Local Councillor Briefings
September 17th, 2020
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have a statutory duty to listen and respond to public concerns regarding crime and policing.
In Cambridgeshire, the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby, does this in a number of ways including offering 1-1 surgeries for members of the public and regular meetings with community groups and leaders. He also provides regular group meetings for parish, town, city, district and county council representatives to discuss community safety initiatives in the area and issues of local concern.
Councillor briefings are held every other month on a rotating basis for each of the six council districts of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. As a result of the current Covid-19 health emergency, these are offered as video conferences, using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams), in line with social distancing guidance.
See our full list of forthcoming dates for group Councillor briefings . Councillors can register their wish to (virtually) attend by emailing: email@example.com and stating which council they are representing.
A generic email informing Councillors of forthcoming dates are also sent to council Clerks and Secretariats for them to circulate to their own Councillors.
Any Councillor representing the area covered by the briefing is able to attend the virtual meeting. The Acting PCC is also in attendance, as well as an officer representing Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Councillors attending a briefing will receive a diary invite which will include a MS Teams link and joining instructions. An agenda is sent to attendees near the date of the briefing.
Each briefing session begins with general housekeeping which includes explaining to attendees the format of the briefing and introducing the Acting PCC, staff members from his office (the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)) and any external contributors present.
Depending upon the briefing topic, external contributors and/or presentations from staff from the OPCC and community members representing community safety schemes within the relevant district may be delivered.
The briefing is an opportunity for Councillors to learn about community safety schemes and projects which are being run in their area by community groups, community safety partnerships etc, which they may wish to get involved in, support or promote. They are also an opportunity for Councillors to raise local concerns on behalf of the communities they represent at the end of each briefing.
Any local issues raised are then dealt with or responded to by the appropriate organisation.
A summary of the discussions at the briefing will be taken and will be published on the Acting PCC’s website along with any presentations given during the briefing.
After each briefing attendees also receive an email which contains any presentations given and a summary of further sources of information and signposting that had been discussed at the briefing.