On behalf of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership I would like to thank the emergency services involved in the ongoing work of responding to COVID-19 including all the staff and officers of the London Ambulance Service, the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police.
Thank you to our emergency services, from the Chairman of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership Board
I would also like to thank all the organisations of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership who have worked together over the last nine months to develop and implement of new ways of working in order to minimise disruption to services and to enable the Partnership to continue to work with the community to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, helping to ensure that Barnet remains one of London's safest boroughs.
Throughout this year the strategic and operational sub-groups of the Barnet Safer Communities Board have been actively working to maintain a focused and coordinated approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Barnet, as well as responding to Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls, Serious Violence, high volume acquisitive crime such as burglary and delivering the Barnet Prevent Strategy.
Conscious of the potential increased risks of Domestic Abuse due to the lockdown earlier this year, the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership implemented a fourfold increase in the frequency of its Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) meetings. As a result, there is now a faster turnaround between referral of complex Domestic Abuse cases and multi-agency risk review and implementation of risk reduction plans.
We have also introduced a Serious Adult Violence Panel to help enhance the multi-agency response and set of interventions available for adults (aged 18+) considered at risk of involvement in serious violence. Since commencing in May 2020, the panel has coordinated the delivery of enhanced interventions in over 30 cases.
Finally, it is great news that the Council’s Community Safety Team, together with the Met Police Designing Out Crime Team have been successful in bidding for and securing funding from the Home Office Safer Streets grant. The Home Office Safer Streets Fund is aimed at preventing high volume acquisitive crime such as burglary. As a result, a total of £301,162 has been secured to fund designing out crime prevention measures focused on reducing burglary in the vicinity of Hendon Park NW4 (including Park View Gardens NW4).
Councillor Roberto Weeden-Sanz,
Chairman of the Banet Safer Communities Partnership Board