Barnsley District Command Team Meeting



In Attendance:

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke (Chair)

Superintendent Liz Watson, Operations

CI Andy Hodgkinson, Response

CI Debbie Mahmood, Safer Neighbourhoods

DCI Craig Jackson, Crime Manager

Mary Verity, Business Manager

Amanda Tankard, HR Operational Partner

A/PS Kieran Frain, Staff Officer

Sandy Powdrell, HR Operational Delivery Team





Copy to:

Rachel Lilley, Barnsley District Liaison Officer

Lisa Ingham, Finance Officer





1.1 As above.



2.1 The minutes of the last meeting dated 2 September 2014 were agreed as an accurate record.

2.2 Superintendent Watson was congratulated on her promotion to Chief Superintendent at District. Superintendent Watson will take over the role on 18 November 2014.



3.1 No actions.



4.1 Sandy Powdrell is the Senior HR Operational Partner for both Humberside and South Yorkshire. Her role specialises in operational delivery in terms of sickness absence, attendance management, performance and grievance. Claire Baggs heads the Operational Delivery Team (ODT) and Kim Williams is responsible for HR Shared Services, which deals with the transactional side of HR.

On a monthly basis, the ODT will issue a HR report, which will be shared with the Command Team. The report contains absence performance data, which will allow Barnsley to compare itself to other Districts across the Force. Annually, the national average for hours lost to sickness is 3.8% for Police Officers, the average for Barnsley is 2.3% (Police Officers 3.6% and 3.7% for Police Staff). From August 2013 to August 2014, Barnsley lost 1,296 Police Officer hours and 281 Police Staff hours. Respectively, this equates to £31k and £4.5k in monetary value.

The aforementioned report also contains details of staff outside the attendance criteria and officers/staff subject to supportive management actions. Thirteen Police Staff and 53 Police Officers at Barnsley are currently outside the attendance criteria.

In terms of sickness, ie. Recording and closing reports, chasing welfare and sick notes etc., Humberside records sickness slightly differently. The Force has a hotline, which the individual contacts to report sickness and they are responsible for closing it on their return to work. SYP Comms has recently conducted a pilot where the line manager will contact a sickness hotline on behalf of their staff and the information is input straight onto the system. Analysis is taking place to determine how successful this has been.

Going forward, Sandy advised the intention was for herself and/or Vivienne Davison to meet with a member(s) of the Command Team on a monthly basis to discuss both key and complex cases in terms of attendance management, sickness absence, grievance and performance, dealing with the individuals on a holistic basis. It was suggested that Sandy link into the newly established District HR meeting, the first meeting being held on 28 October.



5.1 Summary of Year to Date Performance re. PCC Targets

All crime is currently up by 7.6% (578 offences).

ASB is up by 4.3%.

Burglary dwelling is up by 14.4% (65 offences).

Vehicle crime has reduced by 8.9% (83 less offences).

Criminal damage has increased by 13.5% (165 offences).

Violence with injury is up by 22% (148 offences).

Hate crime is up by 4.3% (2 offences).

Other thefts are up by 189 offences. This does not include shoplifting. PS Norton has been tasked with some work around purse thefts; there are also issues around mobile phone thefts in night-clubs.


5.2 Forthcoming Events/Operations

The Mischief period is approaching. Key challenges are anticipated in terms of ASB and criminal damage. Diversionary activities have been planned and a resource matrix produced.

There were some elements of disorder at the Barnsley-v-Bradford match on 12 October 2014, which drew media interest.


6. Closed.



7.1 Update from Key Force Meetings

CSE. Due to issues around CSE, an increase in PPU resources is being looked at.

Chief Superintendent Brooke recently delivered a presentation on CSE to the Safeguarding Children’s Board. He will present to another meeting later in the month.

PCC. The departure of the PCC and implications around that have been discussed with the SCT and at the Policing Board.

District Review. All Crime Investigators have been served with 30 days’ notice.


Chief Superintendent Brooke will meet with the Leader of the Council to discuss neighbourhood policing.

Mental Health Concordat. Superintendent Watson recently attended a Mental Health Concordat, a national declaration where all multi-agencies sign up to improving mental health provision including diversion and early intervention. Superintendent Parker has arranged a declaration meeting on 6 November 2014, which will comprise the Heads of the four Districts, Mental Health Providers and CCG’s. Following this, each locality will be expected to produce an action plan. Alison Rumbol is the lead for Barnsley.


Custody New Build. A team from Wilmott Dixon attended the meeting to discuss the new build and issues surrounding this.

Atlas Court. A productive meeting was held with Tracy Potter and Adele McGowan regarding streamlining some of the demand management approaches, the management of diaries and bureaucracy surrounding these. Details will be cascaded to staff.

Offenders. An agreement has been reached with the YOT and CJAD to implement a pilot for the management of young offenders. This will focus more on YOT intervention.

ASB. New ASB legislation will be introduced on 20 October 2014, which will reduce the number of powers from 19 to 6; ASBO’s and Section 27s will also be replaced under this. Seminars have been held for staff in relation to the legislation; an E-Learning package is also available. Further, a presentation has been circulated.

7.2 OMA Financial Commentary

To be discussed within the Business Plan meeting.

7.3 Closed.

7.4 Business Plan

Business Plan Projects. All the projects have been reviewed. DI Fitzgibbons will be asked to provide an update in respect of CSE.

7.5 Human Resource Issues


Awards. Planning is on track for the District Award Ceremony. Chief Superintendent Brooke has written to both the successful and unsuccessful candidates. Citations have yet to be prepared.

7.6 Performance Visit Action Schedule

Deferred to the next meeting.

7.7 Audit Reports

No items.

7.8 Temporary DS – Performance Crime

The vacancy in Performance Crime was discussed. DS Tony Coy will replace DS Andrea Gilbert in due course. In the interim, an Acting Detective Sergeant is required. To be discussed further outside the meeting.

7.9 SCT Papers for PCC

Nigel Hiller has issued a report reminding all managers of the process for the submission of SCT reports. All reports should be submitted via the District Business Manager.



8.1 Media. Candy Silver has been identified as the new Barnsley Rep for media.
















Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 - 10:00