Venue: Online Teams Meeting
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Christine Richards and Councillor William Evans.
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
No declarations of interest were received.
Councillor Richard Young be re-appointed as Chair and Mr Melvin Jehu, Co-opted Member be re-appointed as Vice Chair of the Panel.
Amendment on page 3 to read (Umar Hussain) instead of (Uma Hussain).
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 30th January 2020 be accepted as true record subject to the amendment listed above.
Following discussion with the Panel it was
a) The following scheduled meeting dates (as listed below) be agreed.
Tuesday, 15th September 2020 (Annual Report)
Tuesday, 8th December 2020
Thursday, 28th January 2021 (Precept Meeting)
Tuesday, 27th April 2021
Tuesday, 1st June 2021 (Annual Meeting)
b) The Work Programme up to and including the Panel’s Annual Meeting in 2021 be prepared by the Panel.
The Chair welcomed the Commissioner and his Team to the Meeting and invited him to provide an update on the South Wales Police response to policing the COVID-19 national emergency.
Councillor William Evans joined the meeting at 11.33 a.m.
Councillor Bernie Bowen-Thompson left the meeting at 12.20 p.m.
The Commissioner and his Team provided an insight in to the work undertaken with particular reference made to:
· Continuing police work within the community
· Work undertaken by Emma Wools on the release of prisoners and domestic violence
· Local resilience forum work
· Jury trial difficulties and possible options available
· Strategic board meetings
· Community Safety Board
· Additional enforcement powers
· National and Regional responses
· Fixed Penalty Notices
· Staff extraction levels
· VE Celebrations
· Drug market (innovative, but more exposed)
· Volunteers/Special Constables
· Violence Against Women
· Impact on Social Services
· Early Custodial Release Scheme
· Female Offending Blueprint
The Commissioner made further comment on:-
· Substance misuse
· George Floyd death
· Statement made by Chief Constable
· Deviation in England and Wales rules
The above matters were discussed in detail.
Panel Members endorsed and supported the statement made on ‘Black Lives Matter’.
The Panel also thanked the Commissioner’s Team for the work that has been undertaken and the excellent report provided.
The Commissioner thanked the Panel for the comments regarding ‘Black Lives Matter’ and the solidarity of views.
Simon Jones advised Panel the next meeting will be on 15 September 2020 (Annual Report and half yearly financial report).
a) The Panel notes the content of the report and the significant ongoing activity by South Wales Police and Commission during the COVID-19 outbreak.
b) Following questions received from Panel it was agreed that further detail be provided to Panel at the next meeting on the following:-
· Fixed Penalty Notices and the financial implications
· Domestic violence and DRIVE during pandemic
· Impact of VE Celebrations
· Calls to 999 and 111 statistics
· Exploitation of older people by telephone scamming during COVID-19
· Track Trace Protect (requesting bank details)
· PCSO Powers
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair.