Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group 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 from churches to youth groups via Safer Neighbourhood ward panels, and business organisations. The LCPCG was set up in 1986 following rioting in the early 1980’s and a recommendation in the Scarman report. LCPCG and our sister organisations in other London Boroughs receive funding from the London 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 also provide expertise and advice to the Strategy Group and this webpage is kindly hosted by the council.
A Safer Neighbourhood Board for Lewisham?
The London Mayor has decided to create Safer Neighbourhood Boards (SNBs) in each London Borough. The LCPCG have chosen to work with Lewisham Council, local police and MOPAC to create the SNB for our borough. We are trying to ensure that the best aspects of the LCPCG will be preserved as the changes take place. These plans are continuously evolving so please see the web pages for recent meetings, or for the latest news email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list.
Details of all events are published through the coordinator. The 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 each year including the AGM. Recent subjects include Victim Support, Police use of TASERs, Anti-Social Behaviour, Independent Custody Visitors, Stop & Search, Restorative Justice, Homicide Investigations and Rape reporting.
The Lewisham Police Borough Commander and the Head of the Crime Reduction Service attend, and audience members can ask questions about policing and safety issues which affect their communities.
We have organised other outreach events such as: a event for older people, looking at scams targeting pensioners with performances from Montage Theatre Arts; a public discussion at the Moonshot Centre in New Cross on Stop & Search, Focus groups with minority communities about Hate Crime, and in March 2013 we organised and sponsored the launch of the 10,000 Hands for Lewisham campaign with a conference for all the borough's secondary schools.
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 and actively encourage membership from:
- youth organisations
- marginalised and vulnerable groups
- Safer Neighbourhood ward panels
- Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Membership application forms can be downloaded below or obtained from the LCPCG Coordinator. 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.
Individuals can join our mailing list by signing up at a meeting or emailing the LCPCG Coordinator (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 held in public so all residents of the borough, the press and any interested parties can attend.
Keep in touch with the LCPCG
In between public meetings and newsletters the LCPCG send out regular emails, and you can sign up 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.
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 Chair sits on the Safer Lewisham Partnership, which is the borough’s Community Safety Partnership. The LCPCG Chair and Vice Chair also have regular private meetings with the Borough Commander and the Head of Lewisham Council’s Crime Reduction Service.
Current membership of Strategy group
|Joint Acting Treasurers
||Chair and Vice Chair|
|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
||Ch. Insp. Graham Price|
|Safer Lewisham Representative (Probation Service)
||Louise Hubbard |
|Police Advisory Group Chair
(co-opted Feb 2013)
Ward Panel Forum
Every ward in Lewisham has a dedicated PC and PCSO, aka 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 meet regularly with the SNT to discuss local needs and set priorities.
The LCPCG run the Ward Panel Forum three times yearly as an opportunity for panels to share good practice and keep informed. The Chief Inspector for Local Policing also attends, so panels have a direct route to flag up issues of concern. 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, 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 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. The group meets with police four times per year to discuss how the Police carry out Stop & Search and Stop & Account. Statistics are provided by the police.
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, where further information can be found.
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 Group
LCPCG has developed a Hate Crime working group 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. They are currently running focus groups with local community organisations to highlight the experiences of particular types of Hate Crime. The Chair of this group is Tayo Disu, and Phil Turner of Second Wave coordinates the meetings. Please contact either LCPCG or Second Wave if you are interested in getting involved.
LCPCG reports and other reference documents
LPCCG Founding Chair Asquith Gibbes
In July 2013 we had the sad news that former Chair, Asquith Gibbes MBE, passed away after a long illness. He was the first Chair of the LCPCG and carried out the role for 18 years, building the foundations and structures which the group follow to this day.
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.
At that time the group was known as the LPCCG or Lewisham Police Community Consultative Group. We are publishing some Annual Reports from Asquith's time and are also sharing the Memorial Service programme, and tributes from the local press, as just a small token of our appreciation for his work.