Community Crime Commission's Report Published
Community Crime Commission publishes its findings
Following the biggest public consultation in its history, Redbridge Council last year identified issues that most concern residents and established an independent Community Crime Commission to advise on ways to tackle them.
After months of consultation and discussion the Commission – comprising residents, community leaders and experts – has now published its findings.
Along with partners including the Metropolitan Police, the Council has already responded to the report, pledging action. In addition to restructuring and reprofiling resources to meet the recommendations, the council have further committed to additional investment to ensure that the recommendations are developed.
The Chair of the Community Crime Commission, Dr Javed Khan OBE, said: ‘Fresh, practical ideas for solving difficult problems come from the people who live with those problems every day. This process, of genuine community involvement in tackling crime, has been ground-breaking. We are pleased that the Council is already acting on our recommendations.’
The Leader of Redbridge Council Jas Athwal said: ‘We thank the Commission for its work and look forward to delivering on its recommendations. The process represents a step-change in how local people can engage with public services. Their experiences of what we do and their ideas on how we can better work together is helping create a safer borough. We are now focusing on the issues we know concern them.’
What is the Community Crime Commission?
The Community Crime Commission is a panel of 16 commissioners, made up of local residents and people who have a strong connection to the borough, such as those who have worked in Redbridge.
What does the Community Crime Commission do?
As an independent body, the Community Crime Commission has been investigating five areas of crime and will propose solutions to help tackle the root causes of crime. This will then be adopted by the council and our partners such as the police, healthcare providers and voluntary organisations.
How is it independent from the council?
While Redbridge Council has helped with establishing the commission, they have been free to set their own agenda and recommendations.
What powers do they have?
The commission does not have any powers of enforcement and cannot create any byelaws, but they have created a detailed report on their findings which can be adopted into policy by the council and other organisations including the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) as well as the Government.
Who will be working with the Community Crime Commission?
In addition to hearing evidence from external agencies such as the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the police and other agencies with links to tackling crime, the commission has been supported by the Community Voice group. The group, formed by Redbridge Council, is made up of a diverse collection of residents who are able to share their opinions and feedback from a wide range of Redbridge communities.
Why have we set up a Community Crime Commission?
Redbridge Council has implemented a number of successful crime tackling schemes in recent years but we are always looking to adapt and improve what we do. We acknowledge that we can’t get things right all the time and so we see the benefit in asking for the opinions of others, especially residents and improving our services on that feedback. A Community Crime Commission is the perfect way for us to link the people of Redbridge into our policy making.