To obtain the best results from ward panel meetings we recommend that each panel has an agenda that as closely as possible resembles the recommended agenda, as stated in the Ward Panel Handbook on page 15.
Apologies and Introductions
Minutes and actions from the last meeting
Police actions on the previous priorities
Police report on crime, ASB, ward panel survey results and activity
Agreeing priorities and actions on them
evaluating and suggesting community contact sessions
any other business
date of the next meeting
It proves very beneficial if point 4 gets processed in each meeting because the majority of ward residents use the survey rather than attend in person. If all those in attendance get to know that certain points are already known through the survey, then that frees up time for other issues and those in attendance do not have to highlight this again.
Ward Priorities cannot be set by the panel if survey results are not being disclosed to the panel.
The Ward Panel Handbook states throughout the composition of membership should be wide-reaching and include local partners as well as representatives of community groups.
page 10 the ward panel structure
page 11 – 12 recommends community representation
page 17 – 21 crime comparisons are very important to highlight types of crime and how they varied over time
Point 5 Community concerns can be wide-reaching and include anything from ASB to Hate etc.
Community Contact sessions, in point 7, can be addressed with Councillors attending and together with point 6, each SNT Team can actually request Assurance Patrols in conjunction with registered Police volunteers.
We ask all of you to actively communicate with your Ward Panel chair or SNT officer in charge to request an effective ward panel procedure.
The famous Hendon Police Academy in Hendon, hosted a Hydra session for IAG members. The tech-driven teaching strategy provides a events simulator, which involves various agencies for problem solving. These tech suites are used to train police officers.
I met members of the Hackney IAG last Sunday.
IAG members can also be Neighbourhood Watch members. IAG consult on specific aspects of communal issues.
At this moment in time I am having problems location any details about the Tower Hamlets Independent Advisory Groups. I could find a query on the MOPAC website from 2006.
IAG groups give special advise on
Gypsy and Traveller
Gun crime in the Black Community
Sapphire (rape and sexual offending)
Safeguarding of children
Operation Blunt (knife crime)
I am awaiting actual details and shall up-date ASAP
Tower Hamlets Police have sent us an up-date on the result of operation sceptre, an initiative designed to ramp up activity to suppress knife crime and wider violence
A vast range of activity was carried out by officers across the Met, including targeted patrols in violence hotspots; warrants to target high harm offenders; and weapons sweeps in areas known for stashed weapons. Officers also worked closely with British Transport Police during knife arch deployments at transport hubs, aimed at deterring people from carrying weapons and drugs on the train and tube network. Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was also used by Met and City of London officers, targeting those carrying and supplying drugs on the roads in and out of London. Crucially, there was also a focus on education, diversion and prevention, with officers engaging with 10,563 young people; community members and business owners. While conducting community weapons sweeps, local officers worked side-by-side with community members, listening to their concerns and searching for hidden or discarded weapons. Officers, Met Special Constables and Volunteer Police Cadets also carried out 290 retailer visits to educate businesses and ensure they were not – and do not in the future – selling knives irresponsibly. In total, the operation, which ran from Monday, 15 November to Sunday, 21 November 2021, resulted in (Met-Wide): • 290 knives recovered; • 937 arrests; • 82 warrants executed; • 186 community meetings and educational events, engaging with 1,206 individuals; • 264 school presentations and engagements, involving 8,063 young people; • 2,745 weapon sweeps. We wanted to let you know our local results for this week of intensification, for Tower Hamlets and Hackney, which are as follows: 137 weapon sweeps. 13 knives found. 51 arrests with 11 for weapon offences. 18 test purchases We visited all of our Habitual Knife Carriers who were engaged with by our integrated gangs unit or Violence Suppression Unit.
Over 1200 children engaged with through schools presentations or the Junior Citizenship Programme. Our local plan was led by our Violence Suppression Unit and supported by partners at both Tower Hamlets and Hackney local authorities. We send our gratitude to all of our partners who supported the initiatives across the week.
We all have a part to play in tackling violent crime, and we encourage you to share the following information amongst your organisation/teams: Taking a stand can be as simple as giving information about crime or those who carry a weapon. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families. Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life
Please also note you are welcome to report anonymously to the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association directly using our online form.
Beautiful day for the beautiful game! Today we kicked off National Hate Crime Awareness Week with a football tournament. People from across our community came together through a love of football to take a stand against #HateCrime#NationalHCAW
Disability Hate Crime Workshop
Met Police are holding a workshop on Disability Hate Crime on 12/10 @ 11:30, as part of #NationalHCAW, in collaboration with @RealDPO and @TowerHamletsNow. Join us to raise awareness of hate crime, learn how to report it and where to access support. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/BHmWLxF0xr
Where Altab Ali Park, Adler St, London E1 1FD, UK (map)
When: Friday 15th October 2021
Time: 2.15 – 5.00pm
Where: Meeting at Shaheed Minar Memorial in Altab Ali Park and walking to St John’s Church, Bethnal Green.
2.15pm: Walk Route
Please note: The walk will be on the pavement.
We will set off at 2.30pm on a route taking us through Brick Lane, past the location of one of the nail bombing attacks of 1999, then on to Bethnal Green Road, past Weavers Field, heading back to Whitechapel Road, before turning on to Cambridge Heath Road and heading to St Johns Church on Bethnal Green.
3.30pm: Event at St John’s Church
Speeches from representatives of peace supporting organisations talking about the impact of hate crime
Ansar Ahmed Ullah – Altab Ali Foundation
Maggie Pinhorn – Tower Hamlets Women’s Network
Mark Paterson – ELOP & Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum
Mark Healey – 17-24-30- National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Alan Green – No Place For Hate Forum & Interfaith Forum
Superintendent Andy Port – Neighbourhood Policing, Central East – Hackney and Tower Hamlets
Councillor Sirajul Islam – Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Tom Moore and Co-founder of The Captain Tom Foundation, has joined Neighbourhood Watch Network and Co-op Insurance to help us find the nation’s most remarkable neighbours.
To nominate your
NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR,
YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR (21 years and under) or
In partnership with Universal’s The Croods 2: A New Age and Co-op Insurance Neighbourhood Watch Network are super excited to launch a competition to design a CROODS 2 INSPIRED TREEEHOUSE and WIN IT for your LOCAL COMMUNITY.
We want children up to the age of 16 to design their very own #Croods2Treehouse for their local community. What’s more, the winning entry will be brought to life and built within a nearby Wildlife Trust location to be enjoyed by the public for years to come.
Running online 20-21 November 2020, The Festival of Discovery aims to help people connect through lively discussions, entertainment, things to make and do and real-life stories from communities across the UK.
Join Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and many more special celebrity guests and contributors as they set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.