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Meeting Details

Police and Fire and Rescue Services Committee
23 Aug 2018 - 09:30 to 10:50
Occurred

Documents

Agenda

Public Items
1 Sederunt
2 Declaration of Group Decisions and Members Interests *
1

In terms of Standing Order 20 and the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, there were no declarations from Group Leaders or Spokespersons in regard to any prior decisions taken on how members will vote on any item on the agenda or any declarations of member’s interests in respect of any item on the agenda.


3 Resolution

Consider, and if so decide, adopt the following resolution:

"That under Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting for Item 11 of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the relevant Paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act.”

 

3

The Minute of the meeting of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services Committee dated 24 May 2018 was submitted and approved.

 

Verbal Update by Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Divisional Police Commander, North East Division, Police Scotland.

 

4

At the request of Chief Superintendent Thomson the Committee agreed to the Police Operational Update being given as part of the Police Performance Report.

 

6 pdf Police Performance (116Kb)

Report by Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Divisional Police Commander, North East Division, Police Scotland.

 

5

Under reference to paragraph 13 of the Minute of the Meeting of 1 June 2017 a report by Chief Superintendent Thomson informed Committee of the performance of Police in respect of the Local Policing Plan 2017-20 and other key indicators.

 

In response to clarification being sought on inappropriate parking Chief Superintendent Thomson advised if there are road safety issues they need to be addressed however ongoing parking issues would be better dealt with through local policing teams.

 

Discussion took place on visits to licensed premises and the possibility of the information being broken down to give a better understanding of the reasons for visits, whether these be routine or because they had been called to the premises.

 

In response Chief Superintendent Thomson advised the visits were made to drive down alcohol related issues and he was of the opinion this was successful.  He undertook to explore possibilities and present proposal to a future meeting.

 

The Chair was of the opinion that Committee would be interested to see information on the Police work plan in relation to domestic abuse.

 

Chief Superintendent Thomson undertook to bring a thematic report on domestic abuse to the next meeting of the Committee.

Thereafter the Committee agreed to note: 

  1. the verbal update on Police Operational matters;

  2. that the Local Commander will continue to report to the Committee quarterly on performance measures against service objectives as articulated in the 2017-20 Local Policing Plan; and

  3. that a thematic report on Domestic Abuse will be presented to the next meeting.

 

Report by Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Divisional Police Commander, North East Division, Police Scotland.

 

6

A report by Chief Superintendent Thomson informed Committee of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) within Moray.

 

Discussion took place on the work the PSYV have been involved in and thereafter the Committee joined Councillor Leadbitter in commending the Moray Police Service Youth Volunteers for their work as stewards during the recent Food and Drink event in Elgin and agreed to note the information provided in relation to the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, particularly within Moray.

 

Verbal Update by Ian Findlay, Local Senior Officer, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

 

7

A verbal update on the work of the Scottish Police and Fire Rescue Service in Moray was provided by Mr Ian Findlay.

 

Councillor Leadbitter sought clarification on the challenges of providing welfare to officers during the recent spate of wild fires.

 

In response Mr Findlay advised there are welfare vehicles and welfare officers in attendance at incidents to ensure the welfare of fire crews.  He took the opportunity to thank local businesses and individuals who provided assistance during the recent wild fires.

 

Thereafter Committee agreed to note the verbal update from Mr Findlay.

 

Report by Ian Findlay, Local Senior Officer, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

 

8

A report by Area Manager Findlay provided Committee with information on Unintentional Harm and Home Safety both in relation to past performance and how it is intended to deliver against this priority in the future.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to note the information provided in the report in relation to Unintentional Harm and Home Safety.

 

10 Question Time ***

Consider any oral question on matters delegated to the Committee in terms of the Council's Scheme of Administration. 

 

9

Councillor Divers sought clarification on what youth work is currently being undertaken in the fire service and the possibility of Committee visiting the fire station at Gordonstoun School to see the good work they carry out.

 

In response the Local Senior Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) advised the Gordonstoun fire station was becoming more involved in operational incidents.  The SFRS is increasing the portfolio of work undertaken e.g. by including Home Fire Safety visits and giving community safety advice at events.  He further advised he would request a copy of the training schedule be provided to Committee to allow a visit to watch the training being undertaken.

 

In further response John Morgan, Group Manager, Moray Area, SFRS advised that going forward, Fire Skills, a venture working closely with youth members, was being considered and in particular how this may be funded.

 

Item which the Committee may wish to consider with the Press and Public excluded

 

Exempt Information
2

The meeting resolved that in terms of Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, that public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the items of business appearing at the relevant paragraphs of this minute as specified below, so as to avoid disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the appropriate paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act.

 

Paragraph No. of Minute    Paragraph No. of Schedule 7A 
     
 10   14 

 

Private Items
11 Police Operational Update
  • Information relating to action taken, or to be taken, in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.
Summary of Police and Fire and Rescue Services Committee functions:

The following functions of the Council shall stand referred or delegated to this Committee:

(1)     To deal with all matters relating to Police and Fire and Rescue Services in Moray.

(2)     To participate in consultations relative to national strategic plans and priorities for the Police and Fire and Rescue Services.

(3)     To work with the Local Police Commander and the Local Senior Officer for the Fire and Rescue Service to set priorities and objectives for Local Police Plans and Local Fire and Rescue Plans for Moray.

(4)     To monitor delivery of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services in Moray, providing feedback and making recommendations for improvements as required.

(5)     To call for reports from the Local Police Commander or the Local Senior Officer for the Fire and Rescue Service on issues relevant to the delivery of the Police or Fire and Rescue Service in Moray as appropriate.

(6)     To facilitate Community Planning relative to the Police and Fire and Rescue Services in accordance with statutory guidance.

 

 

Meeting Documents

There are no separate meeting documents but there may be meeting documents assigned to the Agenda.

Declarations of Interests

Visitors

Mr John Morgan, Group Manager, Moray Area, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Mr Ian Findlay, Area Manager, Aberdeenshire and Moray, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Police Scotland; Chief Inspector Maggie Miller, Police Scotland; Mr Jim Grant, Head of Development Services and Mrs Caroline Howie, Committee Services Officer as Clerk to the Meeting.

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