Plymouth Community Safety Partnership
Since the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, local authorities have had a statutory duty to work with other local agencies and organisations to develop and implement strategies to tackle crime and disorder. This includes anti-social and other behaviour which badly affects local communities. These statutory partnerships are known as Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).
On 1 April 2010, Section 108 of the Police and Crime Act 2009 came into effect, introducing for Community Safety Partnerships a new duty to reduce reoffending, and formally adding Probation as a responsible authority.
The responsible authorities that form Safer Plymouth are:
· Cabinet Member, Plymouth City Council
· Devon and Cornwall Police
· Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
· Probation Trust
· Clinical Commissioning Group
What do they do?
Plymouth CSP and its four statutory agencies work collaboratively to reduce crime, anti- social behaviour and substance misuse and increase public reassurance in Plymouth communities.
Safer Plymouth is in its developmental stage with the first meeting scheduled to take place on 23 May 2013.
During this transitional period the Partnership continues to deliver against the following targets -
· Reducing the serious acquisitive crime rate
· Reducing the assault with less serious injury crime rate
These agencies are under a statutory duty to ensure that they work together in partnership to reduce crime and disorder in Plymouth. Plymouth Community Safety Partnership also works in cooperation with the Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team, NHS Trusts, registered social landlords, the Environment Agency, independent schools and institutions of further education. They also invite a wide range of local private, voluntary, other public and community groups, including the public, to become involved in the strategy consultation process.
While the term 'partnership' is applied to all those involved, legally, the responsible authorities (listed above) are the only bodies under a duty to meet the new regulatory requirements. However, since July 2007, registered social landlords and the Environment Agency have been expected to have a closer working relationship with Plymouth Community Safety Partnership.
Community Safety and Partnerships Manager
Phone: 01752 305542