innovative model of community-police consultation in Islington to
engage local people on issues of public safety, crime and disorder in
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
'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
'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.'
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.