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.

A new Waltham Forest SNB (WFSNB) was established in July 2018. 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

If you're interested in attending a meeting or want to find out more contact Democratic Services on 020 8496 4328  or democraticservices@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.

In August 2018 Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board requested applications for funding from organisations working within the borough who wished to work on crime and community safety projects.

The assessment process is currently underway and we will update the website once the funded projects have been announced.

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 and 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