Barnsley District Command Team Meeting

In Attendance: 

Superintendent Liz Watson, Operations (Chair)
Mary Verity, Business Manager
CI Debbie Mahmood, Safer Neighbourhoods
CI Andy Hodgkinson, Response
DCI Mark Wilkie, Crime Manager
Phil Swain, Operational Management Accountant
Rachael Greenfield, HR Operational Partner
A/PS Rob Jenkins, Staff Officer
CI Neil Thomas, Diamond Project
Steve Godber, ANPR Technical Project Manager


Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke (Chair)
Chief Inspector Simon Wanless, Safer Neighbourhoods

Copy to: 

Rachel Lilley, Barnsley District Liaison Officer


1.1 As above.


2.1 The minutes of the last meeting dated 12 November 2013 were agreed as an accurate record.


3.1 Enquiry Desk Post.  Chief Supt. Brooke to liaise with Chief Supt. Tweed and CI Kent in respect of establishing a CCTV Evidence Review post.  Ongoing. 

3.2 Support Inspector Post.  Chief Supt. Brooke to liaise with Supt. Watson in respect of the future of the Inspector Support post.  A brief discussion has taken place but before a decision can be made, a Force update is awaited in respect of the Boards etc.  Ongoing. 

3.3 Closed. 

3.4 Defibrillators.  Chief Supt. Brooke to contact James Hannabuss, author of the business case, in respect of a possible corporate approach to defibrillator issues.  Ongoing.

4. Closed

4.1 Closed.


5.1 CI Neil Thomas presented an update on the District review.  There are four pieces of key work relating to this.  The first is a re-review of previous Diamond reviews; 11 areas are under consideration.  The second will look at shift patterns and the third will involve modelling work, looking at operating models around the country to bring into this Force.  The final piece of work relates to demand mapping.  A discussion followed regarding the reviews.  CI Thomas advised the work had to be delivered by Christmas and presented to the SCT who will use the findings to determine what shape the Force will take from next year. 


6.1 Summary of Year to Date Performance re PCC Targets

District is showing a 4.2% reduction in all crime which equates to 406 offences. 

ASB is down by 7%.   

Burglary dwelling is down by 0.2% (1 offence). 

Vehicle crime is up by 6.7% (76 offences).

Criminal damage is down by 16.6% (326 less offences).

Violence with injury is up by 11.6%.

Hate crime is up by 19% (67 offences), detections amount to 29.9%.  A new Detection Improvement Strategy has been developed. 

Positive Outcome Overall Detection Rate – District has the best detection rate within the Force with 31.4% of all crime detected.

Shoplifting is up by 4.8% (46 offences).

6.2 Forthcoming Events/Operations

 Op Lockdown will take place on 26 November 2013.

A retail crime operation is planned on the lead up to Christmas.

Staffing is in place for Op Blitz.

6.3 Continuous Improvement – Clear Ideas

A meeting will take place with Rachael Hayes on 18 December 2013 to discuss Clear Ideas in more detail.  Superintendent Watson, Inspector Wanless and Mary Verity will then pull some of the staff who have attended the Clear Ideas training together to look at resetting the iPolicing Agenda and review membership of the group.  


7.1 Closed. 


8.1 Update from Key Force Meetings

WIG.  A de-selection process will be implemented for Police Officers.  This is in the process of being finalised.     

Performance Improvement Meeting.  File quality in terms of CASPRE was discussed.

Sheffield also discussed attendance at the scene of every auto crime offence.

8.2 Closed.

8.3 Closed.   

8.4 Closed. 


8.5 Human Resource Issues


Personnel & Welfare Issues.  No items.

8.6 Performance Visit Action Schedule

A one to one Performance visit took place on 22 November 2013 between ACC Sahota and Chief Superintendent Brooke.

8.7 Audit Reports

 No items.


9.1 Oracle.  Oracle will be unavailable to all users from 26 November until 3 December 2013.

9.2 Closed.

9.3 GRS.  A new policy will be introduced on 1 December 2013 where Inspectors and above will not be able to carry RRDs but they will have to take them within a 12 month period.  It was queried whether any days owing up to that date could be red circled on GRS and the current ones used so as not to lose any days.  This will be determined when the new system is introduced.

9.4 Staffing.  PPUs are now under the management of SCS but any issues relating to the department are returned to District to resolve.  As there are concerns regarding staffing levels within the department, DCI Wilkie has circulated an email to all CID officers to determine interest in a secondment to PPU.

 A monthly PPU update has been diaried for Chief Superintendent Brooke and Superintendent Watson.

9.5 Senior CID Cover.  From 6 January 2014, there will be a change to the way Detective Inspectors provide cover.  A Force rota will replace the District one, which will mean that any updates or requests for information will have to be referred to the Detective Sergeant on duty at the time.  IDT’s will continue to provide cover on a Saturday but this could be from any one of the four Districts.  Whilst Reactive Detective Sergeants will be requested to provide information regarding ongoing cases to the DMM, any issues for the Detective Inspector will have to be referred to the On Call DI. 













Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 - 10:15