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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Report from 26 June Meeting

Probation – report on re-offending rates Solihull is 13th nationally (and Dudley first) in list of 144 authorities regarding re-offending rates.Drug services are looking at what impact their services are having on re-offending rates.  Discussion of co-locating police and probation in N Solihull.  Probation looking at developing peer mentor scheme and have secured a contract with Change UK.

Police – detection rates –  this is very crude measure of performance and can lead to perverse behaviour such as inappropriate charging. Solihull have adopted a ‘solve and resolve’ measure, so far it is too early in the year to measure performance in this.  Most serious violence  – 30% detected – 6/20 offences; vehicle crime 8.8% as very difficult to prove. Sexual offences 16% 6/34 offences; hate crime 34% 19/53 offences; flurry of hate crimes after Woolwich which has now subsided. Burglary of dwelling 14% 32/226 offences.

Violence prevention –  paper published looking at a public health approach to this.  Board discussed the findings and noted that Solihull had quite a few of the services recommended, but that most of these were Borough wide and not targeted at localities.  Report clear of risk factors and notes that prevention of violence would have a positive impact on inequality generally as the two are related;poorest fifth suffer most hospital admissions, 5 times higher than most affluent fifth. Risk factors are related to society, community, relationship, and the individual themselves.

Date of next meeting: September (exact date TBC)