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									                    HUMBERSIDE POLICE AUTHORITY

                            16 MAY 2006


      PRESENT:-                Councillor Stroud in the Chair

      Elected Members:-        Councillors Brady, De Freitas, Rudd, Tress and
                               Uzzell.

      Magistrate Members: -    Mr C Palmerley, Mr A Smith and Mr R Stuart.

      Independent              Mr S Abdul Rahman, Ms A Branton, Mrs H Groves
      Members:-                and Mr J Shipley.

      Officers: -              Mr J Bates, Director of Performance and
                               Resources, Mr D Griffin, Deputy Chief Constable,
                               Mr J Crosse, Assistant Chief Constable (OS), Mr P
                               Goatley, Assistant Chief Officer (Support), Mr J
                               Mabbett, Consultation and Partnership Manager,
                               Mr P Wainwright, Performance and Resources
                               Manager, Mr G Dawson, Head of Information
                               Services, Superintendent R Kerman, Mr K Gowing,
                               Deputy Chief Executive of HANWaG and Ms S
                               Blair, Better Times Ltd.

      The Authority met at Pacific Exchange, Kingston upon Hull.

151   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/OFFERS OF GIFTS OR HOSPITALITY –
      The Chair reminded Members of the need to record any personal or
      prejudicial interest in items on the agenda and to disclose any relevant
      receipt or offering of gifts or hospitality.

      No interests were declared or disclosures made.

152   APOLOGIES – Apologies for absence were received from Mr Southern.

153   MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the meetings of the Authority
      held on 21 March and 7 April 2006, having been printed and circulated
      amongst the Members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be
      signed by the Chair.

154   UPDATE ON MINUTES – The Director of Performance and Resources
      referred to minute 139 and advised that the Performance and Resources
      Manager was progressing the issue of Local Policing Summaries. The
      Performance and Resources Manager confirmed that the leaflet would be
      distributed to most houses within the Humberside region by late summer.

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      One side of the document would contain the annual report whilst the other
      would be compiled by Divisional Commanders and CDRPs and would
      contain localised information relevant to the area of delivery. A further
      update on this matter would be given to the Consultation and Partnership
      Committee.

      A Member referred to minute 131 regarding Neighbourhood Policing and
      reported on positive responses he had received from the public regarding the
      service being delivered in the Isle of Axholme.

      Resolved – That the updates be noted.

155   (105) ACTION SCHEDULE – Members received a rolling schedule of actions
      arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

      Resolved – That the action schedule be noted.

156   MINUTES – The minutes of the meetings of the Audit and Strategy
      Committee held on 28 February, Consultation and Partnership Committee
      held on 7 March, Personnel Committee held on 11 April and Independent
      Members Appointments Panel held on 26 April and 2 May were submitted for
      approval.

      Resolved – That the minutes of the above mentioned meetings, having been
      printed and circulated amongst the Members, be taken as read and correctly
      recorded and be signed by the Chair of the relevant Committee.

      NEW MEMBERS – Following the approval of the minutes of the Independent
      Members Appointments Panel meetings held on 26 April and 2 May, the
      Chairman welcomed Ms Branton, Mrs Groves and Mr Southern to the Police
      Authority.

157   PRESENTATION – HUMBERSIDE ASSOCIATION OF NEIGHBOURHOOD
      WATCH GROUPS – Mr Gowing, Deputy Chief Executive of HANWaG,
      attended the meeting and gave a presentation outlining (i) the history of
      HANWaG which had been formed in 1985 and was now a registered charity
      and company limited by guarantee and worked at regional and national
      levels; (ii) the location of offices in Hull, Immingham and Scunthorpe and the
      distribution of staff; (iii) the receipt of funding from sources such as SRB6,
      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Communities against Drugs, Humberside
      Police, Local Authorities, CDRPs and PSU; (iv) their partners; (v) recent
      initiatives, and (vi) the future for HANWaG including a role in neighbourhood
      policing, and continuing to work in hard to engage areas, community
      involvement, developing training courses and enabling neighbourhood watch
      co-ordinators to become partners in multi agency groups.

      Members referred to the success of HANWaG and discussed how they would

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      assist ailing groups and how they worked in establishing groups.

      Resolved – That the presentation be noted.

158   PRESENTATION – INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
      UPDATE – Mr Graham Dawson, Head of Information Services, attended the
      meeting and gave a presentation detailing progress in the following areas (i)
      the Impact programme; (ii) ISS4PS; (iii) Airwave; (iv) Custody and Case
      Preparation, and (v) Identification projects. He concluded by indicating that
      he felt that the Force was well placed with regard to Impact; that the ISS4PS
      infrastructure was strong; that AVLS would be rolled out under Airwave; that
      live links had been established to the CPS under Custody and Case
      Preparation, and that preparations were underway for Find and NVIS under
      the Identification programme.

