Issues raised at Commissioner Tipping’s multi-agency seminar on the impact of European migration on public services and policing are to be part of a Nottinghamshire research project.
Delegates at the European Migration Seminar on 31 March 2014 explored whether migration was placing any additional pressures on policing and the wider community. The event was attended by academics, police officers and equality campaigners.
Its purpose was to improve local understanding of the potential issues arising from new and emerging committees and promote information sharing to improve policies and strategic planning in the future.
The issues raised will directly contribute to the research project to be commissioned later in the year when the impact on policing and community safety will be fully examined.
Commissioner Tipping has made it clear that promoting inclusion and breaking down social or cultural barriers is very much part of his agenda. The seminar explored how this could be achieved and how public bodies could better prepare and mitigate any potential issues.
He said: “Nationally, there is anecdotal evidence indicating that increased migration is placing significant pressure on public services including health, education, housing and policing but how Nottinghamshire fits into this picture is not yet known. There is a growing need to look more closely at migration on a regional or county basis to understand how local communities are coping with the influx of newcomers and the impact of migration on police budgets and resources.
“There are also practical issues concerned with how we can engage more effectively with new and emerging communities to promote inclusion. Increasing confidence in policing is a key priority but this can only be achieved by delivering a policing model that has community consent and co-operation across all boundaries.”
He said that the seminar and subsequent research project aimed to identify any issues that existed “so that we can improve our reach to newcomers and promote more effective integration.”
Issues discussed in the seminar included how migration was affecting relationships between new and longer-term residents within different communities, what lessons had been learnt during the process of managing these changes, and to what extent community-based initiatives were limiting tensions and resolving conflicts within different communities.