Agenda and minutes

Social Inclusion and Community Safety Policy and Accountability Committee - Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Main Hall (1st Floor) - 3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, W6 8DA. View directions

Contact: Debbie Yau  Email:

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Trey Campbell-Simon and Andrew Dinsmore.



Declarations of interest

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Councillors are not obliged to withdraw from the meeting where a dispensation to that effect has been obtained from the Standards Committee.


There were no declarations of interest.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as an accurate record and note any outstanding actions.


The minutes of the meeting held on 26 July 2023 were agreed as an accurate record.



Policing in Hammersmith and Fulham following the Casey Review

The Committee will continue its discussion about the future of policing in Hammersmith & Fulham following the Baroness Casey Review – with contributions from the Metropolitan Police, Councillors and residents.


The Chair remarked that further to the detailed discussion of the same subject at the last meeting, it was an opportune time for the Committee to review how the New Met for London Plan (NMFL) had been implemented locally. He welcomed Superintendent Craig Knight and Chief Inspector Tom Orchard to the meeting and invited them to give a presentation.


Superintendent Craig Knight briefed members that development of the NMFL model was ongoing as it incorporated local community views. The quarterly NMFL meeting held the day before in Shepherd Bush was a case in point.  The Met, according to the Casey Review, had challenges in terms of culture, trust and confidence of the community, and gender issues involving women and girls.  He said trust and confidence had been fundamental since 1829 when the Met was founded on the basis of policing by consent. He further noted that £530 million had been invested into policing under the NMFL Plan to bring about root and branch changes across London, including reviewing the right ways for effective responses to the reporting of crimes, and recruiting an additional 500 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Superintendent Knight believed that with the command team in place in the next few months, local policing would be led in a more focused way. 


Superintendent Knight further highlighted that the NMFL Plan aimed at uplifting public protection, safeguarding children and young people, and supporting crime victims, as enshrined in the legislation.  The evidence-based practices of targeting the top 100 violence against women and girls (VAWG) offenders would help reduce those who caused much more harm than the average offenders. As regards the ongoing violence on the streets, the Met would review the proactive asset under the Basic Command Unit (BCU) and he believed H&F should have a fair share.  Summing up his presentation, Superintendent Knight said he was pleased to receive significant positive feedback at the said NMFL meeting which would help the Met rebuild trust and confidence among the local residents they served. 


Workforce recruitment, vetting and retention


In reply to Councillor Omid Miri’s question about the team structure and tenure of the Met within H&F, Superintendent Knight introduced the hierarchy under the BCU Commander. Being a superintendent responsible for neighbourhood policing at H&F with Chief Inspector Tom Orchard as his deputy, he said that his current tenure in H&F was 2 years, after which he hoped to continue serving H&F while refreshing his skills set on operating policing and public order command. The post requirement for inspectors was one year and he expected they could work longer at H&F while maintaining their personal development.


The Chair asked about the steps taken to make the Met more diverse, in light of declining public trust and confidence. Superintendent Knight referred to the recruitment challenges and said that although the funding to recruit 500 additional PCSOs was in place, the issue of trust and confidence remained among potential applicants. Highlighting the challenging role as a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Date of future meetings

To note the following dates of future meetings:


·       7 Feb 2024

·       24 Apr 2024



The following dates of future meetings were noted:


· 7 Feb 2024

· 24 Apr 2024