      Members queried the benefits of CRISP and the Head of Information
      Services advised that it was designed to share intelligence information in a
      standard way. In response to a query regarding ANPR, he advised that the
      Force was at the forefront of delivery in this area - there had been some
      delays with its introduction but it was expected to go live in a couple of
      months. Members referred to Airwave and to the extras that could be
      purchased and it was queried why this had not been done to which Mr
      Dawson advised that this was due to the impending re-organisation.

      In response to a query regarding the benefits of having live links to the CPS,
      the Head of Information Services advised that it enabled case details to be
      sent to them electronically.

      Members referred to the restructuring and queried what links there were with
      the other 3 forces to ensure that there was some degree of compatibility.
      The Head of Information Services advised that Information Services Directors
      from each of the forces did meet and confirmed that there were stark
      differences between the four forces. The Director of Performance and
      Resources advised that IT had become an issue in terms of the business
      case and how a strategic police authority would move forward. He indicated
      that Impact was seen as an ACPO mission critical project.

      In relation to Airwave, Members queried possible links with other emergency
      services and it was reported that the potential was there but the detail not yet
      worked out.

      Resolved – That the presentation be noted.

159   (106) ROADS POLICING STRATEGY – The Chief Constable submitted, in
      accordance with minute 2218, a report that gave an update on roads policing
      issues in the Force.



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      The Assistant Chief Constable (OS) advised that roads policing was about
      reducing criminal access to the roads and reducing the numbers of killed and
      seriously injured (KSI). He reported that 2005 saw the lowest number of
      KSIs for 5 years.

      Superintendent Kerman attended the meeting and advised that the Safety
      Camera Partnership had been formed in April 2003 and was made up of
      Humberside Police, the 4 local authorities and the Highways Agency with the
      Magistrates Courts serving as a sleeping partner. The camera sites had
      seen a 54% reduction in KSIs. Funding for safety cameras was due to
      change and, from April 2008, would come from the Local Transport Plan
      allocation awarded to local authorities. In order to ensure the continuation of
      the partnership beyond 2007 it was therefore necessary to convince the local
      authorities to allocate funding. North Lincolnshire and East Riding Councils
      had already indicated their commitment to the Partnership, however,
      decisions were awaited from Hull City Council and North East Lincolnshire
      Council. Elected Members from each of these authorities indicated that they
      would raise the matter within their respective authorities. The Chairman
      indicated that this was a matter that would need to be kept under review and
      possibly re-visited.

      Members referred to the positioning of cameras, citing one in Bishop Burton
      as a specific example, and Superintendent Kerman advised that certain
      criteria had to be met before a camera could be installed. He advised that
      signs were displayed at camera sites and that a schedule detailing the
      location of mobile cameras was issued to the media each week.

      Members highlighted the effectiveness of the flashing speed signs and
      indicated that the positive results being achieved by the Camera Safety
      Partnership should be publicised in a press release. They also discussed the
      benefits of the speed seminars that were offered to those caught exceeding
      the speed limit within a certain criteria.

      A Member expressed concern that ANPR equipment may not be fully utilised
      in Hull due to a lack of staff resources and the Assistant Chief Officer (OS)
      reported that training was underway and that the issue of the deployment of
      staff was an issue he would be addressing at a meeting in June.

      Resolved – (a) That the report and presentation be noted, and (b) that a
      press release be sent to the media regarding the positive results achieved
      through the use of speed cameras.

160   (107) HUMBERSIDE POLICE – RESTRUCTURING UPDATE – The Director
      of Performance and Resources submitted a report that gave an update on
      the meetings that had been taking place and the issues being considered
      since the decision was taken on 7 April 2006 not to agree to the Home
      Secretary’s proposals for voluntary merger.

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      Members referred to the involvement of local MPs and the Director of
      Performance and Resources referred to comments from the Chair of the
      West Yorkshire Police Authority that an MP had indicated that he would be
      prepared to co-ordinate activities in the House of Commons for authorities
      that wished to object. This matter would be discussed further at the Regional
      meetings.

      Resolved - That the update be noted.

161   (108) IMPROVING CALL AND INCIDENT HANDLING - PROGRESS - The
      Chief Constable submitted a report that updated Members on recent
      improvements to the call and incident handling processes being achieved
      through the work of the Incident Handling Improvement Team (IHIT) which
      was established in August 2005.

