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The minutes of the meeting
held on 12 November 2021 were approved as a true and accurate record.
The Committee was
provided with an update on the Local Authorities public space Closed Circuit
Television (CCTV) provision.
Members were informed
that CCTV was a non-statutory service, however the Council was continuing to
invest due to the high importance of community safety across Neath Port Talbot.
It was also noted that the Council was developing new operating models with
various Town Councils, in which they fund additional CCTV cameras where needed
in the area; this allows the Council to scale the CCTV operation in some
locations across the County Borough.
Officers were asked if
there was a procedure in place for identifying new camera locations; the
Council needed to consider a fair and logical way of dealing with this matter
going forward, as there will potentially be additional requirements arising in
the future. In terms of the new and revised locations of the camera, as part of
the current replacement programme, it was stated that the work around this had
been completed in line with intelligence from Police colleagues and other
partners; the number of cameras weren’t increasing significantly, as they were predominantly
being installed to replace what was previously in situ. Officers provided
examples of reasons why certain cameras had been replaced, and also explained
that Police colleagues had highlighted particular areas which would benefit
from having CCTV due to anti-social behaviour. It was added that Officers had
looked into moving some cameras to different locations in order for better
coverage and balance.
Further to these
replacements, it was mentioned the Team had taken the opportunity to refresh
the CCTV estate; for example repainting the columns to promote their presence
and visibility. Officers confirmed that they would consider the comments made
regarding the need for a policy/procedure to determine future positioning of
Reference was made to the
business case relating to 24/7 monitoring; Members asked for a position update
and queried when they would be receiving a report on this matter. Officers
confirmed that it had been drafted and was currently with various officials for
comment; the aim was to bring a report to Members in the New Year for
discussions to start taking place around this. The Committee was informed that
one of the issues with moving to a 24/7 operation was that staffing needed to
be increased to cover the additional hours, which would require extra costs;
Officers explained that the replacement scheme was generating some efficiencies
and cost savings, which could be used to try and offset the costs of increasing
to 24/7 monitoring.
Members stated that
further discussions needed to take place to consider various factors,
particularly around resources, funding and how the Council progresses with
CCTV. The Deputy Leader and Officers confirmed that they would take on board
the Committees comments and concerns.
Following scrutiny, the
report was noted.
Members received the
Quarter 2 Performance Management Data, for the period 1st April 2021 to 30th
September 2021, for Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning Directorate
relating to Community Safety and Public Protection.
Discussions took place regarding
the Performance Indicators that were rated ‘Red’ on the traffic light system
detailed in the circulated repot; the Committee asked if there was a plan to
try and improve this to an ‘Amber’ or ‘Green’ rating. Members also raised
concerns in regards to the impact on resource and capacity if the demand was to
continue to increase. Officers highlighted that the RAG traffic light system
was not always reflective of the performance, instead it was reflective of the
demand on the service. It was explained that the Performance Indicator
detailing the percentage of incidents of domestic abuse where people were
repeat victims was rated ‘Red’ on the traffic light system,
as the Teams saw more repeat victims come
through the service than the number that they first anticipated. It was noted
that this could be seen as positive as individuals were accessing the service
to obtain the help that they needed; there were various complex needs of
individuals, and the more that Officers encouraged people to use the service,
the more that will come looking for support. Members were informed that
Officers were hoping to carry out a piece of work which will look at some
repeat cases in more detail, in order to check that the Team have the right
understanding and knowledge of the reasons why they were repeat referrals. It was
highlighted that the IDVA’s (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) within
Community Safety, saw a high number of victims come through the service that
had previously received support, known as ‘repeat victims’. It was noted that
this could be seen as positive, as individuals were accessing the service to
obtain the help that they need; some feel unable to fully engage with support
for domestic abuse due to the many complexities and the dynamics involved in an
abusive relationship. Officers stated that the Community Safety Team and
partners, continue to encourage victims to come forward and receive help, and
repeat referrals into the service were always welcomed. However, it was
mentioned that there was always various complex needs of individuals that could
sometimes make the cycle even harder to break. Members were informed that
Officers hoped to carry out a piece of work which will look at some repeat
cases in more detail, in order to check that the Team fully understand the
reasons for repeat presentations to the service; this work does depend on
increased demand that may result from changes to Covid-19 restrictions and the
subsequent impact this has on incidences of domestic abuse.
In regards to the Performance Indicators that were relating to referrals into the service, it was noted that the Council will continuously publicise the service and the support that was available; therefore, these figures were always likely to be rated ‘Red’ on the traffic light system. ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
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Programme was noted.
highlighted that if there were any further updates regarding CCTV, before the
end of the Civic Year, they would appreciate if a report could be brought to
the meeting scheduled for March 2022.