Lewisham CPCG is an independent community forum holding public meetings where you can discuss policing, community safety and related issues with senior officers from the police, the council and other organisations.
Members include community groups, tenants associations, faith groups, Safer Neighbourhood ward panels, youth groups, local business representatives and also MPs, Councillors and Police Officers.
LCPCG are very sad to announce that Asquith Gibbes MBE, died on 16 July 2013 after a long illness. He was the first Chair of the LCPCG and carried out the role for 18 years.
He was an extremely significant figure in the history of the LCPCG and will be remembered with pride and great warmth. Over his lifetime he also held many other important roles in the Borough, particularly in the areas of tackling racism and improving relations between police and community.
Our thoughts are with his wife Norma, other family members and close friends.
The LCPCG was set up in 1986 following rioting in the early 1980’s and a recommendation in the Scarman report – the Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group (LCPCG) and their sister organisations (CPEGs) in the other London Boroughs receive funding from the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
Lewisham Police and the Council are key partners within the group and give regular updates at LCPCG public meetings. Both are also closely involved in the running of the group, providing expertise and advice to the Strategy Group.
Although this webpage is kindly provided by the council, the LCPCG is an autonomous organisation and is independent from both the police and the local authority.
Meeting Dates, meeting papers and other details of LCPCG meetings plus an archive of past meeting papers can be found through this link.
The group hold at least five public meetings during the year including their AGM in March. Subjects covered at recent meetings include Tasers, Independent Custody Visitors, Victim Support, Stop and Search, Restorative Justice, Investigations for Homicide, Missing persons, Rape reporting, Tackling Gang Culture, and more.
The Lewisham Police Borough Commander and the Head of the Crime Reduction Service will also provide updates, and members of the group are able to ask questions and to raise issues around policing and crime reduction which are affecting their communities.
We organise other outreach events such as: a event for older people, looking at scams and fraud which targets pensioners; a public discussion event at the Moonshot Centre in New Cross on Stop and Search and in March 2013 we organised a secondary school safety conference as part of our sponsorship of the 10,000 Hands Making Lewisham Safe project.
Details of these other meetings and conferences agreed by the group are published through the coordinator.
Get involved with the LCPCG
The LCPCG welcomes membership from any formally constituted group or organisation that is based in or whose membership covers the borough of Lewisham.
We are happy to come and speak about our work to any interested parties. We actively encourage membership from:
marginalised and vulnerable groups
Safer Neighbourhood ward panels
Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Membership application forms can be downloaded below or obtained from the LCPCG Co-ordinator. Once submitted they will be reviewed by our Strategy Group and then be submitted to the LCPCG members for approval at the next available LCPCG public meeting.
Statutory members of the group include officers from the local authority, probation service, police officers, crown prosecution, up to five borough councillors and the three local MPs.
Individuals can join our mailing list by signing up at a meeting or emailing the LCPCG Co-ordinator (details below) to receive regular updates as well as newsletters and details of meetings.
Our terms of reference do not allow individuals to become formal members of the LCPCG, however, the LCPCG meetings are open to all residents of the borough, members of the public and the press.
Keep in touch with the LCPCG
In between public meetings and newsletters the LCPCG send out regular emails, and you can sign up via email@example.com.
Our Twitter account is very popular @LewishamCPCG (you don't need to join Twitter to view it) and will help you to keep up with news on policing, safety and crime prevention in Lewisham, as well as LCPCG meetings, consultations and other opportunities to make your views count. We also have a Facebook group - see below.
The LCPCG has three sub-groups
This committee plans and oversees the work of the consultative group and is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and up to six Community members, who are elected at the LCPCG AGMs, as well as Senior Police and Council Officers.
Strategy group members represent Lewisham on London wide bodies and the Safer Lewisham Partnership, which is the borough’s Community Safety Partnership.
The LCPCG Chair and Vice Chair also have monthly meetings with the Borough Commander and the Head of Lewisham Council’s Crime Reduction Service.
Current membership of Strategy group
|Ward Panel Forum chair
|Stop and Search Scrutiny Group chair
|Police Borough Commander
||Ch. Supt. Russell Nyman|
|Head of Crime Reduction Service
|Police Partnership Lead
||T/Supt. Graham Price|
|Safer Lewisham Representative (Probation Service)
||Louise Hubbard |
|Police Advisory Group Chair
(coopted Feb 2013)
Ward Panel Forum
Every ward in Lewisham has a dedicated team of police, the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and also a panel of local volunteers who advise them.
The Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panels are made up of people who work, live or study on the Ward and they advise the SNT on local needs and set the SNTs policing priorities.
The LCPCG run the Ward Panel Forum three times yearly as an opportunity for panels to network, discuss different approaches used and share good practice. It is also an opportunity to become more informed about cross ward and pan-London issues, which might not come to their panel meetings in the normal way.
The meetings are attended by the Chief Inspector for Safer Neighbourhood Policing, so panels have a direct route to raise issues. The forum elects its own Chair who also is a full Strategy Group member as well as a Vice Chair.
Stop and Search Scrutiny Group
This group is made up of representatives from the community, from youth organisations, the Police and relevant Council teams as well as from LCPCG's Strategy Group. It elects its own Chair and Vice Chair, currently Emmanuel Imuere and Sadiki Harris, and the Chair is a full member of the Strategy group. In the past the group has won awards for its work.
Stop and Search Group vision
As a partnership, we will honestly scrutinise local Stop and Search/ Account behaviour, working together to ensure transparency, to assist Lewisham police to use Stop and Search/Account as an effective crime detector whilst building and maintaining the trust and confidence of the local community, in order to address negative perceptions.
The group meets regularly to monitor and discuss how the Police carry out Stop and Search and Stop and Account. Statistics are provided by the police.
The role of the group is to call the police to account for any disproportionality and to monitor the implementation of Recommendation 61 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
Recommendation 61 covers police keeping records of Stop and Searches, including reasons for the stop and the outcome - also that a copy of the record should be given to the person stopped.
In the last year the Stop and Search group have developed a website www.lewishamstopandsearch.co.uk, run workshops at a youth conference attended by all of Lewisham's Secondary Schools, and also launched their new website at a well attended community event in the Moonshot Centre, New Cross, also attended by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and senior local police officers.
They are very strongly committed to working directly with the local community.
Please follow this link for further information on Stop and Search in London from the Metropolitan Police Service.
Useful websites about Stop and Search
Hate Crime Working Party
LCPCG is currently developing a Hate Crime working party which seeks to build a collaborative approach between local authority, police and community partners. They are interested in all aspects of Hate Crime in Lewisham, and welcome any interest from new people. Please contact either LCPCG or Second Wave if you are interested in getting involved.
LCPCG reports and other reference documents
Asquith Gibbes was Chair of the LCPCG for 18 years from the founding in 1986 to 2004. At that time the group was known as the LP/CCG or Lewisham Police/Community Consultative Group. We are sharing some of his annual reports from that time, as just a small token of our appreciation for his work.