Community Police Officers – funded by Edinburgh Council

Each council ward will be assigned 2 Community Police Officers, with an additional 7 for City Centre to aid with issues around the night time economy, as agreed at Edinburgh Council's Health, Social Care and Housing Committee today. Full details can be found at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/46716/item_76_-_police_scotland_service_level_agreement_2015-16.

Please see below the cut for the key parts of this document.

The agreement will apparently commence on 1st April (it's 21 April just now). We don't currently know how many Community Improvement partnerships (CIPs) are in place just now, nor how they will interface with Community Councils, but will report as soon as we have further information.

Community Police Officers

  • The aim of the Community Officers will be to improve community policing through high visibility, local public reassurance, prevention of crime and antisocial behaviour and community engagement.
  • The 41 community police officers will be tasked through their respective local CIP. Tasked activities will be aligned to local community safety priorities identified in the Neighbourhood Partnership Local Community Plans and Local Multi Member Ward Policing Plans.
  • The local Community Improvement Partnerships will meet on a regular basis and will identify local crime and antisocial behaviour trends, based on analytical information. This local information, aligned to local community and policing plans, will in turn identify tasks and priorities for the Community Police Officers.
  • Membership of the local CIP will include the Local Police Inspector, Council Neighbourhood Manager, a Community Police Officer and others as required.
  • A list of tasks will emanate from the local CIP which will form the basis of agreed work in the area. Local Inspectors and Chief Inspectors will pass these tasks to the Community Police Officers. If there are any problems with the range or volume of tasks requested, this will be resolved by discussion between the Local Inspector or Chief Inspector and the Neighbourhood Manager.

Abstraction protocols

  • Community Police Officers will be able to ‘book on’ their meetings and commitments locally through the Police Scotland SCOPE (HR) system in a manner that ensures they can honour their appointments in the vast majority of cases. Unless serious unforeseen circumstances (e.g. serious crime or disorder) cause exigencies, it is expected that the 41 community officers will continue to work in their local areas and on local priorities as recognised by the ward plans and where directed by the CIP.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitoring will take place through the local CIPs with information on activities, outputs and outcomes monitored through the Council analytical resource.
  • Community police officers will complete regular activity, output and outcome sheets and submit these via their local inspector or chief inspector to the Council Community Safety Analysts. The Analysts will then prepare monitoring and evaluation reports for the local and city wide CIPs and the Police and Fire Scrutiny Committee.
  • Key measures of success will include:
    • An increase in the number of people who feel safe after dark.
    • A reduction in antisocial behaviour complaints.
    • A reduction in the number of crimes reported to Police Scotland.

(Thanks to Cllr Nick Gardner for passing on this news and to Harald Tobermann for asking pertinent questions!)