North East Lincolnshire
Katrina Goodhand – Engagement Officer for North East Lincolnshire
I am the Engagement Officer for the Police and Crime Commissioner covering North East Lincolnshire. It is my job to make sure that the crime, policing and antisocial behaviour issues that cause the most concern for the community are listened to and understood by Police and Community Safety Partnership teams. I represent the community at Policing meetings and on Community Safety panels and I represent the Police and Crime Commissioner at Community meetings. I do this by attending place and community meetings and events such as East Marsh United and Widows Club as well as business meetings such as Town Centre Antisocial Behaviour meetings and Pubwatch. I visit charities who are providing a community service such as Harbour Place and Women’s Aid and attend youth council and school events. North East Lincolnshire has 14 Town, Parish and Village Councils and via direct visits to councils and via the Town and Parish Liaison Committee the Police and Crime Commissioner and myself have also sought the opinions of residents of North East Lincolnshire through their local councillors. I also chair the Place Engagement Officer Network, which has representation from numerous agencies all providing some level of community engagement in North East Lincolnshire. Importantly I live and work in North East Lincolnshire so I am also a member of the community I represent.
There are a number of organisations funded via the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner including the Community Safety Partnership and I make regular contact with these organisations to ensure that the services they are funded to deliver, are relevant to the emerging issues in North East Lincolnshire and meet the needs of the community. When Keith Hunter decided that a Crime Reduction Fund could be made available to third sector organisations he passed the budget for this fund to the Community Safety Partnership to distribute this funding via a competitive process. My role in relation to the Crime Reduction Funding is to promote the funding available and sit as one of the eight members of the CRF awarding panel, the chair of which is the portfolio holder for NEL.
News in the North East Lincolnshire area
Covid 19: The wonderful volunteers of North East Lincolnshire have been coming out in force to support those who are more vulnerable or shielded. By delivering food, prescriptions, and through a befriending service, many people who would otherwise have been totally isolated or placing their health at risk can now rest assured that their community is supporting them through this terrible pandemic.
The Crime Reduction Fund was allocated to not for profit organisations just prior to lockdown in March so many of the successful projects had to defer their interventions for the time being. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have granted extensions so that the funding can be rolled forward and not spent in-year as has been the case in the past. The 2020/21 Crime Reduction Fund has now opened with round one due to close on 18th September. The applications are available for completion now by following the link HERE
Community Meetings - It has not been possible to attend community meetings during the lockdown period, but I have been working from home throughout and involved in many Teams and Skype meetings as they are being hosted by partner agencies. I have also been sharing some of the work of the OPCC and the PCC’s blog with Town and Parish councils and community groups via email.
Hopefully later in the year I hope to host a number of ‘meet the Commissioner’ events where Keith Hunter will take questions from the audience about the work he does at a national level and the work of the Office. If it is not possible to hold these meetings physically we will still host them, but via virtual network.
Another piece of work which started before lockdown, but continues now is a documentary to explain why the Alfie’s Story videos were commissioned by the Community Safety Partnership and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office. The documentary will be released imminently, but the link to Alfie’s Story which is hosted on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Not in Our Community Web page is here.
CrimeStoppers – Tel: 0800 555111 – web: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
The OPCC and Humberside Police actively promote the use of CrimeStoppers for passing information on any type of non-urgent criminal activity. CrimeStoppers guarantee 100% anonymity always which can be really helpful, particularly in small communities.
Do you have a Town or Parish newsletter?
If you would like the PCC to submit information about the work he is doing for publication in your newsletters please do get in touch and I can arrange for up to date information to be sent through. Also this website is regularly updated with information about the work of the OPCC.
Katrina Goodhand, Engagement Officer for the OPCC (North East Lincolnshire)
Tel: 07464 985368
Community Safety Partnership www.safernel.co.uk/
Crime Reduction Fund: http://vanel.org.uk/va/projects/csp-crime-reduction-fund/
Who are your community police team: https://www.humberside.police.uk/find-my-team#