MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) has announced the first 15 dates for this year’s borough roadshows. The Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime will be visiting each borough to update local communities on progress and to answer questions. See the dates below and follow the links – places are on a first come, first served basis. Roadshows in the remaining boroughs will take place this autumn.
- Southwark Thursday, 30 January, 18:30
- Westminster Wednesday, 5 February, 18:30
- Hackney Thursday, 6 February, 18:30
- Lambeth Tuesday, 11 February, 18:30
- Tower Hamlets Thursday, 13February, 19:00
- Bexley Tuesday, 25 February, 18:30
- Barnet Wednesday, 26 February, 18:30
- Havering Thursday, 27 February, 18:30
- Islington Tuesday, 4 March, 18:30
- Hillingdon Wednesday, 5 March, 18:30
- Camden Thursday, 6 March, 18:30
- Hammersmith & Fulham Tuesday, 11 March, 18:30
- Kensington & Chelsea Thursday, 13 March, 18:30
- Sutton Thursday, 20 March, 18:30
- Haringey Thursday, 27 March, 18:30
Following the verdict on the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan in Haringey, the appointment of an ‘Engagement Tzar’ was announced by the Metropolitan Police at the Home Affairs Select Committee. LBFN has been told that the name of the officer appointed won’t be released until a framework for this work is agreed.
Faith Forum for London’s conference last April on policing included several workshops on diversifying the police service in London and on improving local relationships. A change in policy on borough-based community-police engagement groups has led to concerns that engagement and partnership work will become more difficult, both for the police and for local communities. LBFN co-facilitated one of the conference workshops, many LBFN members attended and it remains a topic of interest. London Churches Social Action Network is discussing engagement with the police at its next meeting – contact Canon Steven Saxby if you’d like to attend.