Crime Disorder Reduction Partnerships

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					                                                                  AGENDA ITEM 6


Committee     Enterprise and Community Development Select Committee
Date          18 APRIL 2002

Elected Member Representation on the Crime and Disorder
Reduction Partnerships in Essex
Report by Daniel Grindey, Community Safety Co-ordinator
01245 430 690

1.     Purpose of the Item

As requested, this report provides the Committee with an outline of the role of
Elected Members within the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships.

2.     Background

The district crime and disorder reduction partnership is structured in the following

a) The Responsible Authorities Group

The highest strategic level is the Responsible Authorities Group. This includes

              a) Chief Executive of the district or borough council
              b) Commander of the relevant division of Essex Police
              c) County Manager of Essex County Council

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 gives the above authorities the statutory duty
to formulate and implement a Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy for the
district/borough area.

b) The Leadership Group

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 states that the Responsible Authorities above
shall act in co-operation with the Probation Service & Health Authorities in
formulating and implementing a crime and disorder strategy. This is known as the
Leadership Group.

c) The Steering Group

Steering group is a multi-agency forum including officers from the district and
county council, police, probation, health and other agencies. The Steering Group
also includes representation from elected members. The group is a consultative
group that informs the work of the Responsible Authorities and Leadership
Groups in delivering the strategies.

3. The Role of the Elected Members

It is suggested that member involvement should be through the Steering Group
of the partnership and that members have two clear roles here;

   1) A scrutiny role to assess how effective the county council is in delivering
      strategy and in particular, the action plans to achieve each objective

   2) Policy development role – Any policy development issues emerging from
      the scrutiny should be fed back through the Community Safety Forum of
      the Enterprise & Community Development Select Committee.

Day to day contact is with the ECC Partnership Co-ordinator for the district
partnership, with central support and advice to be given by Daniel Grindey
Community Safety Co-ordinator and Peter Pearson, Head of Community Safety.

4. Terms of Engagement

Members would not be expected to attend meetings of the Steering Group until
invited by the ECC partnership co-ordinator for their district.

5. Membership of the District Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

1) Braintree - Councillor Roger Walters (C)

2) Uttlesford - Councillor John Whitehead (C)

3) Maldon - Councillor Norman Hume (C)

4) Basildon - Councillor Alfred Goldsworthy (L)

5) Castle Point - Councillor William Dick (C)

6) Rochford - Councillor Roy Pearson (C)

7) Colchester - Councillor Les Double (L)

8) Tendring - Councillor Charles Lumber (C)

9) Brentwood - Councillor Mrs Maureen Miller (LD)

10) Epping - Councillor Colin Finn (C)

11) Harlow - Councillor Swantantra Nandanwar (L)

12) Chelmsford - Councillor Mrs Theresa Higgins (LD)


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