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that the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 30 January 2020, be received and approved as a correct record.
The Chairman introduced the item to the Panel and welcomed the Council’s Service Manager for Community Safety, Community Protection Team Leader, and three Community Protection Officers to the meeting.
The Chairman reminded the Panel of the information considered at the previous meeting, including a presentation delivered by the Service Manager for Community Safety and the Community Protection Team Leader, providing the Panel with a background to the service, including its structure, workload, and operating challenges.
The Service Manager for Scrutiny and Democratic Services reminded Panel Members of the terms of reference for the review as agreed at the previous meeting including; review objectives, indicators of success, methodology, and review involvement.
The report provided further information on the Ashfield Community Partnership Strategic Plan, area-based crime figures for Ashfield recorded by Nottinghamshire Police, and details of the previous scrutiny review of Neighbourhood Wardens in 2009. The Chairman further reminded the Panel of the following areas of interest for the review as identified at the previous meeting:
Understanding Public Expectations and Perceptions
The importance of ensuring Ashfield residents had clarity on the aims of the Community Protection Service and the role of a Community Protection Officer. The Community Protection Service was a key discretionary service provided by the Council, and Members wished to explore appropriate public consultation exercises involving residents and businesses in Ashfield to understand perceptions and expectations.
Members had previously identified managing and monitoring performance as an important aspect of understanding how the Community Protection Service was providing value for money in the District. Members had held initial discussions with Officers regarding potential software improvements that could improve the efficiency of the Service.
Priorities of the Community Protection Service
Officers had previously asked Panel Members to consider the primary objectives of the Community Protection Service, identified as providing a problem-solving approach to addressing anti-social behaviour, environmental, and nuisance related issues that affected the quality of life of Ashfield residents. Members were asked to consider how this could be achieved and what needed to be prioritised to do so.
Reactive and Proactive Work Planning
Members agreed that ensuring a consistent approach to understanding the main priorities of the Service and ensuring work planning was both reactive and proactive was essential.
Partnership working was intrinsic to the Community Protection Service within the Integrated Services Hub and Ashfield Community Partnership. Members recognised the importance of ensuring these partnerships worked collaboratively and wished to explore this as part of the review process.
As membership of Scrutiny Panel B had changed since the previous meeting, the Chairman introduced the Service Manager for Community Safety to provide an overview of the Community Protection Service, including details of the service plan, any recent restructures, how the Service aligned with the Council’s Corporate Plan, and the day-to-day operations of Community Protection Officers.
When setting terms of reference for the review and considering review involvement, Panel Members had previously identified the Council’s Community Protection Officers and the importance of including them in the review process ... view the full minutes text for item SB.15