Have your say! MOPAC consultation on accessing Met Police services

MOPAC CONSULTATION on accessing Met Police services

Including public meeting…

Please help spread the word!

The Met Police have had to find £600m of savings and must save a further £400m by 2020.

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published draft plans to close costly and underused police front counters in London and provide better ways to contact the Met online. 

Doing this would help to meet growing public demand to be able to access Met Police services from smartphones, tablets and computers, whilst saving £10mill that could be spent instead on frontline policing.

Public consultation session in Croydon

The Metropolitan Police Service is holding public consultation sessions in every London Borough so that local people can learn about the changes described in this document and can give their views.

The session in Croydon will be held on:

4 October 2017 at 6.30pm
 Council Chamber
Croydon Town Hall
Katherine Street
CROYDON
CR0 1NX

There is no need to book. Just turn up on the night.


Have your say

Have your say

Read the draft strategy – an Easy Read version is also available

Review the Impact Assessment – it investigates how the draft strategy affects different groups of Londoners

You can respond in a number of ways – in person, online or by post 

Public Access Consultation
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
City Hall, More London
Queen’s Walk
LONDON
SE1 2AA

The consultation is open until 6 October 2017.

Full details, here.

 

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Updates and notices of meeting – AGM event – 4 July 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our AGM and general meeting.

A display of local information was made available on the night, with copies to take away.

 

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The notes of meeting will follow after all attendees have had the opportunity to comment.

Updates from previous meetings
None

Notices

Click on the headings for details.

Comedy Festival at Stanley Halls – 8 & 9 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Croydon Community Association’s Football competition and Fun Day – 8 July, 2017

 

 


 

 

 

Selsdon Community Picnic plus fun and games afternoon – Sunday 9 July, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inter-faith bike ride and picnic in the park – 9 July 2017 

A Croydon Faiths Together event, organised in association with Croydon Council.

Register to ride from two starting points.  Visit several faith centres en route.

There will be a stop at BoxPark.

Or just come along to join the picnic at Park Hill Park in the afternoon.

All welcome, of all faiths or none.

 

Celebration Concert at St Matthew’s, Chichester Road – 9 July at 7.30pm

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Tickets available at church on Sunday or from the box office.

 

 

 

 

 

Croydon Pridefest – July 15
An event for all the family.

The event includes a parade, live music, children’s entertainment, stalls and much, much more.

 

This event includes the opportunity to visit Saffron Central on the old Taberner House site in Queens Gardens.

Click here for more info on Saffron Central and other activities there in the lead up to this event.

Welderlies Afternoon High Tea -for over 60s, their families and carers –  26 July, 2-5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interfaith Forum – September 10

The Croydon branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is running their third Interfaith Forum at the mosque in St James’s Road.

This is a free event but booking required to help the organisers cater for numbers. For details, click here.

 

 

 

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

SNARL are looking for people willing to help leaflet areas in Croydon. 

If interested, contact CCC who can pass details on.

Purley Food Hub
 Purley Food Hub serves Croydon and the organisation is always looking for donations to support their work. A list of items sought each month is produced.  Find the list for July here.

The Refugee Centre in West Croydon also seeks donations and CCC are currently waiting to receive an updated leaflet.

 

 

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

Ward panel meetings
The local policing team will also give you details of ward panel meetings where you can receive an update on policing on the ward and feed in your views.

 

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Members have voting rights.

 

Next meeting
We are taking a break over Summer.  Next meeting should be in September.

A message from Croydon’s Borough Commander re the Met’s plan to increase availability of Taser across London

A message from the Borough Commander for Croydon is being shared by local policing teams. Just email your local policing team to receive monthly updates and important notices such as this.

His message reads,

Dear Ward Member,

I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.

The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.

We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.

The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser-trained officers with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.

It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.

The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.

Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray or indeed a firearm – which might otherwise be needed.

We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.

One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident.

As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.

Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.

Regards

Jeff

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander
Croydon Police Station

 

 

A message from Croydon’s Borough Commander

A message from the Borough Commander for Croydon is being shared by local policing teams. Just email your local policing team to receive monthly updates and important notices such as this.

