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Contact: Tracey Knight - Tel 01706 922227
Ian Rigby agreed to chair the meeting and welcomed everyone, the code of conduct was referred to, in particular the addition stating that alcohol is not permitted during the meeting.
PACT - Greater Manchester Police
MacGregor introduced himself and his Officers and explained that he
wanted to attend the meeting to provide an update to residents on
current policing resources in order to better manage their
expectations. It is a difficult message
that he wanted to impart personally as he understands the value of
straight talking. The service is poorer
than that of ten years ago and Officers are not able to provide the
same response due to the loss of 1,800 Officers during the last
eight years, which is saddening. When
assessing reported crimes they are prioritised using threat, harm
and risk criteria, victims of serious crime can be assured that the
Police will be there to protect them, less serious crimes will
however be dealt with based on priority. Recent serious crimes were referred to, and Insp
MacGregor stressed that he doesn’t want residents to be
victims of circumstance and his Officers are determined to do their
best with the resources available. He
is keen to move forward positively, move past the anger and
consider new ways to work. PSCOs Tracy
and Katie were introduced; they are both new to the area and bring
with them a lot of experience.
Reported ASB incident figures
· The recent increase in burglaries is not unusual for this time of year. Operations will be running to alleviate the number of incidents. A third of these incidents are due to insecure properties.
· The Cray has experienced a recent spate of racially aggravated offences. Officers are working in partnership with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to address issues, and enquiries are ongoing.
· The safe plate scheme event on 13 October 2018 was successful with over 40 vehicles taking part.
· GMP are hoping to receive their evidential speed gun in January 2019.
· There are 249 call handlers on the 101 call centre, some of which are still in training.
· 3.50 seconds is the average call answering time.
Rochdale Division - calls via 101 and live
· How many Officers are there in the Pennines?
15 Response Officers; 6 Neighbourhood Officers (not including other departments e.g. CID, Organised Crime, etc)
· A resident thanked the Police for their honesty and said that the figures don’t appear ... view the full minutes text for item 2.
Milnrow and Newhey Resident Watch
David Kendall, founder of the group, introduced himself and firstly addressed the following issues already raised in the meeting.
· The reason for the group not being fully operational is because they don’t want to rush; it is crucial that the project is managed properly and safely.
· The offer of help with governance was appreciated but the group have already sought and accepted governance advice.
gave some personal background and explained that he had been
invited to speak at the forum following a recent meeting with GMP
and Pennines Township where it was evident that the joint vision
for the community seemed like something everyone can all work on
· Extend the project into the wider community not just online
· Promote looking out for and getting to know your neighbours
· Having a mechanism to report anything suspicious or impart intelligence
· Having Police crime statistics that reflects the issues affecting the community
· Improving relations and reporting via local Police Officers and PCSOs
Residents have already started working together and, thanks to
the work Gill has put in, they have gained the support from local
businesses and schools to run different schemes to improve the
issues they are having and provide each other with
There will be training needs for the group and
volunteers. Councillors agreed to
support a Pennines Township funding request for this purpose.
The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record apart from the following corrections:
· It was noted that Mr Turner had attended the meeting but his name was omitted from the list of attendees.
· The lodge referred to is Coronation Lodge in Newhey and not Newhey Lodge as previously recorded.
Action 4: Report issues to Highways (Tracey
There are a number of Remembrance parades and
services that take place across the Borough each year. A group of representatives met prior to
Remembrance Sunday to plan this event. Typically groups involved in planning these events
can include representatives from a number of organisations,
including the Police, the Council, Royal British Legion, Veterans
Associations, and Mayor’s Office. There is no one person or group with overall
responsibility for the events, they are organised and facilitated
by the collective and usually run with precision.
External Funding Update
Any Other Business
forum was advised that as of April 2019 this will be a paperless
meeting to fall in line with other Council meetings. We will continue to email papers to attendees but
will not be providing paper copies on the night.
Future Meeting Dates