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.
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I will be gradually visiting all Town, Parish and place council meetings and will attend as many community meeting as possible throughout the year gathering information about the priorities for each area and any problems the community have concerns about. I will share this information with Police, council and Community Safety Partnership as well as the NEL Engagement Officer Network, which I chair. If I can provide assistance in developing solutions through the many partnership meetings I attend I am happy to do so.
The eagerly anticipated Tommy Coyle ‘Box Clever Bus’ is due to arrive in NEL this month. It will be providing a valuable youth engagement opportunity in Grant Thorold Park on the East Marsh, twice a week (Thurs and Sat), in the early evenings for 6 weeks from 20th June and 22nd June. On the first night it will also be accompanied by the ‘Beats Bus’ and ‘Hattie’ the Stagecoach Community Bus, so there is a choice of activities for youngsters who attend.
I am delighted to advise that the Knife Angel will also be coming to Grimsby in March 2020 and I will provide updates as they become available. This impressive memorial was sited in Hull earlier this year and attracted over 50,000 extra visitors to the area including many school children who used the monument as a discussion topic for learning more about the perils of carrying a bladed weapon. The angel will support the current ‘No More Knives’ project which is being delivered by Police in partnership with Mo Timbo and the Rich Foundation in all schools across Humberside, which is currently visiting schools around North and North East Lincolnshire.
The NEL Crime Reduction Fund is now open for bids with the closing date being 21st June 2019. Application forms are available at http://vanel.org.uk/va/projects/csp-crime-reduction-fund/ Any not for profit charitable organisation can bid for funds for projects which meet the aims of the Police and Crime Plan and the NEL Community Safety Plan.
Previous successful projects include the Trin Youth Centre, Willows Youth Centre, Shalom Centre, Women’s Aid, Harbour Place, Creative Start, Fusion Boxing, Ghetto Park, Beach Hut, Grimsby in Bloom, West Marsh Community Centre, Sidney Sussex Recreation Ground, Welholme Works, Neighbourhood Watch and more. We are keen to see bids from partnerships and new applicants and new projects.
Diary for June and July
Waltham Parish Council
Dementia Friends committee
Cleethorpes Stakeholder’s meeting
ASB & Criminal Damage meeting
NELC Engagement Strategy consultation
Launch of Box Clever Bus
Haeling Showcase Event
Bradley Parish Council
NELC Place Engagement Network
Modern Slavery Board
Domestic abuse Board
Community Safety Partnership Board
Crime Reduction Funding Panel
Launch of new NEL Safeguarding Process
Community Safety Partnership www.safernel.co.uk/
Crime Reduction Fund: http://vanel.org.uk/va/projects/csp-crime-reduction-fund/