His message reads,

Following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester last night, in which 22 people were killed and tens of others injured, we have increased the number of officers on duty across the Capital.

Whilst all policing operations in London are currently planned to the backdrop of a severe threat level from terrorism, officers from our event planning teams and protective security experts are now reviewing in detail all the plans for upcoming events in the Capital.

This includes smaller events which may not have had a police presence seeing a greater focus; an increase of armed and unarmed officers on highly visible reassurance patrols around key locations and crowded places and work with event organisers.

The Met is reaching out to event organisers through our licensing officers to ensure that they are given the latest protective security advice to keep their music events as safe as can be. Using our well established local and London-wide briefing systems, we are ensuring that refreshed advice is given to all those venues hosting events.

A full review of the security and policing operations for the weekend’s sporting events – the culmination of the football and rugby seasons at Wembley and Twickenham – is underway. This will include the deployment of extra armed officers.

Operation Hercules – which sees the deployment of a range of mobile and static overt armed officers – will be stepped up to protect the Capital. This is designed to make London as hostile an environment as possible for any would-be attacker. That means the locations, types of tactics and the numbers of officers deployed at once will continually change to be most effective and avoid predictability.

The Met will continue to do everything possible to protect the Capital not just through the use of armed officers but the ongoing work by specialist detectives in the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.

Commander Jane Connors, said: “As the full horror of last night’s attack in Manchester still sinks in the thoughts of all of us in the Met Police are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured.

“Here in London we are determined to do all we can to protect the Capital. That means that over the coming days as you go to a music venue, go shopping, travel to work or head off to the fantastic sporting events you will see more officers – including armed officers.

“We are used to delivering policing operations that seek to mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists. It is only right that we now take time to review those existing plans and make sure we are confident that we are doing all we can.

“As you are out and about in London please be alert – call us immediately if you see something suspicious. If you are at an event and something worries you, go straight to a police officer or security guard and tell them.”

Across London local officers are also out engaging with a range of communities as terrorist attacks can cause heightened concerns. Safer Schools officers are working closely with their schools to make sure that young people understand what the Met is doing to protect the Capital.

Regards

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

 

Stay calm

Be vigilant

Trust your instincts and

ACT if you are at all suspicious by contacting the police.

 

Updates and notices of meeting – 10 May 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting on Rubbish in Croydon – Refuse, recycling and fly-tipping.

Thanks too to everyone who booked a place ahead of the night and to the kind attendees who stepped in to help in a variety of ways on the night, including setting up, clearing away and covering the registration desk. It was appreciated.

One of the issues discussed on the night. Black bags of domestic waste dumped one night, torn apart by foxes during the night before they could be cleared.

A display of local information was made available on the night, with copies to take away.

 

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The notes of meeting will follow, followed by a council response to questions and points made at the meeting.

Updates from previous meetings

Croydon Air Quality plan
Cllr Stuart King responded promptly to a query arising from the last meeting. Residents will have the opportunity to contribute to the Air Quality Action Plan but the consultation has been postponed due to the election.

Notices

Summer Lunchtime Recitals on Fridays at Croydon Minster – Fridays from May 12
These start on Friday 12 May and run weekly, through to Friday 16 May. Feel free to bring a packed lunch. The events are free but donations are welcome. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/summer-lunchtime-recitals-on-friday-at-croydon-minster-starting-may-12/

Saffron Central
Saffron Central is the brainchild of Ally McKinlay, who crowdfunded for a  pop-up crocus farm on the empty Taberner House site. As building work has not yet started, Saffron Central have had an extension. To link with Croydon Pride on 15 July, which will be held in Queens Gardens, Ally is working on a Hearts and Flowers theme, to link with Croydon PrideFest and the Croydon Summer of Love festival being held in Wandle Park.

Work starting this Saturday, 13 May with tasks such as clearing crocuses and preparing the planting aisles. All are welcome to get involved in this community venture. Why not pop along and find out more? Donations of flowering plants, durable artwork linking to the theme, offers of help or donations all welcome!

This is just the first of many sessions where the community can get involved.  See the post here for more details.