      The Assistant Chief Constable (OS) advised that a recent survey had shown
      that 90% of callers were happy with how their call was dealt with.

      The Assistant Chief Officer (Support) noted that with the closure of the
      2005/06 accounts being close to completion there was an opportunity to
      review the extent to which shortfalls in funding could be met from 2005/06
      underspends. This would be done by the Chief Officer Group before a final
      set of proposals for how the funding shortfall for call handling and IHIT should
      be met was brought for approval to the Police Authority.

      Members indicated that they were pleased that the current process was
      showing positive results and that the shortfall would need to be met.

      Resolved – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that the future actions
      proposed for reporting financial issues on the project to the Audit and
      Strategy Committee be noted.

162   (109) UPDATE: NATIONAL QUALITY OF SERVICE COMMITMENT – The
      Chief Constable submitted, in accordance with minute 2223, a report that
      updated on (i) significant improvements in customer satisfaction what were
      the best in the country outside the Metropolitan Police District, and (ii) the
      progress of implementing the ACPO – APA National Quality of Service
      Commitment (NQoSC).

      Resolved - That the report be noted.

163   (110) REVIEW OF THE PARTNERSHIP PROVISIONS OF THE CRIME
      AND DISORDER ACT 1998 – In accordance with minute 54 of the
      Consultation and Partnership Committee, the Director of Performance and
      Resources submitted a report that informed of the recently published review
      of the partnership provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

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      The Consultation and Partnership Manager highlighted the importance of
      refreshing and increasing Member involvement with CDRPs.

      The Director of Performance and Resources re-iterated the importance of
      being actively engaged and ensuring that the Police Authority was
      represented at appropriate levels.

      Resolved – That it be endorsed that those Members identified as
      representing the Police Authority on CDRPS, attend these meetings at
      executive level and with full Secretariat support.

164   (111) DECISION RECORD 1190 – A copy of Decision Record 1190
      regarding the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership entering into a lease
      agreement for 12 months (renewable) at Unit 9, Acorn Industrial Estate,
      Riverview Road, Beverley, was submitted for information.

      Resolved – That Decision Record 1190 be noted.

165   (112) SECONDMENT – The Chief Constable submitted a report that
      requested that consideration be given to the secondment of Detective
      Constable KK to the Regional Asset Recovery Team to be extended by a
      further 13 months.

      Resolved – That the secondment be extended.

166   (113) CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN FORUM FOR RESTORATIVE
      JUSTICE – The Chief Constable submitted a report that sought approval for
      Sergeant Howard Brown to attend the Fourth Conference of the European
      Forum for Restorative Justice to be held in Barcelona from 15-17 June 2006.

      Resolved – That the request for Sergeant Howard Brown to attend the
      Fourth Conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice be
      approved.

167   EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC – Resolved - That in accordance
      with the provisions of Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972
      the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting for the following
      items of business, minutes 168 to 170, on the grounds that they involve the
      likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 7 and 8 of
      Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

168   (114)      PREVIOUS PENSIONABLE SERVICE RECKONABLE AT
      DISCRETION OF THE POLICE AUTHORITY – The Chief Constable
      submitted a report that requested consideration be given to allow
      pensionable service held as deferred benefits with Thames Valley Police to
      reckon for service with Humberside Police.

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      Resolved – That Constable DNA be allowed to have their previous deferred
      benefits transferred in order to count for pensionable service at Humberside.

169   (115) DEBT WRITE OFF - The Director of Performance and Resources
      submitted a report that requested a debt write off of £5,012.87 in respect of
      invoice S0001004.

      Resolved – That the amount of £5,012.87, in connection with invoice
      S0001004, be written off.

      URGENT ITEM – The following item of business, minute 170, was
      considered after the Chairman had decided that it was urgent in order to
      enable the contract for building works at Tower Grange Police Station to be
      awarded.

170   (116) TOWER GRANGE POLICE STATION MAJOR INCIDENT ROOM –
      The Chief Constable submitted a report that sought approval to award the
      contract for building works at Tower Grange Police Station to create a
      bespoke Major Incident Room (MIR) covering the east of D Division.

      Resolved – (a) That the report be noted; (b) that the tender from Robinson
      and Sawdon Limited in the sum of £172,192 for building works be accepted
      as the lowest received; (c) that additional budget for fitting out the MIR at
      £88,331 be approved, and (d) that approval be given to the total funding
      requirement of £260,523 being met from the ring-fenced Estate Strategy
      Fund.




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