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[…]

National 
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[…]

Using E-CINS to Manage Hate Crime

Northamptonshire Police started using E-CINS for hate crime/incidents in April 2016. Sergeant Steve Bedford of the Hate Crime and Incidents Project has been involved in developing the use of E-CINS from the outset and whilst working on a Neighbourhood Team volunteered his team to pilot working with the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit.  He was appointed to[…]

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[…]

Melanie Locke Joins the Team

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Locke to the Empowering-Communities team.   Until recently a sergeant with Sussex Police, she has 27 years of experience in a variety of roles from responding to emergency calls to working on complex murder cases. Melanie has been awarded a divisional congratulations for her partnership work[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]