The monthly police City Centre Tasking meeting is tomorrow morning. The area it covers is the main City Centre retail/business district, along Broad Street/Brindleyplace, and Southside.
Are there any points you would like me to raise? If possible please send me any comments by 10am on Friday, but feel free to raise things between meetings too.
More about the Tasking Meeting….what it is, and issues so far….
What is the Tasking Meeting?
It is intended to help the police and other participants to understand and resolve on a day-to-day level whatever the issues are that bother residents, security staff, businesses, and other organisations around the city centre. Attendees try to work out the best way to tackle them together, and all attendees are expected to help and participate in initiatives in whatever ways are appropriate, not just to come along to complain. The main meeting meets monthly, sub-groups (such as the group tackling aggressive begging) as appropriate. Actions, or ‘Tasks’, are tracked.
Participants have included representatives from the Police, City Centre Wardens, Shopping centre Security, transport, residents, and so on.
Bigger, more strategic level, issues that cannot be handled in this ‘local’ ‘on-the-ground’ fashion are escalated to the Safer City Centre Forum. We also have a City Centre Neighbourhood Forum representative on this, so there will be continuity following up issues of concern to residents.
Broad Street area disruption at night
The biggest issue for residents has been that of disorder and noise in the areas near to late night entertainment areas, particularly in the side streets off Broad Street and in Southside. In the August meeting we updated on the initiatives around Broad Street to tackle these problems. During weekends in July, the police targeted the area and stopped a large number of cars. Several drivers were not wearing seatbelts. Others had the over-dark film on their windows torn off on the spot. Several other offences were discovered. The police also made their presence felt later in the night when drunken people leaving clubs often cause disruption for nearby residents. They publicised their attention on the area, including on local radio, in the hope that this too would help deter poor behaviour. The police were very pleased with the results of their actions, commenting that the number of problems they found more than justified the special targeted efforts, and also proved how justified residents had been to complain. However the kind of behavioural changes we hope for take time, so further, similar, efforts are planned.
I also raised all the other points raised to me. Many thanks!