Your police, your say – borough roadshows

435_200_large_stripMOPAC (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.

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.

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Your local faith forum

Map of London Boroughs from South London Inter Faith Group

How are things going with your local faith forum?

  • Are local councils (& police, NHS) able to reach their local faith communities to discuss priority issues?
  • Do religious groups contribute to policy and decision-making?
  • Education ♦ hate crime ♦ cohesion ♦ Prevent strategy ♦ equalities/discrimination ♦ stop & search ♦ planning ♦ neighbourhood policing ♦ health care ♦ employment ♦ emergencies ♦ end of life care – what are the issues that deserve attention?
  • Who sets the agenda?  Who is involved?  Who pays?  How does it work?
  • How do SACRE and Borough Deans fit in?  Is inter faith dialogue one of the activities?
  • What happens when key people leave?  Is limited time used well?
  • Twitter, texts, meetings, websites, blogs – what works best?
  • Is the future bright & rosy?  Or not?

LBFN’s next meeting is in King’s Cross, Camden next week.  Come and hear what’s going on across London.  Contribute your own experiences and ideas.

LOCOG‘s Duncan Green will also be with us with an update on Games 2012.

Tuesday 7th December

Coffee & arrivals 9.45am, meeting 10am-12.30pm.

Contact the convener asap or leave a comment here if you are planning to come – look forward to seeing you there.