The Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) had its first meeting on 24th September 2014. It replaces the former Community Safety Board, and formed under guidelines laid down by MOPAC. Its purpose is to "...set local policing and crime priorities, monitor police performance and confidence, and fulfil a number of other important functions". Members are appointed for a period of three years, after a rigorous selection process.
The SNB works with MOPAC to recommend the allocation of annual funding for local projects which aim to benefit community safety in Waltham Forest. Ideas for new projects are warmly welcomed, and the SNB may be able to offer advice on meeting the strict MOPAC requirements:
Meetings take place several times a year. Only appointed SNB members may participate, but Waltham Forest residents will normally be welcome to attend as observers as space allows, at the discretion of the Chair. Our Terms of Reference were revised, agreed and adopted at the meeting on 21 March 2016.
(All dates are confirmed.)
|17 Nov 2014||19:00||Town Hall||Draft (pdf)|
|19 Feb 2015||19:00||Town Hall||Draft (pdf)|
|4 June 2015||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda|
|29 June 2015||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda|
|21 Oct 2015||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda||link|
|10 Dec 2015 (AGM)||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda||link|
|21 Mar 2016||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda||link|
|16 May 2016||19:00||Town Hall||(Project funding panel)||link|
|13 Sept 2016||19:00||Town Hall||Cancelled|
|22 May 2017||19:00||Town Hall||(Project funding panel)||link|
|2 Oct 2017||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda||link|
|27 Nov 2017||19:00||Town Hall||Agenda (AGM)|
|22 Jan 2018||19:00||Town Hall|
|26 Mar 2018||19:00||Town Hall|
|21 May 2018||19:00||Town Hall||(Project funding panel)|
|30 Jul 2018||19:00||Town Hall|
|3 Sep 2018||19:00||Town Hall|
MOPAC provide extensive data on crime and police performance on their website. There are a number of "Dashboards" which present information in a graphical format for ease of understanding. This information is available to anyone.
Recently, MOPAC have introduced a new dashboard specifically tailored to the needs of Safer Neighbourhood Board members (login details on request). This will be replacing the periodic policing performance summaries from MOPAC:
The Safer Neighbourhood Board supports a Monitoring Group ("SSMG") which meets regularly with police officers to discuss issues surrounding "Stop & Search", recognising that this is both an essential prerogative of police in the fight against crime and also the subject of controversy from time to time. The Group welcomes new members who may have a continuing interest in this topic - anyone who wishes to know more is warmly encouraged to contact the SNB Chair (see below). The SSMG operates under Terms of Reference agreed at a meeting in April 2016.
Recently, MOPAC have introduced a dashboard, updated monthly with details of Stop & Search activity across London, and it is possible to select Waltham Forest by clicking on the map. More information about Stop & Search is available here.
|9 Oct 2017||19:00||Town Hall||Open meeting|
|15 Jan 2018||19:00||Town Hall|
You can contact the SNB via the Council's website, or via the current Chair, Philip Herlihy (Tel: 07931 546660). Email:
Note: this "blog" is provided by the present Chair for the convenience of Board Members and others. There is also a useful web-page within the Council's site here (but it may not always be as up-to-date as this one!).
Updated 28th September 2017)