Greenwich Council refuse to attend strategic police meetings

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

Conservatives have established that Greenwich’s Labour council are the only borough to refuse to attend a London wide police meeting intended to coordinate the reduction of crime
 
Following questions from Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Spencer Drury, it has become clear that of the 31 major London boroughs, Greenwich’s Labour leadership is the only one that has refused to take part in The Joint Engagement Meetings (JEMS).
 
JEMS are part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s pledge to reduce youth crime and allow boroughs to learn from each other. JEMS meetings which include the borough commander of each area would be particularly appropriate in Greenwich where the police claim that an operation on the Connaught Estate “has proved to be a success” in fighting youth crime.
 
Spencer (who is also the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich) said “I am disgusted that the Labour Council in Greenwich is simply refusing to take part in meetings designed to reduce crime in our borough. In an email Chris Roberts was quoted as saying about JEMS “We don’t do them”. 
 
“JEMS are not intended to hold the local authority to account for performance, but to enable an interactive session where best practices can be shared.    This refusal to be part of a coordinated approach in the fight against crime shows that Labour are prepared to let Greenwich residents suffer rather than work with Boris.”