Nov 04 2013

Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board Launches

police_lantern_2-150x150HARROW’S bid to become one of the safest areas in London has taken a significant step forward with the creation of a new board to oversee policing in the borough.

The new Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board will have 12 members of the public on its 17-strong committee – ensuring that the Board gives the loudest and clearest voice to ordinary Harrow residents in how their borough is patrolled.

The Boards are important because they are the chief way that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, plans to hold borough police forces to account for their performance. They have also been designed to ensure that victims of crime can help to set crime priorities.

A meeting at Harrow civic centre agreed to amend the constitution of the local Safer Neighbourhood Board to include:

  • Two councillors.
  • Two representatives of the Youth Parliament.
  • A representative of Victim Support, Harrow.
  • Twelve lay members.

Monday’s meeting also agreed that the meetings should normally be held in public – a fact not clear in the original proposal.

The Safer Neighbourhood Board will have a number of specific responsibilities including monitoring trends and types of complaints relating to Harrow from victims of crime and from members of the public against the Police; monitoring crime performance; playing a significant role in the Community Payback scheme under which offenders carry out local work like repairs and painting; Supporting Neighbourhood Champions and helping to establish local policing priorities.

Harrow Council will supply an officer to provide administrative support, arrange meetings, undertake research and take the minutes of meetings.

Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for community safety and the environment, chaired the Board meeting and said the new structure would give an effective platform to ordinary people.

She said: “The people who live here and walk the streets every day are best placed to talk about crime and fear of crime in Harrow. The changes we have made ensure that common sense is top of the agenda. We are lucky in Harrow to have a strong relationship with the police and a borough commander, Simon Ovens, who is totally signed up to our campaign to our borough one of the safest in London. The Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board will act as a critical friend and advisor on that journey.”

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1 comment

  1. j p hobbs

    And a Partridge in a Pear tree . lol

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