Lambeth’s Community/Police Consultative Group and the others have rejected participation in the proposed Safer Neighbourhood Board set up by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) because the terms of reference provide no assurance that the SNB membership will not be directly or indirectly under the patronage of MOPAC/MPS and the local authority. This SNB will be in contradiction of the principles of representation, accessibility accountability and independence to which the CPCG’s membership is committed and will not be a basis for sustaining policing by consent in Lambeth.
C/PGL’s proposals and of the process over the past year can be found on its website (http://www.lambethcpcg.org.uk/54513.html)
The MOPAC Terms of Reference under which the Safer Neighbourhood Board has been set up are available at http://tinyurl.com/qjpuume
At the C/PGL meeting on 2 December at Lambeth Town Hall, 6.20 pm) the full membership will be up-dated by the Group’s SNB Working Party and be asked to endorse not participating in the Lambeth .
There shall also be also be opportunity for discussion of the options open to CPCG in terms of how it might chose, or not, to engage with the SNB going forward.
Note: As its former Secretary (1984-9) I endorse the position being taken by the Group. While the Group was accountable at that time to the Home Secretary as London’s Police Authority and received a grant from the Met on behalf of the Home Secretary, it was not controlled by either body, and acted in a very independent way, with some of its best initiatives coming from members of the public who had not only the right to contribute to its discussions, but were encouraged to do so.