Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.
The Committee considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services presenting a report on Community Protection Notices and the street population in the City of London and the following points were made:
· Community Protection Warnings (CPWs) and Community Protection Notices (CPNs) were used to deal with ongoing anti-social behaviour problems within a community by targeting the individuals, premises and/or businesses responsible. The City of London Police was the only agency within the Square Mile to have delegated authority to issue CPWs and CPNs specifically for anti-social behaviour. Between August 2019 and August 2020, 81 CPWs and CPNs had been issued by the City of London Police, of which 32 had been for begging. The number of CPWs and CPNs issued by Operation Luscombe was very low and any individual going through the Operation Luscombe process identified as being at risk of enforcement was brought to the attention of statutory and non-statutory partners for support and intervention services.
· Whilst CPWs and CPNs could be modified to an individual’s specific behaviour and circumstances and include tailored positive prohibitions, this could be difficult to secure. A Member commented that there was often a reluctance of people to share details with the Outreach Team whilst the Police or Parkguard were present and it was important to ensure that homeless people and rough sleepers felt confident in sharing information that would enable them to access support and intervention services. The Member requested that details on the proportion of those issued with CPWs and CPNs with suspected mental health issues be provided following the meeting. The Chairman took the Member’s concern on board but said that this was not an issue she had witnessed when she had been out with the Police and Parkguard.
RESOLVED, that the report be noted.