Indoor Car Boot sale – May 13
At St Mary’s, Addington Village, on Saturday 13 May from 9am to 1pm. See:  https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/indoor-car-boot-sale-at-st-marys-addington-village-13-may-from-9am-to-1pm/

 

 

 

South Norwood’s Sensible Garden

The garden is situated in South Norwood High Street SE25, opposite the Harris Academy and near the Goat House bridge.

The workday this Sunday, as mentioned in the meeting, has been postponed as Crystal Palace are playing at home that day. Sunday 21 May is the new date.

New helpers are always welcome, particularly anyone who could offer to water the garden during dry spells.

The garden has a Facebook page. See The Sensible Garden

Helpers tend to meet on Sundays but it is not a regular arrangement as yet.

A party is planned for June 18 from 1pm, including music from the ’60’s and 70’s. Bring food and love to share. All welcome.  This event is in fond remembrance of Jo Cox MP and to honour Robbie Gibson who has been missing since June 13, 2016.

Friends Coffee morning – May 17

The Asian Resource Centre in Croydon is hosting a monthly coffee morning at CVA on the London Road, West Croydon. The next is on Wednesday 17 May from 10.30am to 12.30pm. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/friends-coffee-morning-weds-17-may-with-asian-resource-centre-in-croydon/

 

Afternoon Car Boot Sale – May 21
A series of boot sales will be held at Croydon Postal Club in Warlingham, with the first on Sunday 21 May.  Open from noon with sellers admitted from 11am. Click here for details.

 

 

Faiths Together in Croydon – Respect event – May 24
Save the date. More details to follow shortly.

Carer’s Week – 12 to 18 June
A variety of events organised for carers in Croydon, including Care’s Information Day on 14 June in the Community Space, at Bernard Weatherill House.

 

Croydon Pridefest – July 15
For details of Croydon Pridefest, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/croydon-pridefest-is-back-in-2017-save-the-date/

 

 

Interfaith Forum – September 10

The Croydon branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is running their third Interfaith Forum at the mosque in St James’s Road. Free but booking required to help the organisers cater for numbers. For details, click here.

 

 

 

 

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

SNARL are looking for people willing to help leaflet areas in Croydon. 

If interested, contact CCC who can pass details on.

Purley Food Hub
Thanks were given to people who had brought along items to the meeting to donate.  Purley Food Hub serves Croydon and the organisation is always looking for donations to support their work. A list of items sought each month is produced.  Find the list for May here.

The Refugee Centre in West Croydon also seeks donations and CCC are currently waiting to receive an updated leaflet.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

 

Next meeting
This will be announced shortly but there will be no meeting in June.

Updates and notices of meeting – 12 April 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting organised in association with London Sustainability Exchange.

 

A display of local information was made available, with copies to take away.

 

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

There may be brief meeting notes to follow, along with the presentation.

Updates from previous meetings
None

Notices

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website, with a very recent update to the latest versions. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/ Anyone can download flyers here, to share.

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

 

The acclaimed WW1 exhibition at Whitgift School, Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front,  is now offering free entry until it closes on 16 April 2017.

Permits to use the three main Recycling Centres in Croydon are now required.  These are issued to all Croydon residents who apply with correct ID.  For full details, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/permits-needed-to-use-recycling-centres-in-croydon-from-3-april/

 

The proposed new ward boundaries for Croydon have been published and today marks the start of an 8-week consultation ending on May 8, 2017 giving residents a chance to have their say before they are finalised.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

 

What’s On Croydon is a new initiative with daily listings of events for Croydon and includes a website with posters to download. Get in touch via email to find out how to get events listed and promoted. for further info see: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/whats-on-in-croydon-new-listings-of-events-for-croydon/

 

RUBBISH revisited! 
The next meeting will be on May 10 and will focus on RUBBISH – Refuse, recycling and flytipping, returning to the subject just over three years on from the initial meeting on the subject.

Questions and comments in advance of the meeting please. See website for full details, how to submit questions and how to book at https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/public-meeting-rubbish-revisited-weds-10-may-2017/

And please help spread the word.

Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign is holding a  demonstration on 10 May also outside the Sutton Civic Centre. See the campaign’s website for details here and find the event on facebook, here.

