The commission aims to tackle crime in Redbridge (credit: Google Maps)
The 16-person team, made up of residents, alongside experts in policing, education and youth work, got underway with the scheme on Thursday, 24 June.
Key focuses include tackling domestic violence, drugs and violence, violence against women and girls, anti-social behaviour, and burglary.
Meetings will be held regularly throughout this summer and be used to generate a set of recommendations which will be presented to the Council Cabinet later this year.
The key focuses were chosen using data from the largest public consultation in Redbridge’s history, in which more than 3,000 residents of all ages shared their concerns about crime.
A panel of 60 local volunteers will also run alongside the commission to ensure that views of residents are well represented.
The commission is being chaired by Chief Executive of Redbridge-based children’s charity, Barnardo’s, Dr Javed Khan OBE.
He said: “It is a huge honour to lead the very first Community Crime Commission in Redbridge. I’m convinced that tackling crime can only be done successfully if communities are directly involved, with local people having a huge role to play alongside the council, police, health services and other service providers.
“The CCC is an opportunity for us to bring all those voices together, to create innovative solutions that make a lasting difference and our communities safer for everyone.”
The commission has been delivered as part of a commitment by the leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, who said: “The Community Crime Commission is a key part of our commitment to tackling crime across Redbridge.
“We want to listen to local people, experts and the police to shape a Redbridge approach to resolving crime, making our borough safer for everyone.
“I’d like to send my personal thanks to everyone who took the time to share their experiences and ideas in our incredibly successful crime consultation earlier this year which has directly fed into the Community Crime Commission priorities.
“The CCC, led by the brilliant Dr Javed Khan and an incredibly talented panel of experts will empower local communities to play a lead role in how we tackle crime across the borough.”
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