Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The scrutiny committee received the updated draft of its work programme, incorporating the suggestions from the previous meetings.
Councillors discussed scrutinising the Community Safety Partnership and asking the Police to attend the meeting. The Senior Democratic Services Officer advised the scrutiny committee that it was a statutory requirement to hold one meeting to scrutinise the Community Safety Partnership. She acknowledged that previous timetables had allocated several meetings to the Community Safety Partnership Task Group.
There were options available to councillors if they had a valid community safety topic to scrutinise, including one off meetings to scrutinise a specific aspect of the partnership. However, the meeting should not be about getting information without an identified outcome or recommendation. The Senior Democratic Services Officer reminded the scrutiny committee that the Community Safety Partnership comprised a number of organisations, including the Police, Watford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and many others.
Following further discussion, it was agreed that an all member briefing be arranged to explain about the Community Safety Partnership and providing answers to the following questions –
· What is it?
· Who is involved?
· What are its aims, objectives and plan?
· How can the council help?
The Senior Democratic Services Officer added that once the councillors had received the presentation they may identify areas that needed further scrutiny. This could be discussed at a future meeting for inclusion in the work programme or as a separate meeting in December, January or February.
The chair suggested that at the meeting on 27 February the scrutiny committee could discuss how scrutiny had worked this year and if there were any suggestions that could be taken forward in the future.
1. that an all member briefing be arranged to explain about the Community Safety Partnership and its role.
2. that the work programme be updated as discussed.
Report author: Sandra Hancock
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Date of decision: 23/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee