Hi, I am Matthew Wright and I’m the Engagement Officer for Hull.
My role is varied with every day and week being different, however my main role includes:
- Local point of contact for public and partners requiring support from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. So if there is an issue about how community safety is being delivered locally I want to hear from you.
- Building effective networks of partners in achieving the outcomes of the Police and Crime Plan.
If you have an idea or opportunity to make Hull safer or support people who are vulnerable then get in touch as I may be able to support you in making it happen.
- Collating information to measure the effectiveness of partnership activity in Hull against the Police and Crime Plan. This does involve looking at data and performance, however if you have feedback or case studies on what is working or not working I am interested.
- Supporting community consultation and surveys to ensure the views of the public are gathered and acted upon. It is vital that the community have a voice in what is delivered locally in their neighbourhoods and what is commissioned in Hull to keep you safe and ultimately what it is like to live in the city so I will work with partners to ensure your voice is heard.
I am out and about at community events, visit community groups and local scheme and attend numerous partnership meetings and activities so please feel free to approach me for a chat. However if you want to get in touch call me on 07464 985369 or Matthew.email@example.com.
OUT AND ABOUT
Fundays and Community Events this summer
I have had a great time over the past couple of months attending summer community days including the University Ward Beach Day, North Bransholme Beach Day and Grasby Gala. These events are an good opportunity for me meet local residents and speak them about their views on community safety and the area they live, as well as promoting local initiatives and sharing advice that helps people to stay safe. Attendance is also important in raising awareness in the role of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Thank you to the event organisers who invited me to attend.
If you have event that you think there would be value in myself or other Community Safety Partners attending please let me know.
Communities have a voice
Last month I was invited to attend resident meeting in Sutton Village and the Boothferry Estate. Both these meetings were pulled together after residents expressed concerns about criminality and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods. Both meetings attracted a large number of residents who were given the opportunity to ask police, council and fire officials questions about how they are responding to community concerns.
At both events it was clear that residents had concerns, which statutory agencies were working hard to address, however also highlighted that people were not helping authorities by reporting either over the phone or on-line. Remember Reporting helps agencies target staffing in the right place to tackle issues.
I was delighted that the Boothferry Estate residents are now a Neighbourhood Network Group working together to create a safer and more neighbourly area. For more details of how to form a Neighbourhood Network Group and the benefits visit: https://www.nnetwork.org.uk/
The OPCC Apprentice Mia Jones and I supported colleagues from Hull City Council Public Health and Playing Out Volunteers at the Play Day Event in Queens Gardens on 7th August. At the event we set a city hopscotch record, with an incredible 738 participants, which highlights that young or old, you can have fun outside with a bit of chalk and bundles of enthusiasm.
The aim of the push was to engage Hull residents with Playing Out, a popular, quickly growing project that allows people to apply to close a residential street to through-traffic for a few hours so children can play safely in the road.
Hull City Council project organisers support those applying for the road closure and provide road closure signs as well as simple play equipment for those who host a session. The number of Playing Out locations has more than doubled this year, after it launched in 2018. Two schools have also taken part. Find out about organising a Playing Out session http://www.hull.gov.uk/communities-and-living/neighbourhood-teams/playing-out-hull.
Hull Crime Reduction Fund
The Hull Crime Reduction Fund Round 2 closes for applications on the 30 September.
If you have an idea that meet one or more of the Hull Community Partnership Priorities and you work for a Not For Profit Organisation that operates in the city you could apply for a one off grant of up to £10k.
For full details and how to apply visit: https://www.humberside-pcc.gov.uk/Community/Hull-Crime-Reduction-Fund.aspx
Help Us Help You – Report issues
The Police and other Community Safety Partners work hard to keep you safe and deal with neighbourhood issues. In order to do this they need to know what issues are taking place in communities and this comes from you and your neighbours.
Sadly many people don’t report issues for a number of reasons, such as leaving it to others to report, frustration at a perceived lack of action or due to previous difficulty/time taken to call the police and other agencies in the past.
But did you know that there are a range of online channels for reporting - crime, anti-social behaviour, information about those involved in crime and other community issues - which maybe quicker and easier for you?
