How E-CINS has Become a Strategic Platform in Northants

by Simon Clifford, Director of Technology and Digital Transformation at Northamptonshire’s Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Data Sharing Lead – County E-CINS Board Northamptonshire is fully committed to data sharing with its partners to reduce harm and increase public safety. It uses E-CINS as a strategic platform to support this, and would welcome[…]

Multi-agency safeguarding and the role of Community MARACs

Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. But issues that can lead to an adult or young person becoming vulnerable can be complex and multidimensional.  A number of Government reports have reiterated the need for agencies to work together to ensure that safeguarding decisions are based on a comprehensive[…]

Equipping NPT’s
 With Improved 
Local Information

Cleveland Police is making use of analytical mapping technology to give greater information to officers as to what is happening locally. By combining three software programmes, IMAP, E-CINS and NICHE, Neighbourhood Police Teams are able to greatly improve their knowledge of what’s happening in a specific area and where the vulnerable members of their community[…]

Thank you for supporting 10 years of Empowering-Communities

It was the year of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the rebuilt Wembley Stadium opened to the public for the first time and Celebrity Big Brother was launched on Channel 4.  2007 was also the year that Empowering-Communities was founded by CEO Gary Pettengell, following a successful 20 year career involved in[…]

Flagship Cambridgeshire Scheme Goes From Strength to Strength

Fenland District in Cambridgeshire pioneered the very first E-CINS scheme in 2010 to manage ASB and victim-focused operations across Fenland as part of the Victims First pilot. Information sharing was the main focus of Fenland’s ASB Scheme and, as a cloud-based system, was revolutionary in its ability to enable the ASB team to communicate and[…]

Cambs Leads The Way On Conditional Cautioning

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is pioneering an initiative on E-CINS aimed at helping low-level offenders make amends for their crimes and avoid a court hearing. In conjunction with the Liaison and Diversion Scheme East of England, the offender’s issues are identified and appropriate conditions are set as well as the timeframe in which it needs to be[…]

Peterborough Pilot Reduces Low-Level Offending Through
 Pioneering Integrated Offender Recovery Programme

An intensive support programme to help the recovery of vulnerable people who commit low level crime is reducing offending levels across Peterborough. The Integrated Offender Recovery Programme (IROP), thought to be the first of its kind nationally, focuses on helping people with mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues, who are vulnerable and can be[…]

E-CINS Forum and Working Groups Launched

Several schemes and users have identified the need for a National E-CINS Forum and I am now in the process of setting one up. I have listed some of the areas of business E-CINS is used to manage below. It therefore makes sense to have a number of working groups under the Forum umbrella. Each working group can[…]

Football Partnership, Cooperation and Engagement

A dedicated gallery has been introduced on E-CINS to manage issues including Violence, Disorder, Disruption, and Damage perpetrated by spectators at football sporting events. These are termed as ‘risk supporters’ – the College of Policing definition of a risk supporter is: a person, known or not, who can be regarded as posing a possible risk[…]

Case Study – Racial Abuse Victim

A recent case highlights the ways 
E-CINS is being used successfully by Voice to assist in the management of Victim Support. The Issue A female victim first had contact with Voice after experiencing an assault linked to on-going issues with a neighbour. The referral came from the police after which a Support Worker made contact[…]

Strategic and User Group Meetings

E-CINS in Northants is currently governed by a Strategic Meeting but to facilitate with the operation of E-CINS across county a User Group was introduced with the following aims: Ensure E-CINS is used as the primary ASB case management system across the partnership as per ASB Countywide Strategy. Increase the use of E-CINS within organisations[…]

Anti Social Behaviour

Using E-CINS to Manage ASB and Street Community

By Sgt Julie Parsons, Manager ASB Unit & Rural Crime Team, Northamptonshire Police Case Management and Meetings We use E-CINS for all ASB cases which meet the criteria for case management, starting mostly with Police Safer Community Teams. We have a specialist ASB Unit who take on referrals when the cases need the expertise. Many[…]

Why Equal Input is Key to Success

Nottinghamshire is one year in to a two-year project to prove the benefits of E-CINS within six defined workstream areas across the county: • Vulnerable Persons Panels, dealing with a critical few who are the most vulnerable in the county; • Anti Social Behaviour; • Victim Support; • Restorative Justice; • Integrated Offender Management. •[…]

Thirteen Joins Forces with Cleveland Police to Tackle ASB

Cleveland Police and its community safety partners have recently “gone live” on the Anti-Social Behaviour module on E-CINS and Thirteen Group, the largest social housing provider in the North East, is included as one of those partners. The web based ASB case management module allows community safety partners to work together more effectively and efficiently.[…]

High-Tech Way to Deal with ASB Launches on Teeside

High-tech way to deal with antisocial behaviour launched on Teesside Cases of antisocial behaviour in Cleveland are to be dealt with more efficiently between police and partner agencies thanks to a new high-tech computer system. E-CINS has been funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger to act as a central hub for information, bringing[…]

