Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhoods Board

In 2012 The Mayor of London made a commitment to establish Safer Neighbourhood Boards (SNBs) in every borough to give Londoners and victims a greater voice with regards to crime prevention and reduction. SNBs are not statutory bodies and have no statutory powers or delegated authority.

Waltham Forest SNB (WFSNB) was established in 2014 and held its first Annual General Meeting on (24 September 2014). The board’s goals are to:

  • monitor police performance using data supplied by MOPAC so as to hold the Police to account as a ‘critical friend’
  • develop engagement between the police and the wider Waltham Forest community

You can register to speak (subject to the discretion of the Chair) at the WFSNB meetings by contacting Democratic Services on 0208 496 4211 or democratic.services@walthamforest.gov.uk at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting.

Funding Click to get info

One of the responsibilities tasked to SNBs by the Mayor of London is to recommend projects to the Mayor of  London Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) for funding. A fund of £1million is available to London SNBs for crime reduction, crime prevention and community engagement activities.

The Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board has invited applications for funding from third sector groups wishing to work on crime and community safety issues in the borough.

All applications were asked to specifically demonstrate how they contribute to one or more of the following: crime prevention, crime reduction or community engagement.

Particular interest was in projects that seek to tackle:

  • Young people (engagement and diversion from crime)
  • Community engagement  (ward panels, neighbourhood watch, and stop and search)
  • Violence
  • Domestic violence and harmful practices  (including child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation
  • Extremism
  • Hate Crime

The 2017/8 funding round is now closed to new applications  - a further round is expected with initial enquiries accepted from January 2018.  Further details can be found on the Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board website.

In addition to the SNB, local residents can also help to set local policing priorities and help to reduce and prevent crime by joining their ward’s Safer Neighbourhood Panel. These meet approximately every two months. More information on the Met Police website.

Stop and search group Click to get info

The board has tasked a small group of police officers and members to examine the operation of Stop and Search in Waltham Forest in three key respects:

  • Fairness - Is the power being exercised fairly across the community or are some groups being disproportionately stopped?
  • Effectiveness - What is the return to the community, in terms of the conviction of wrongdoers relative to the costs, both in terms of police effort and community reaction?
  • Respect - Are people being stopped, the overwhelming majority of whom are not arrested, being treated in a decent manner?

Waltham Forest is introducing open meetings of the Stop & Search monitoring group from October 2017. Contact Democratic Services for more details. Attendees must agree to:

  • listen respectfully to all participants without interrupting
  • follow any directions from the meeting Chair