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Crime and disorder

Since 1 October 2009, the council has legally been required to have an Overview and Scrutiny Committee with power to:
  • review or scrutinise decisions made or action taken by the responsible authorities in connection with the discharge of crime and disorder functions; and

  • make reports or recommendations to Council or Cabinet, as determined by responsibility for function, in connection with the discharge of those functions.

The responsible authorities in the Bridgend County Borough are:

  • Bridgend County Borough Council; 

  • South Wales Police;

  • South Wales Police Authority;

  • South Wales Fire Authority;

  • Bridgend Local Health Board.
The legislation enables any councillor to refer a local crime and disorder matter to this Committee and have it considered, whether they are members of the Committee or not. If the Committee decides not to consider the referred matter they must provide an explanation to the Councillor, but if the matter is taken up any report produced must be considered by the parent council or relevant community safety partner, and they must spell out how they will respond and report back to the committee. (This is the so-called “councillor call for action” process.)
 
Crime and disorder matters include anti-social behaviour, behaviour adversely affecting the local environment, and misuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances.

To qualify as a local matter, the issue must affect either all or part of the electoral area that the particular member represents, or it must affect a person who lives or works in that area.    
Bridgend’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been designated the responsibilities under the crime and disorder legislation.  The Committee also oversees the decision making of the Community Safety Partnership and its constituent bodies (in respect of their community safety roles).

The overall role of the committee is:

i) to review and scrutinise the decisions made or actions taken by the responsible authorities in connection to their crime and disorder functions;
ii) to make reports or recommendations to Council or Cabinet, as appropriate, with respect to the responsible authorities’ crime and disorder functions;

iii) to consider any local crime and disorder matter referred to the committee by a BCBC councillor;

iv) to decide whether or not to make a report or recommendations to Council or Cabinet, as appropriate, in respect of a local crime and disorder matter, having regard to any representations made by the councillor as to why the committee should do so;

v) to notify the Councillor concerned of any decision not to make a report or recommendation in respect of a local crime and disorder matter, and the reasons for this.

vi) to provide a copy of any Committee report or recommendations that the committee does make to the councillor concerned, the responsible authority, and any appropriate co-operating person or bodies.

vii) to review responses to Committee reports and recommendations, and to monitor action taken by responsible authorities and co-operating persons or bodies.
 
In exercising its crime and disorder functions, the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets to consider crime and disorder matters at least once per year and in doing so may co-opt any person except a member of the Cabinet.
Last Updated: 18/08/2017
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