Brief User Guide to E-CINS for SPOCS

Purpose of E-CINS for ASB victims The point of entering information onto E-CINS is to keep a record so that other relevant agencies can view the actions we are taking to protect victims. Any number of users can access the same profile at the same time. In this and other ways E-CINS enables a dialogue[…]

Running meetings on E-CINS

More and more practitioners are finding new ways of using E-CINS in their day to day administration including running meetings which has become very popular due to the time and money savings it brings. Whether its team meetings or multi-agency meetings, there’s many benefits you can get from E-CINS including: The ability to run paperless[…]

E-CINS working groups and the importance of showcasing best practice

by Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Sussex Police Headquarters and PS Melanie Locke, Force Wide Partnership for E-CINS, Neighbourhood Policing Branch, Sussex Police E-CINS Working Groups are becoming increasingly popular with a number of counties now holding them frequently. Sussex were one of the first to recognise the benefits and have been instrumental in advising other[…]

Case Study: 
problem neighbour harassing council tenant

by Michael Raywood, Senior Tenancy Enforcement Officer, Housing, Brighton & Hove City Council The Issue A tenant was suffering from violent incidents and abuse from a homophobic neighbour. The Approach Information relating to the tenants and the incidents were recorded on E-CINS. Even though the police worked different shifts to our own staff we were able to communicate in real-time[…]

E-CINS – Managing ASB victims and witnesses

by Annabel Tate, Senior Tenancy Enforcement Officer, Brighton & Hove City Council I joined the Council Housing ASB team in Council Housing in 2010. We work with council tenants and leaseholders who are experiencing ASB and with any neighbours, regardless of tenure, who might also be affected. My role is Victim and Witness Risk Assessment[…]

Case Study: ASB and Racial Abuse by Neighbour

by Toni Dean, Chichester NPT, Sussex Police The Issue The subject was experiencing racial abuse and anti-social behaviour issues with their neighbours including verbal abuse, loud music, frequent problem visitors, harassment, intimidation and racial abuse The Approach Actions and processes undertaken included: Local officer visits to the victim and perpetrator’s addresses Housing officer visits were[…]

Case Study: Unauthorised Encampments of Travellers

by PCSO Colin Booker, Chichester Issue Chichester District saw 52 unauthorised encampments during the period 1st February 2013 to 1st October 2013. The encampments were spread across the District and on a mix of private land and local authority land. Whilst some of the encampments were present, reports were received regarding anti-social behaviour which included; Generators being[…]

Managing ASB and Hate Crime in Chichester

E-CINS – Managing ASB and Hate Crime – Empowering-Communities’ Heather Ette interviewed Toni Dean, ASB and Hate Crime Co-ordinator for the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Chichester for Sussex Police.  HE: What does your day to day work entail and what are your main aims? TD: My main aim is to reduce Hate Crime and Anti Social Behaviour in the Chichester[…]

Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Team Presentation by Gary Dewey

Biography Gary Dewey is acting Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Adur and Worthing Councils and has been a member of the Council’s Safer Communities Team since 2009. Gary has been instrumental in developing and embedding a number of initiatives and approaches in the management and reduction of Anti-Social Behaviour. A retired Police Officer, Gary has undertaken[…]

Case Study: Vulnerable Adult and ASB

Case Study: Vulnerable Adult and ASB by Gary Dewey, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator, Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Team The subject presented with a learning disability, suffered long standing depression and was anxious about an ongoing dispute between himself and his neighbours (some 10 years), involving allegation and counter allegation between all parties concerned. Allegations made to a[…]

Speaker Summaries: Peter Castleton – Community Safety Manager, Brighton & Hove City Council

“In Brighton we piloted E-CINS with ASB only, we’re two and a bit years in and we want to get it completely right in that area of business before we start rollling it out into other areas such as DV which is likely to be the next area we use E-CINS for.   Overcoming Barriers[…]

Speaker Summaries: Dave Palmer – Sussex Police

“E-CINS was already in place when I came into it around 5 months ago and I am working with Pete and other agencies to take it forward.  The lead agency originally was responsible for disseminating all information.  You would go to the meetings, you would take the phone calls and emails and, like Mel said,[…]

Speaker Summaries: Melanie Locke – Sergeant, Sussex Police

“I was ASB and Hate Crime Coordinator within the city of Brighton when we went over to E-CINS and we are now very close to getting 60-70% of the force signed up. We’re going across different galleries as we move and next week we’ve got a force wide conference where we’re pushing and delivering E-CINS. […]

Sussex E-CINS Conference 5 December 2013

Just two weeks after the success of the E-CINS National Conference, Sussex Police held their own User Group Conference in Slaugham with 120 representatives from across the county attending the event. The Sussex conference, which focused on Engaging Partners, was spearheaded by E-CINS Champion and practitioner, Sergeant Melanie Locke of Sussex Police. Speaking after the[…]

Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Team Presentation by Gary Dewey

Biography Gary Dewey is acting Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Adur and Worthing Councils and has been a member of the Council’s Safer Communities Team since 2009. Gary has been instrumental in developing and embedding a number of initiatives and approaches in the management and reduction of Anti-Social Behaviour. A retired Police Officer, Gary has undertaken[…]

Focus on: Sally Watson, Communities Officer, Suffolk

Empowering-Communities’ Heather Ette spoke to Sally Watson, Communities Officer (Safe), Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils HE: Where do you work, what is your role and how does E-CINS fit into the work you do? SW:  I work for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils as a Communities Officer (Safe). I have only been in[…]

Case Study: – ASB, Street Drinking & HiMOs

by Inspector Barry Thacker, Force Partnership Liaison Officer, Safer Derbyshire` The Issue Mr & Mrs O have lived at their current address for 20 years and Mr & Mrs C have lived at their home address for 6 years. Both have kept detailed ASB diaries since the initial report was made in 2009. The owner[…]

Case Study: Anti-Social Behaviour and Rehousing

by Andy Solomon, Ipswich Borough Council The Issue: Samantha is a 21 year old single female who has been known to agencies for several years for petty crime, drugs and general ASB issues. She left the family home after many disturbances and managed to get housed in a private landlord property in a quiet side[…]

Focus on: Andy Solomon, ASB Team Leader, Ipswich Borough Council

Empowering-Communities’ Heather Ette spoke to Andy Solomon, ASB Team Leader of the Community Protection Team at Ipswich Borough Council HE: What issues were you looking to address when you first started using E-CINS and have you found your use of it has expanded or developed into new areas since then? AS:  Our issues were agencies not[…]

Case Study – Vulnerable Family and ASB

by Andy Solomon, ASB Team Leader, Ipswich Borough Council The Issue: The case started to escalate when an 8 year old boy (Tom)  threatened the victimised family with a knife. Tom was from a family who had recently moved into the area and very little was known about them. It was later established that there[…]

Keep Calm We’ve Got E-CINS

E-CINS may have been described as “The grass roots worker’s holy grail” but Inspector Barry Thacker from Derbyshire Police is taking it to a new level with his latest corporate gift for his E-CINS team. The “Keep Calm We’ve Got E-CINS” mug will be adorning the desks of Derbyshire’s ASB team. Good luck Derbyshire and[…]

Case Study – Vulnerable Adult

by Andy Solomon, ASB Team Leader, Ipswich Borough Council The Issue A 23 year old single female in an RSL property, she is vulnerable and was persuaded to give up her 2nd floor one bedroomed flat to two friends of her cousin, who came from London, whilst she moved out to live with the cousin[…]

Speaker – Rachel Tucker, Waveney District Council, Suffolk

Rachel has worked for local government since 2004 and studied the Management of ASB at the Anglian Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2006. She is currently Anti Social Behaviour Officer, Active Communities at Waveney District Council. Previous to this she was a volunteer special constable for nine years taking on numerous roles from recruitment to working[…]

Speaker – Melanie Locke, ASB and Hate Crime Coordinator within the City of Brighton

Melanie is a sergeant with Sussex Police, she has 24 years of experience in a variety of roles from responding to emergency calls to working on complex murder cases. Melanie is the event manager for Evolve, the support group for female staff and a Protest Liaison Officer, involving her meeting with protest group leaders and[…]

Nothing being done! – Complaint by a member of the public (ASB)

Issue: A member of the public complained to the police in Brighton that nothing had been done about the anti-social behaviour she had reported. Approach: The duty Inspector logged into E-CINS and looked at the case, history and actions log. The Inspector was able to create two A4 pages of actions that had been carried[…]

ASB, Child Protection and Domestic Violence

Issue: A case was reported relating to a family who were being subjected to some abuse from local children. Approach: A low level Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) case was entered on E-CINS. Current Situation: The case started to escalate when an 8 year old boy threatened the victimised family with a knife. The 8 year old was[…]

Cross border, multi-agency offender management and ASB

Issue: The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in Waveney, Suffolk had created a profile on E-CINS for an ASB perpetrator. This person was sent to prison and near the release date they were informed that the person was going to be living in Norfolk. The ASB Team in Suffolk needed some way of communicating this information to[…]

Family Focus Helps to Improve Lives in Suffolk

Suffolk is the first county in the UK to expand its use of E-CINS to help support families in need. Suffolk Family Focus, a three year project focused on supporting families most in need of long term, intensive support will be using E-CINS’ unique technology to enable partnerships and agencies to “talk” to each other[…]

Westminster Briefing

Earlier this month Gary was invited to speak at a Westminster Briefing in London together with fellow speakers Roger King, Director of Safer and Stronger Solutions, Amerdeep Somal, Commissioner, IPCC, Nick Budden, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Janette York, Community Safety Consultant and Aaron Devereaux, Head of ASB, Sovereign Housing The main focus of the event[…]