Community Safety Board. Crime and Policing in Hackney Presentation to CSB 21st February 2008 Chief Superintendent Steve Dann Borough Commander, Hackney
Crime and Policing in Hackney • Current Overview – • Achievements / Highlights • Performance • Confidence levels • Key Priorities • Current and emerging policing priorities • Future Challenges
Policing Hackney • Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) described Hackney as.. ‘One of the most challenging policing environments in the country’
776 Police Officers 170 Female 606 Male 10.8% BME (8th highest in MPS) 159 Police Staff 105 Female 54 Male 34.59% BME (6th highest in MPS) 31 Specials 73 PCSO’s 49 Volunteers Policing Hackney - Staff
Policing Hackney -The Borough • One of London’s most diverse and vibrant boroughs. • More than 100 languages spoken with 170+ places of Worship • 53,000 young people under the age of 17 making up over a quarter of the population • 10-17 year olds make up nearly 11% of the population • 10 – 17 year old young people were responsible for 28% of all crime • Young people are perceived to have committed almost half (49.5%) of all Street Crime Offences.
Policing Hackney – The Borough • Majority (about 67%) live in council or housing trust owned properties • Hackney has 3rd lowest employment rate in the country • There is a high unemployment rate, particularly amongst 16 - 25 year olds • 82% of unemployed are not looking for employment (2006 Mori Survey) • Young people are more likely to be victims of crime
Quality of life – developing priorities % Most need improving locally Level of crime Clean streets Affordable decent housing Activities for Teenagers Traffic congestion Road/pavement maintenance Sports & leisure Education Health Pollution Job Public transport Cultural Wages Shopping Parks and open spaces Community activities Facilities for young children Access to nature Race relations % Important generally Base: All valid BVPI responses
Highlights of 07 / 08 • Best Safer Neighbourhood Team in the MPS (Chatham Ward) • Best Volunteer Programme – Start of 2007 we had nil volunteers, now at 49 • Leading the MPS in 2007 / 8 on Sanction Detections 30% • Successful IPT (CPS working within police station – moved from 27th in MPS to 2nd on CJ performance) • Leading MPS in Stop and Search hit rate 23% • Leads the MPS in 3 year government reduction targets with 32%
Highlights of 07 / 08 • Confidence ratings increased from 22% start of 07 to 54% • 96% feel safe walking alone in Hackney during the day • MPS PAS shows 73% of people feel safe walking alone in Hackney after dark • FIU seized £750K of criminals assets (2nd in the MPS) • Op Bantam has seized 27 firearms
Overall BCS Reduction - down 7% Gun-enabled crime – down 14% Trident Incidents – down 20% Knife crime – down 23% Serious violence – down 26% Common assault – down 17.02% Robbery – down 23.9% Residential burglary – down by 1% Theft (motor vehicle) – down 4% Woundings (ABH, GBH) - up 1% Hackney – Crime The Reality2007 / 8
BCS Crime “basket of 10” (PSA1) 12 months ending 19/2/08 compared to FY2004/4
Crime Reduction Performance This Perf Year = 1/4/07 to 19/2/08 compared to same period last year Change from FY03/4 compares with 2007 By Volume – 32nd is best and 1st worse.
Satisfaction with and Feeling Informed about local policing Question – Hackney v MPS average
Key Priorities • Perception and fear of crime • Confidence in local policing • Witness / victim confidence • Gangs and youth violence / knife crime • Domestic Violence • Impact of the 2012 Olympics
Future Challenges • Closing the ‘Reassurance gap’ • Increase confidence in policing – witness and victims • Domestic Violence • Youth Violence • Performance Targets for 2008/9
Closing the ‘Reassurance gap’ • Communication – Joint working with local authority • Targets for Safer Neighbourhood Teams • Haggerston Town Centre Team • Revitalised approach to ASB
Increase confidence in policing – witness and victims • Victim focused desk – VPCSO’s • Quality call back process • Improved Criminal Justice process – IPT • Appt of Citizen Focus Inspector • Volunteer programme • Safer Schools Partnerships
Domestic Violence • Improved initial arrest process • Increase in Detectives in Community Safety Team • Review and restructuring of joint working • Challenging targets
Youth Violence – Enforcement • Op Stabiliser • Op Bantam • Op Neon’s • Op Gamma • Op Curb – Curb Offender Management Unit • Injunctions / ASBO’s / ABC / Evictions
Mobile Gang Intervention Team Street Pastors Initiative Leadership Programme for BME Young people - Empowering youth to engage in their community. Creation of mentors Be Safe Project - Delivering targeted anti-violence workshops through community groups Prison Me No Way - Delivering crime awareness days. Appt of Gun gangs and knife coordinator – To coordinate all initiatives aiming to reduces gun, gang and knife crime in hackney. Youth inclusion Programme - The programme gives young people somewhere safe to go where they can learn new skills, take part in activities Youth Violence Diversion and Intervention
Performance Targets for 2008/9 - LAA National Indicators • Serious Violence Indicator (NI15) is showing a 26% reduction this PY compared to last however Hackney remains the 4th most victimized Borough in terms of population size within the London Boroughs. • Serious Youth Violence (Op Curb definition) is in a 10% reduction PYTD. This definition includes all serious violence as well as any violent crime involving a gun, knife or other sharp instrument where both the perpetrator and victim are aged 10 to 19 years old.
Performance Targets for 2008/9 • Domestic Violence • Serious Violence • Serious Acquisitive Crime • Youth Violence • Confidence levels • Response times