Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhoods Board


In 2012 The Mayor of London made a commitment to establish Safer Neighbourhood Boards (SNBs) in every borough to give Londoners and victims a greater voice with regards to crime prevention and reduction. SNBs are not statutory bodies and have no statutory powers or delegated authority.

A new Waltham Forest SNB (WFSNB) was established in July 2018. The board’s goals are to:

  • monitor police performance using data supplied by MOPAC so as to hold the Police to account as a ‘critical friend’
  • develop engagement between the police and the wider Waltham Forest community

If you're interested in attending a meeting or want to find out more contact Democratic Services on 020 8496 4328  or democraticservices@walthamforest.gov.uk at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting.

Funding Click to get info

One of the responsibilities tasked to SNBs by the Mayor of London is to recommend projects to the Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) for funding. A fund of £1million is available to London SNBs for crime reduction, crime prevention and community engagement activities.

The Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board is currently looking for applications for funding from third sector groups wishing to work on crime and community safety issues in the borough.

MOPAC have allocated Waltham Forest approximately £19,055 for this financial year. The maximum budget for each project will be £5,000.

All applications are asked to specifically demonstrate how they contribute to one or more of the following: crime prevention/ education or community engagement.

The project must seek to tackle one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Putting victims first and reducing inequalities
  • Keeping children and young people safe
  • Tackling violence against women and girls
  • Tackling hate crime and intolerance

How to apply?

Download an application form

The application process is designed to be as simple as possible to encourage people to apply. Applications must be received by noon on 23 August 2021.

To help support the application process a Frequently Asked Questions document has been produced.

In addition to the SNB, local residents can also help to set local policing priorities and help to reduce and prevent crime by joining their ward’s Safer Neighbourhood Panel. These meet approximately every two months. More information on the Met Police website.

Stop and search group Click to get info

The board has tasked a small group of police officers and members to examine the operation of Stop and Search in Waltham Forest in three key respects:

  • Fairness - Is the power being exercised fairly across the community or are some groups being disproportionately stopped?
  • Effectiveness - What is the return to the community, in terms of the conviction of wrongdoers relative to the costs, both in terms of police effort and community reaction?
  • Respect - Are people being stopped, the overwhelming majority of whom are not arrested, being treated in a decent manner?

Waltham Forest Stop and Search Scrutiny Group are looking for new members.

Set up following recommendations from the Macpherson report, stop and search scrutiny groups are an important part of the network of police and community engagement. At a time when we are again hearing strong calls for changes in policing this engagement is vital to help the police understand and act on concerns coming from the community.

As part of our work we review statistics, view stop and searches and listen to concerns and feedback coming from the local community. We use this understanding to constructively challenge our local police and provide them with feedback from the community they might otherwise not have access to.

We are inviting applications from any element of our community with an interest in the fair and proportionate policing of our streets. We are however particularly interested in applications from young people and groups that represent those that are statistically more likely to be stopped.

No specific skills or experience is required and there are no restrictions on who can join the group. We operate in a supportive and constructive manner and would welcome and support you to be an effective member of the group.

If you feel that you could support this work and have the capacity to offer some of your time then please do get in touch.

Please request an application form by emailing democraticservices@walthamforest.gov.uk

Or you would like to speak to someone about this volunteering role, please use the group email to provide a contact number for someone to get in touch

Attendees must agree to:

  • listen respectfully to all participants without interrupting
  • follow any directions from the meeting Chair