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[…]

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[…]

Standardising E-CINS Work Practices

by Michael Raywood, Senior Tenancy Enforcement Officer, Housing, Brighton & Hove City Council Michael has been using E-CINS as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Tenancy Enforcement Service and is championing Sussex’s efforts to develop standardisations in E-CINS working practices. As such, Michael is seeing his role increasingly develop as an unofficial E-CINS adviser to other counties looking to gain knowledge and best[…]

HMIC cite E-CINS in PEEL report

The HMIC – PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme) report gave Sussex Police a “Good” in several areas of ASB. Use of Police Tactics:  Partnership working and information sharing “Sussex Police has developed a commendable range of mature partnerships which are helping it to prevent and reduce crime. These are characterised by routine sharing[…]

‘E-CINS is of significant strategic importance to the country’

by Gary Pettengell, Founder and MD Empowering-Communities In March we are having a meeting to brief a government department on E-CINS. This is because in their words ‘E-CINS is of significant strategic importance to the country’. I have been asked ‘why you?’ or ‘how have you managed to achieve what people said or thought couldn’t[…]


Over 100 delegates from organisations including the Police, Probation, Fire Service local government, Housing Associations and voluntary groups braved the floods on Wednesday 28th November to travel to Staffordshire’s Police HQ for the inaugural E-CINS ‘Turning Local Good Practice into National Best Practice conference’. Delegates came from as far as Devon and Cornwall and the[…]