 cannabis plants as well as equipment such as high-powered lamps and irrigation systems. Detectives based at Tottenham CID in Haringey believe that the find could be linked to the previous two and that there might be other factories within the borough. The first factory was found on 19th September in a two-storey house where officers recovered approximately 500-600 plants and equipment. The second was found on 18th December in another two-storey house and again officers recovered approximately 500-600 plants and equipment. Five people were arrested in connection with this. All three factories have now been closed down. Det Sgt Alan Dawson said: "All three factories were operating under similar circumstances so clearly we are looking at whether or not there is a link between them." Anyone with information should contact Tottenham CID on 020 8345 0831. 12 arrests follow massive police operation 10.12.03 Met police made 12 arrests overnight, on 10th December 2003, recovered four firearms, offensive weapons, a quantity of drugs and seized counterfeit currency following a major operation targeting organised criminals in North London. The operation codenamed Tiller began when officers executed fifteen search warrants at addresses in Haringey, Hackney and Enfield. As a result of the meticulously planned raids, police recovered a loaded handgun, three firearms, three machetes, counterfeit money, stolen mobile phones and equipment for forging passports. More than 500 officers were involved in the operation including officers from, SO19 firearms branch, The Turkish Crime Task Force, National Crime Squad, Territorial Support Group (TSG), POLSA (police search teams), the dog section, Immigration, Customs and Excise and local authorities. Tiller follows on from the success of Operation Narita back in January 2003 which targeted venues where intelligence established links with organised crime and the violent disturbance in Green Lanes in November 2002 which resulted in the murder of Alisan Dogan. Hackney Borough Superintendent of Operations, Mark Benbow, said: "We know Op Tiller isn't an instant cure for organised crime problems within North London but it is the catalyst for long term prevention measures which demonstrates the Met's commitment to disrupt major criminals. "The intelligence gathered will help us disrupt men of violence, particularly within the Turkish Kurdish community who are committing crimes against their own people." Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Bloomfield, in charge of the operation said: "The operation has seen the biggest number of co-ordinated armed raids across London at any one time. "Operation Tiller has been three months in the planning and has involved 500 police officers, 90 of whom were armed." More initiatives are planned over the following months resulting from intelligence from the operation. Guns from Amnesty to be turned into sculptures Three thousand guns handed in across London during the national firearms amnesty last year, will be smelted down and turned into art as part of a scheme between the Met and the Non-Violence Foundation (NVF). To launch the scheme Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur presented pieces of a number of the surrendered guns to Dr Michael Nobel, International Chairman of the NVF. AC Ghaffur said: "By turning the guns into art, we are ensuring that they will never again be used as weapons, and making a positive contribution to spreading the anti gun-violence message across London." The NVF will turn the metal from the decommissioned weapons into several sculptures of their symbolic 'knotted-gun' emblem, which will then be presented to community groups across London. London Crimestoppers enjoys its best year yet LONDON Crimestoppers has had its most successful year, with tip-offs from the public to the anonymous service resulting in 25 murder charges and £1m of drugs, guns and stolen goods seized. Charges made totalled 590 thanks to intelligence from the unit. There were 100 arrests more than the same period last year. Eighteen people were charged with firearms offences, 215 in relation to drugs and 33 for other serious crimes. Londoners made 41,583 calls to the charity hotline - 0800 555 111. The calls resulted in vital intelligence packages being forwarded to Operational Command Units and other law enforcement agencies. Anti-Social Behaviour - New Powers Penalty Notice for Disorder Since Monday 1st December 2003 a Penalty Notice for Disorder scheme, introduced by Section 1-11 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, began in Haringey. It is designed to offer an additional method for dealing with anti-social and nuisance offending. The scheme allows all police officers to issue a penalty notice for a number of disorder offences. There are two types of fixed penalties of: £80 £40 The offences for which a penalty notice may be issued are:- Wasting police time or giving false report (s.5(2) Criminal Law Act 1967) Using public telecommunications system for sending message known to be false in order to cause annoyance (s.127 communication Act 2003) Knowingly giving a false alarm to a fire brigade (s.31 Fire Services Act 1947) Causing harassment, alarm or distress (s.5 Public Order Act 1986) " Throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare (s.80 Explosives Act 1875) " Disorderly behaviour while drunk in a public place (s.91 Criminal Justice Act 1967) Trespassing on a railway (s.55 British Transport Commission Act 1949) Throwing stones etc. at trains or other things on railways (s.56 British Transport Commission Act 1949) Being drunk in a highway, other public place or licensed premises (S.12 Licensing Act 1872) " Buying or attempting to buy alcohol for consumption in a bar in licensed premises by a person under 18 (s.169C(3) Licensing Act 1964) Consumption of alcohol in designated public place (s.12 Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001) This scheme does not preclude the use of any other existing methods of disposal and unless the offence is 'serious' the option to issue a penalty notice will be at officers' discretion. A penalty notice may be issued in the street by a police officer in uniform or at a police station. Powers of arrest remain unchanged and will be exercised where appropriate. "Crack" and "Smoke" house closure. In January 2004 the Act will provide police with significant opportunities to seek the closure of premises where class 'A' drugs are used unlawfully, produced or supplied. Within Haringey this will provide us with an opportunity to seek the closure of those addresses routinely referred to as "Crack" and "Smoke" houses, which are both believed to be the cause of a disproportional amount of crime in there immediate vicinity.
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