Agenda and minutes

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from the following people:

 

Councillor Gareth Sullivan

Councillor Anne Moore

Councillor Robert Smith (Committee Member)

Mr Mel Jehu

Councillor Martyn Jones has now left the Panel.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Mr. Martyn Jones declared a possible interest as he has been appointed to the Cwmtaf Community Cohesion Group. This was noted.

3.

Appointment of Chair pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To consider report of Simon Jones, Senior Solicitor, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Minutes:

Mr. Simon Jones advised the panel that he has checked the rules and procedures and the Chair needs a majority vote from those members who are present at the meeting today. This was agreed by the members and Mr. Jones advised that he had received a request to nominate Cllr Ernie Galsworthy for the Chair again. There were no other nominations from the Panel and so all other members agreed with the nomination.

 

Resolved that:

 

Cllr Ernie Galsworthy to be the Chair of the Panel for the following year.

4.

Appointment of Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To consider report of Simon Jones, Senior Solicitor, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Minutes:

Cllr Robert Smith is currently the Vice Chair. He has been nominated again and all members were in agreement.

 

Resolved that:

 

Cllr Robert Smith to be the Vice Chair of the Panel for the following year.

5.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

As above

6.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

As above

7.

Briefing Session

A briefing session for Panel Members will be held from 9.45am to 10.00am (approximately) prior to the arrival of any invited attendees or witnesses to the Meeting.

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the Police and Crime Commissioner is due to present on the South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan and any actions since January. The Panel members discussed this and any questions they would like to put to the Commissioner.

 

At 9:45am Cllr Kate Lloyd entered the room and gave apologies for her late arrival.

 

Cllr Peter Rees had a query regarding CCTV funding and has agreed to send the details of the request to Mr. Simon Jones in order to be put to the Commissioner for the next meeting.

 

Mr. Martyn Jones wanted to ask the Commissioner for reassurance as to the measures that are being put in place in relation to the increase in racist crimes or hate crimes since the outcome of the EU referendum on Friday 24th June. The Panel discussed these details and agreed this would be put to the Commissioner and dealt with under Any Other Business.

 

The Panel members also discussed the position of several Local Authorities who are making statements to confirm that racism and hate crimes will not be tolerated. The Panel agreed that they should make their own statement on this subject. It was agreed that Mr. Simon Jones will work with Mr. Martyn Jones to arrange this. All other members can contact Mr. Simon Jones with any information they wish to add to the statement.

 

The Chair welcomed Cllr Richard Young to the meeting and advised that as he is yet to be appointed as a member of the Panel he is present today as a member of the public.

8.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 573 KB

To receive Minutes of the Meeting held 1 February 2016.

Minutes:

At 10am the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr. Alun Michael entered the room with Mr. Cerith Thomas and Mr. Mark Brace.

 

The Chair welcomed the Commissioner and congratulated him on his reappointment. The Chair also noted that there is a new member present today, Cllr Richard Young, and then explained his current status on the Panel.

 

The Chair read through the minutes of the last meeting.

 

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 1st February 2016 be accepted as an accurate record.

 

9.

Change in membership of the South Wales Police and Crime Panel pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider report of Simon Jones, Senior Solicitor, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Minutes:

Mr. Simon Jones outlined the report for the Panel.

 

Resolved that:

 

The report be accepted.

10.

Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2016-21 - Presentation on progress, Commissioner Michael

To receive a presentation from the Police and Crime Commissioner

Minutes:

The Chair invited the Police and Crime Commissioner to present on this topic.

The Commissioner explained that the Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2016-21 will continue and the focus is now on accelerating its delivery. Mr. Michael explained further that there have been changes within the roles of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners. A new Deputy Commissioner will appointed in due course.

 

Mr. Michael then went through his presentation in detail explaining how they have designated 6 different priorities. The 6 priorities are :

 

Priority 1 – Reduce and Prevent Crime and ASB

Priority 2 – Connect with, involve and inform our communities

Priority 3 – Protect the most vulnerable in our communities

Priority 4 – Spend your money wisely

Priority 5 – Effective Criminal Justice, supporting victims and challenging offenders

Priority 6 – Contribute to the Strategic Policing Requirement and successfully police major events

 

The Commissioner then described how the categories of crimes appear on the priorities list. The categories are:

  • Violent Crime
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Mental Health
  • Equality and Social Justice
  • Violence against Women and Girls
  • Victims Services
  • 18-25s
  • Offender Interventions
  • Safeguarding children and Young People
  • Partnerships Analyst
  • Partnerships and Volunteering

 

 

Following the presentation the Commissioner welcomed Mr Geoff Petty to present on the Finance and Governance Timetable.

Mr Petty gave an overview of the significant dates and explained how certain information is reliant on outside sources such as the Home Office.

 

The Chair thanked both Mr Michael and Mr Petty for the presentation. Questions were asked by the Panel relating to the presentation and answers were given in detail by the Commissioner.

 

Mr. Martyn Jones asked the Commissioner for reassurance of the measures that have been put in place in relation to hate crimes since the EU referendum vote last Friday. The Commissioner explained that he has been in daily contact with the deputy Chief Constable regarding these matters. A statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner will be made soon. Also a report is being produced to analyse the data from the last week in comparison to previous years.

 

Resolved that:

 

The presentation was accepted.

11.

Correspondence Received pdf icon PDF 38 KB

See attached correspondence from:-

 

1) City and County of Swansea - Scrutiny Arrangements for Swansea’s Public Services Board

 

2) Committee on Standards in Public Life – PCC Ethical Checklist

 

To consider a response from the Panel on each of these items of correspondence.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair explained that the Panel has received two pieces of correspondence.

 

1)    The first was a letter received from the City and County of Swansea’s Scrutiny Programme Committee inviting a nominee of the Police and Crime Panel to join Swansea’s Public Services Board Scrutiny Performance Panel. Mr. Simon Jones advised that this is not compulsory and it is a matter for the Panel to decide if anyone wishes to attend. Cllr Paulette Rees offered to attend and the Chair agreed.

 

Resolved that:

 

Cllr Paulette Rees to attend the Swansea’s Public Services Board Scrutiny Performance Panel.

 

2)    The second piece of correspondence was a letter from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. The letter explained the PCC Ethical Checklist the Committee  has produced and encouraged the Panel to ensure the PCC has signed up to it.

A discussion followed whereby the Panel asked the Commissioner about these standards and Mr. Michael explained that he has not signed up to this checklist. The Panel challenged the Commissioner on this matter further. Mr. Michael explained that he does not want to sign up to this checklist as he is establishing an Ethics Committee along with the Chief Constable. Their committee will take the issues of standards above what is required by the checklist provided by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Resolved that:

 

The Commissioner’s comments were noted.

 

12.

Proposed Future Meetings of the Panel pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider report of Simon Jones, Senior Solicitor, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Minutes:

 

Resolved that:

 

The Panel agreed on all the dates.

 

The Commissioner gave apologies and left the meeting at 11:20am

13.

Date and time of next meeting

Tuesday 18th October 2016  (10.30am) at the Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil

 

Minutes:

 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

14.

Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair read out a note from the earlier briefing session that the Panel wishes to release a statement on hate crimes. Cllr Kate Lloyd asked the Chair if they could please include the names of the members and which Local Authority they represent.

Mr. Simon Jones and Mr. Martyn Jones will work on this and circulate to all members of the Panel.

 

At 11:25am the Chair thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting.

 

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