Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre


No. Item


Briefing Session

A briefing session for Panel Members will be held from 10.15 am – 10.30 am (approximately) prior to the arrival of any invited attendees or witnesses to the meeting.


The Panel discussed the items that were to be considered at the meeting.


Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 83 KB


Apologies for absence were received from Mr Ian Fox (Co-optee) and Emma Wools (Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner).


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


Councillor Bernie Bowen-Thompson declared an interest as she works with Safer Wales and they receive funding from the Commissioner’s Office.


Mel Jehu declared an interest as a non-executive trustee with Safer Merthyr Tydfil and funding is received from the Commissioner’s Office.


Minutes of meeting Thursday, 4 June 2020 of South Wales Police and Crime Panel pdf icon PDF 156 KB


Resolved that:


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 4th June 2020 be accepted as a true record.


COVID 19 Update Report pdf icon PDF 356 KB

To consider the attached report


Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed the Commissioner and his Team to the Meeting and invited him to provide a briefing on the Covid 19 update report.


The Commissioner wished to thank his Team for the work undertaken during this extraordinary time of Covid 19. 


The Commissioner and Team provided detailed information on the report with particular reference made to:


·       DRIVE

·       Re-opening of Courts

·       Nightingale/Blackstone Courts

·       Operational Policing

·       First Minister’s announcement on use of facemasks

·       Partnership Working

·       Cardiff Bay

·       South Wales Local Resilience Forum


The following matters were raised by Panel Members and answered in detail by the Commissioner’s office:-


·       Facebook questions/calls received

·       Whistleblowing

·       Covid testing – access difficulties for Police

·       Drive Project coming to Swansea (practical ways of working)

·       Policing – use of face masks in stores/gathering of 30 people outdoors/returning from abroad and compliance

·       Domestic abuse and child protection (request for an update to be provided to Panel in the New Year)

·       WLGA restrictions/11 p.m. close of pubs.


Panel Members praised Police Officers for the way they were handling and dealing with Covid 19.


The Commissioner suggested that with Panel’s approval that an item be added to the December agenda to provide an update on the new BCU’s and operational policies.


Resolved that:


The South Wales Police and Crime Panel note the content of the report and the significant ongoing activity by South Wales Police and Commissioner during the Covid 19 outbreak and beyond.


Finance Report and Presentation pdf icon PDF 265 KB

To consider the attached report and receive a Presentation from the Commissioner


Additional documents:


The Commissioner and Chief Finance Officer summarised the Finance Report and advised more reference to Part C of the report would be made in the Presentation.  Information on the following topics were presented:


Part A: Provisional 2019/20 Year-End Position

Part B: In-Year 2020/21 Position for Quarter 1

Part C: Strategic & Longer-Term Financial Issues


·       Protection of Baseline Grant

·       Apprenticeship Levy

·       Funding for Cardiff as a Capital City

·       Pensions Grant

·       Preserving Existing Programmes

·       Further efficiency savings (cuts) imposed

·       Review of the Police funding formula

·       Other macro-economic issues


The following questions/matters were raised by Panel and responded to in detail by the Commissioner’s office:


·       Do we know how much Edinburgh get as a capital city for their policing.

·       Is North Ireland Police Force funding different to South Wales.


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.






CCTV Presentation pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive a presentation from the Commissioner


The Commissioner thanked the Chief Finance Officer for the work undertaken with regard to this presentation, but due to time constraints requested that a brief presentation be made and that this item be brought back to Panel for further discussion in the future.


The Chief Finance Officer referred in particular to:


·       National CCTV Working Partners

·       Our Vision

·       Short and Long Term Goals

·       Research Undertaken to Date – Key Findings

·       Project Governance Structure

·       Project Delivery Board

·       National Service Level Agreement


The following questions/matters were raised by Panel Members and answered in detail by the Commissioner’s office:-


·       Is the focus on live monitoring or evidence

·       Cost versus effectiveness

·       Engagement/consultation with the public/Local Authorities

·       Breakdown/cost implication for each Council

·       Timescales of the project

·       Are all local authorities on board with moving this project forward


Resolved that:


The Panel note the content of the presentation.


Annual Report pdf icon PDF 362 KB

To consider the attached report


Additional documents:


The Commissioner referred Panel to the Annual Report which he advised was a substantial document and thanked Lee Jones and the Team for pulling the report together.


Simon Jones provided clarity on approving this report and providing recommendations.


Resolved that:


The Panel consider, note and agree the content of the report for the financial year 2019/20 summarising formal scrutiny and engagement as required by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.



Scrutiny and Engagement Report pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To consider the attached report


Additional documents:


The Commissioner referred Panel to the Scrutiny and Engagement Report and provided a brief summary of the content.


Resolved that:


The Panel note the content of the report.


Independent Custody Visiting Report pdf icon PDF 360 KB

To consider the attached report


Additional documents:


The Commissioner provided Panel with a brief summary on the Independent Custody Visiting Report.


Resolved that:


The Panel consider and responds to the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) Report for the financial year 2019/20.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that a request was received from the Commissioner’s office to set a new date for the precept meeting.


Resolved that:


A new date of 3rd February 2021 be agreed for the precept meeting.


The Chair thanked everyone for their attendance and appreciation for the Commissioner moving the agenda along as swiftly as possible.


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