Priority Setting Meetings – A History
Local Area Group (LAG) meetings were introduced by the police force a decade ago. Bramcote’s first LAG meeting was held on 24 February 2007 and attended by our local councillor, beat manager plus representatives from Neighbourhood Watches and other Community groups, in Bramcote. These meetings were held on a quarterly basis and the purpose was to discuss the results from neighbourhood surveys and what could be done regarding these concerns.
Two years later the police authorities believed by sharing resources a more efficient service could be offered to neighbourhoods. Consequently, the individual areas were grouped together in “clusters” and LAG meetings became PPACT (Police, Partners And Communities Together) meetings, in the Stapleford/Bramcote/Trowell cluster WEF 31 March 2009. PPACT was later abbreviated to PACT. The name under which the meetings were held further changed to Local Consultation Meeting (LCM) and in 2013 changed again to Priority Setting Meeting (PSM). All of these name changes didn’t alter the emphasis of the meetings – to review what the general public deemed a priority from the surveys that the Neighbourhood Beat Team (NPT) collected plus those completed online and, working together as community, discuss updates/actions.
Update – January 2017. The structure of these community safety meetings has been changed again. After six months of not receiving any completed priority surveys and with ever decreasing police resource, the decision was made to join forces with the Beeston and Chilwell clusters and to prioritise working together, rather than the setting of priorities (which rarely changed). Click here for minutes of the newly formed South Broxtowe Safer Communities Forum.