What is Community Monitoring?
Community Monitoring is a model of community organising that seeks to deter police harassment or misconduct by monitoring the police and providing independent rights information and support to communities. Community Monitors work on the ground, in teams, acting as independent observers monitoring human rights and assisting individuals or groups to access redress.
The idea has been successfully piloted in the past two years in London and Birmingham in areas where reports of disproportionate or discriminatory police treatment are common – particularly against young people, people from black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee or working class backgrounds.
The project will now be piloting in Manchester with the support of Northern Police Monitoring Project.
The provision of Human Rights Monitors is a long established tradition dating back to the 1930’s, acting as the eyes and ears of those on the ground and providing unique support to communities including during public events and protests.
Community Monitors can play a pivotal role in supporting their communities by:
• Being present on the ground to listen to, observe and respond to community concerns
• Ensuring people are aware of and can utilise their rights by distributing rights information
• Monitoring, recording and reporting back any treatment by the police or security officers that appears unlawful, discriminatory or improper
• Signposting people to access independent advice, support and legal referral for arrest and detention
How to volunteer to become a Community Monitor
If you are interested, you need to attend the free training on:
Saturday 17th January 2015 10.30am – 4pm
at Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN), Z-arts Centre, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA
The following Saturday (24th) will be when we go out into the local community to enact the training so please ensure you are available for both weekends.
What the training will cover:
• Understanding the role of Community Monitors
• Overview of human rights issues and the law in relation to this: Stop & Search powers, dispersal zones, curfew powers, arrest and detention
• Details of how the Community Monitor Team will be coordinated and supported
The training is open to anyone over the age of 18. You do not need a background in law as you will not be providing legal advice. Lunch will be provided.
To register, email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries call – 07955064319
Northern Police Monitoring Project is working in partnership with Netpol in launching this project. The project is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.