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Do you have any questions for the police in Harlow?

Crime / Thu 13th Jan 2022 am31 08:21am

HARLOW residents and businesses are being invited to submit questions on local policing which will be answered by Essex Police when they attend a meeting of councillors on Tuesday 15 March 2022. 

Harlow Council’s Scrutiny Committee is carrying its annual review of policing and community safety in the town. The public questions will help inform that review of the current issues and priorities for residents and businesses.  

Questions can be submitted via the council’s website https://selfserve.harlow.gov.uk/service/Question_for_Police

Questions can be submitted anonymously. However, anyone giving their name and contact details will be informed on whether they question has been asked and what the Police’s response was. Questions need to be submitted by 28 January 2022.

At the next meeting of the Scrutiny Committee on 8 February 2022 councillors will select the questions, which will be put to Essex Police officials when the committee meets on 15 March 2022.  

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8 Comments for Do you have any questions for the police in Harlow?:

Theman
2022-01-13 08:56:33

I only have one question. Where are they?

David Forman
2022-01-13 12:48:51

This is the question I submitted: Will the police in Harlow consider adopting a strategy in full or part known as Project Zeal to reduce shoplifting and its associated violent crime, as implemented by Nottinghamshire Police and outlined in a College of Policing articled dated 14 December 2021, its URL being: https://www.college.police.uk/article/working-retail-and-security-reduce-shoplifting Note: Project Zeal was launched to strengthen the relationship between retail, security and policing by sharing information, using technology to identify prolific offenders and tailoring policing solutions to tackle crime.

Annie
2022-01-13 15:33:51

Let us the public see the police walking the beat like they used to.

Waida Forman
2022-01-14 12:57:09

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation commissioned 'A joint thematic inspection of the criminal justice journey for individuals with mental health needs and disorders' and reported their findings on 17 November 2021 (see URL at end of this question). Please explain what progress has been made locally or at county level to implement the report's seven recommendations relevant to the police that are listed below? Local criminal justice services (police, CPS, courts, probation, prisons) and health commissioners/providers should: 10. develop and deliver a programme of mental health awareness-raising for staff working within criminal justice services. This should include skills to better explain to individuals why they are being asked questions about their mental health so that there can be more meaningful engagement; 11. jointly review arrangements to identify, assess and support people with a mental illness as they progress through the Criminal Justice System to achieve better mental health outcomes and agree plans for improvement. The police service should: 14. ensure that all dedicated investigative staff receive training on vulnerability which includes inputs on responding to the needs of vulnerable suspects (as well as victims). This should be incorporated within detective training courses; 15. dip sample (outcome code) OC10 and OC12 cases to assess the standard and consistency of decision making and use this to determine any training or briefing requirements and the need for any ongoing oversight; 16. review the availability, prevalence, and sophistication of mental health flagging, to enhance this where possible, and to consider what meaningful and usable data can be produced from this; 17. assure themselves that risks, and vulnerabilities are properly identified during risk assessment processes, particularly for voluntary attendees. They must ensure that risks are appropriately managed, including referrals to Healthcare Partners, Liaison and Diversion and the use of appropriate adults; 18. Police leadership should review MG (manual of guidance) forms to include prompts or dedicated sections for suspect vulnerability to be included.

Waida Forman
2022-01-14 17:22:28

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation commissioned 'A joint thematic inspection of the criminal justice journey for individuals with mental health needs and disorders' and reported their findings on 17 November 2021 (see URL at end of this question). Please explain what progress has been made locally or at county level to implement the report's seven recommendations relevant to the police that are listed below? Local criminal justice services (police, CPS, courts, probation, prisons) and health commissioners/providers should: 10. develop and deliver a programme of mental health awareness-raising for staff working within criminal justice services. This should include skills to better explain to individuals why they are being asked questions about their mental health so that there can be more meaningful engagement; 11. jointly review arrangements to identify, assess and support people with a mental illness as they progress through the Criminal Justice System to achieve better mental health outcomes and agree plans for improvement. The police service should: 14. ensure that all dedicated investigative staff receive training on vulnerability which includes inputs on responding to the needs of vulnerable suspects (as well as victims). This should be incorporated within detective training courses; 15. dip sample (outcome code) OC10 and OC12 cases to assess the standard and consistency of decision making and use this to determine any training or briefing requirements and the need for any ongoing oversight; 16. review the availability, prevalence, and sophistication of mental health flagging, to enhance this where possible, and to consider what meaningful and usable data can be produced from this; 17. assure themselves that risks, and vulnerabilities are properly identified during risk assessment processes, particularly for voluntary attendees. They must ensure that risks are appropriately managed, including referrals to Healthcare Partners, Liaison and Diversion and the use of appropriate adults; 18. Police leadership should review MG (manual of guidance) forms to include prompts or dedicated sections for suspect vulnerability to be included. Link to report: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprobation/inspections/a-joint-thematic-inspection-of-the-criminal-justice-journey-for-individuals-with-mental-health-needs-and-disorders/

Waida Forman
2022-01-14 17:25:33

Link to report following my questions https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprobation/inspections/a-joint-thematic-inspection-of-the-criminal-justice-journey-for-individuals-with-mental-health-needs-and-disorders/

Tony Edwards
2022-01-14 22:53:35

if you have any questions please be sure to submit them on the link given by the 28th January https://selfserve.harlow.gov.uk/service/Question_for_Police

DJ
2022-01-17 15:59:27

What happened to the much advertised (at the time) Police tactic of having "on the beat" police on bicycles of a few years ago? It was very popular with the public and most people in general. I don't remember the scheme being officially abandonded, it seems to have just fizzled out. Mind you , this was back in the days when we had a properly resourced Police Service , so maybe I have just answered my own question.

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