The Chiltern Community Forum exists principally to discuss and set neighbourhood policing priorities for the Chiltern district. It was created at the instigation of former Chiltern District Council’s Community Safety team, and works in conjunction with Thames Valley Police.
In addition, the Forum seeks to promote community engagement, and encourage involvement by individuals, businesses and other stakeholders within the area.
Browsing the FAQs below should answer most questions about the Forum; if we have missed something, please feel free to contact us and ask, or suggest additional information for inclusion.
Why does the Forum exist?
Clearly, however, there must be force-wide, national priorities. Police forces throughout the UK need to balance these with the more local demands of neighbourhood policing, just as essential in maintaining the confidence of the public.
A statutory requirement is laid down by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, that a chief officer of police must:
- make arrangements for obtaining the views of persons within each neighbourhood about crime and disorder in that neighbourhood;
- must make arrangements for providing persons within each neighbourhood in with information about policing in that neighbourhood;
- and arrangements must be made for regular meetings between persons within the neighbourhood and police officers with responsibility for supervising or carrying out policing in that neighbourhood.
This feedback assists prioritisation of resources, whilst the forums give the opportunity for the public and the Police to discuss priorities in an informed way.
Who is the Forum for?
What area does the Forum cover?
A similar forum exists in the South Bucks area.
Who is involved?
Representatives of Thames Valley Police attend all committee meetings. It is important to stress that anyone is welcome to attend and participate at committee meetings.
Prior to the move to a unitary Buckinghamshire Council, the Chiltern and South Bucks Community Safety Partnership adopted a multi-agency approach, which is generally accepted to be the most effective way to combat crime, disorder and the fear of crime within the community. A joint three year Plan was produced to address the priorities that affect both the Districts.
Organisations that worked in partnership with the Chiltern and South Bucks Community Safety Partnership included:
- Thames Valley Police
- Buckinghamshire County Council including Public Health
- Thames Valley Probation
- Community Rehabilitation Company (MTCNovo)
- Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group
- Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Town and Parish Councils
- Local Community Groups, such as Residents’ Associations, Watch Schemes, etc
- Voluntary Organisations
As at end-June 2020, we are still awaiting clarification on whether the Forum will have any role alongside Buckinghamshire Council’s Community Safety team, which has a similar objective to “work with partners to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Buckinghamshire.”
Priority Setting – the Process
Information from the survey is collated, analysed and presented at the committee meeting. This helps inform decisions on priorities taken at the meeting.
Decisions are announced on this website and elsewhere. Progress reports are presented by Thames Valley Police at the following meeting, and again these are published.
What are the 22 Priorities we can choose from?
- Anti-social behaviour
- Burglary – residential properties
- Burglary – sheds and garages
- Burglary – commercial properties
- Child sexual exploitation
- Dog fouling
- Cyber crime / Fraud
- Modern slavery
- Rogue traders/ Scams
- Drug dealing
- Theft from vehicles
- Theft of vehicles
- Violence against a person
- Rural crime
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Cyber bullying
- Criminal damage
- Knife Crime
- Other (for respondent to specify):
What are the current top three priorities?
How do I get more information on crime and policing within my neighbourhood?
Your local area pages can be accessed below:
The Police used to report on local policing priorities at Local Area Forums, and will participate in the new Buckinghamshire Council’s Community Boards. How do these relate to the Chiltern Community Forum?
LAFs met up to 4 times a year. Thames Valley Police attended LAF meetings to report on and discuss policing. This included local policing priorities, as set for Chiltern as a whole by the Chiltern Community Forum.
It is as yet (1st July 2020) unclear how or whether the Forum will interact with Community Boards.
Using this website
Chiltern Community Forum (“CCF”, “the Forum”, “we”, “us”) is an independent community body working in conjunction with Chiltern District Council and Thames Valley Police.
CCF’s principal stated objective is to set policing priorities for the Chiltern area. In addition, the Forum seeks to promote community engagement, and encourage involvement by individuals, businesses and other stakeholders within the area. The overall goal is to make the Chiltern community more resilient, and for Chiltern to be a better, safer place to live and work.
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