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'ISLINGTON LEADS THE WAY IN ENGAGING WITH THE POLICE '

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The Metropolitan Police Authority has established a new and...
The Metropolitan Police Authority has established a new and

innovative model of community-police consultation in Islington to

engage local people on issues of public safety, crime and disorder in

their borough.

The Islington Community Safety Board held its first public meeting

last night, focussing on the issues of anti-social

behaviour, young people, and the fear of crime.

The board, comprising representatives from the borough's diverse

communities, will make it possible for people to engage with

Islington police, the council and the MPA in constructive discussion

about crime, community safety issues and local responses.

Jennette Arnold, MPA link member for Islington, said:

'The Islington Community Safety Board has been established as a new

way for people in the borough to understand, influence, challenge and

support the policing decisions that affect the quality of our

everyday lives.

'One of the MPA's priorities is to transform community engagement to

help Londoners secure more responsive policing at a local level -

exactly what the Islington Community Safety Board has been designed

to achieve.

'The MPA is committed to enabling Londoners to have their say in

policing. It is our duty to ensure they have this opportunity to

contribute to police planning at a strategic level.

'I'd encourage everyone in Islington who can to come along and

participate and am looking forward to seeing many people at this and

future public meetings.'

Jyoti Vaja, Islington's executive member for housing and

community safety said:

'Crime affects us all in one way or another and we are looking

forward to working in with the police on issues that are important to

people here in Islington.

'The ICSB has been set up so that we can work more closely with the

police so I'd encourage residents to come along to the meeting and

have a say in the policing of your community.'

Mark Terry, Islington borough commander, said:

'I am keen to be part of the Islington Community Safety Board; to be

visible, open, honest and approachable; to be able to explain the why

and the how; to be able to show the Islington community how hard

Islington police work for the benefit of all. This is a great

opportunity for the police, MPA and the local authority; and a great

opportunity for the Islington community.'

NOTES

1. The Islington Community Safety Board is made up of 35

representatives from the borough's diverse communities and is

attended by the borough police commander, the lead councillor for

community safety and the Metropolitan Police Authority link member.

2. Islington is the first borough in London to get a community safety

board, but a number of other boroughs have already expressed interest

in this approach and some of the capital's existing community police

consultative groups are looking to adapt and restructure themselves

along similar lines.

3. Islington Community Safety Board will hold themed public meetings

one evening every two months.

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