Borough-wide Residents’ Associations meeting & RA contact list
And, also on the same evening, the Croydon Conservatives are holding a meeting with representatives from the borough’s Residents’ Associations (RAs). These meetings are organised by the Croydon Conservatives and are open to representatives from all RAs across the borough and focus on information sharing and hearing the views of residents.

If you are involved in an RA who is not currently invited but would like to be and/or you know of an RA which is not listed on our list, please get in touch.

There is a Broad Green Community Spring Clean on Monday 17 April, organised by the Broad Green Residents’ Association.

All are welcome to join residents and local councillors at this event.

The organisers ask that anyone with children considers whether or not to bring them as litter picking will be alongside some busy roads.

See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/spring-clean-broad-green-on-monday-april-17-all-welcome/

North Croydon Community Group Community Garden event on 22 April

Everyone is also welcome to get involved with the community garden project being organised by North Croydon Community Group

See poster for details:

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/north-croydon-community-group-dig-it-together-event-22-april-2017-11am-to-2pm/

 

 

 

Easter services at St Michael’s
St Michael’s with All Angel’s has a number of services for Easter.  See their website for details of this and other events.

Find them on Twitter at @stmichaelsc1

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Next meeting
A meeting focussing on Rubbish – Refuse, recycling and flytipping, has been organised for 10 May 2017.  Details and links to booking here.

Updates and notices of meeting – 14 March 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting and to all who booked a place which meant the meeting started on time.  Particular thanks to Cllr Simon Brew who attended and responded to questions that arose.

A display of local information was made available, with copies to take away.

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The meeting notes will follow when finalised after all attending have had the opportunity to view and comment.

Updates from previous meetings
None

Notices

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website, with a very recent update to the latest versions. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/ Anyone can download flyers here, to share.

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

 

The next Croydon Safer Neighbourhoods Board meeting is on Wednesday 15 March 2017.The Board is funded by the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime, and aims to give the borough’s residents a voice on safety and policing issues and to hold the police and their partners to account.

The focus of the meeting is on tackling antisocial behaviour and includes a police report. The meeting will be held in the Community Space at Bernard Weatherill House, not the See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/croydon-safer-neighbourhood-board-weds-15-march-2017/ 

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Croydonites, an eclectic mix of theatre, is back for a second year in Croydon at various venues.

The festival is funded by the Council, Arts Council England and is the work of local Croydon residents.

Copies of the programme were available at the meeting and details can be viewed here.

 

LSx image – used with permission

Tackling pollution in Croydon
London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) is running a project supporting community groups to measure air pollution across London and are looking for groups in Croydon who might be interested in understanding and tackling the challenge in their area.  They would be prepared to train people and community groups to measure pollution in the area and make action plans to bring about change. There is no charge for involvement in the project.

In addition to the meeting tonight in London, which CCC has advertised, with at least one representative of a group from Croydon attending as a result, CCC has agreed to facilitate a future meeting in Croydon if there is sufficient interest. Anyone interested is asked to email CCC at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

South Croydon Community Association (SCCA) are holding a Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of 16 March 2017. This event focusses on taking the Arts forward in Croydon.   Full details can be found here.

Booking is via Eventbrite.

Croydon Debate Club
The next event will be held on 29 March 2017 at Project B. This event will involve a debate on Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan which is out to public consultation. Cllr Stuart King, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, will speak at this event.

The following is a debate with Gavin Barwell MP, pencilled in for 13 April 2017, venue and topic to be confirmed.

 

 

 

The acclaimed WW1 exhibition at Whitgift School, Remembering 1961 – Life on the Western Front,  is now offering free entry until it closes on 16 April 2017.

Permits to use the three main Recycling Centres in Croydon will be required from 3 April 2017.  These will be issued to all Croydon residents who apply with correct ID.  For full details, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/permits-needed-to-use-recycling-centres-in-croydon-from-3-april/

 

The proposed new ward boundaries for Croydon have been published and today marks the start of an 8-week consultation ending on May 8, 2017 giving residents a chance to have their say before they are finalised.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

Purley Food Hub
And thank you to those who brought along a contribution to Purley Food Hub on the night.

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Next meeting
Details of our next meeting shortly.

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