Below is some guidance around online reporting channels for the police and other agencies.
Online reporting to the Police
- Non-injury collision online when it has occurred in the Humberside Police area. The collision needs to have occurred on a road or in a public place where there was damage to another person’s property. You can report a non-injury collision online at https://www.reportingcrime.uk/HPRoadTrafficCollision/
- A non-emergency crime is a crime that does not require an emergency response such as reporting burglary of non-domestic or commercial premises e.g. sheds and outbuildings, theft, criminal damage or theft from or damage to vehicles.
Report them online at https://www.reportingcrime.uk/HPrisk/
- Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work, online or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.
Report it to Humberside Police online - https://www.reportingcrime.uk/HPhatecrime/
Report it anonymously to True Vision - http://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
Online reporting of those involved in crime - Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers are an independent charity who allow members of the public to anonymously report people involved in criminality in their neighbourhood. The information is then passed onto authorities to support them in tackling criminality and bring offenders to justice. You can call the charity on 0800 555 111 or report incidents online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form
Online reporting of anti-social behaviour – Hull City Council
Anti-social behaviour includes:
- Misuse of public space - groups of people congregating in green spaces designed for recreation such as parks and sports fields. These groups could be drinking alcohol, dropping litter and dangerous items such as broken bottles.
- Intimidation and harassment - verbal abuse, actual violence and threats of violence
- Noise nuisance - loud music, televisions or dogs barking
You can report incident by calling Hull City Council on 01482 300300 or report incidents online at https://myaccount.hull.gov.uk/Pages/Form%20Pages/Antisocial-behaviour-report.aspx
Online reporting of Flytipping – Hull City Council
Fly tipping is an environmental crime and Hull City Council treat it very seriously and will pursue those responsible where evidence is available to identify and locate those responsible
If you find fly tipped waste:
Online reporting of fraud or scams - Action Fraud
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for Fraud and Cyber Crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded of experience cyber crime. You can report and get advice about fraud or cyber crime by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report incident online at https://reporting.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting.
In addition you can report attempted fraud or scams at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
Online reporting of untaxed vehicles – DVLA
If you see an untaxed vehicle on a public road, you can report it. Your report is anonymous and will be investigated. You can check vehicles are taxed and then report them if they are untaxed online at https://forms.dft.gov.uk/report-an-untaxed-vehicle/.
World Clean-up Day
This year’s World Clean-up Day is fast approaching and authorities would love to participate here in Hull with you all.
If you haven’t heard of World Clean-up Day, on 15 September last year the day united 18 million people across 157 countries and territories for the biggest waste collection day in human history. An epic 36-hour green wave of clean-ups across the globe – beginning in New Zealand and traveling around the world before ending in Hawaii. The next World Clean-up Day will take place on 21 September 2019. On that day volunteers and partners worldwide again will come together to rid our planet of litter – cleaning up mismanaged waste from our areas.
‘World Clean-up Day harnesses the power of everyday people to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens, to business, to government’
Hull City Council Love Your Street Team have lots of equipment and can arrange collection of litter after events, they are happy to help support and coordinate events and promote these to encourage participation if needed. Let them know by emailing LoveYourStreetProject@hullcc.gov.uk if you want to take part, even if it is just a quick 30 minutes or a larger event with your community groups, it will be a great opportunity to come together and raise awareness of litter on a large scale and celebrate our communities / partnerships that really make a difference to the City at the same time.
As residents the people of Hull can make a big difference in their community by getting involved in lots of initiatives or schemes as an individual or part of a group. There is lots going on but some of the activities and opportunities include:
- Become a Citizens in Policing this includes joining Humberside Police’s Special Constabulary, Community Safety Volunteer Scheme or for young people the Police Cadets. More details can be found on the Humberside Police Website https://www.humberside.police.uk/join-us
- Are you aged 11 - 17 and want to make a difference to other young peoples lives? You can help others bounce back from life's challenges by becoming a HeadStart Hull Volunteer. Find out more and apply on our website https://howareyoufeeling.org.uk/volunteering/
Follow me on Twitter @matt_8362 as I will share any new opportunity I am made aware of.