Community Safety Unit
Floor 8, North End
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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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 Plymouth's Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) are:
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
- NHS Plymouth
- Devon and Cornwall Probation Service
- Plymouth City Council
- Devon and Cornwall Police Authority
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. We 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.
On 14 October 2010, changes to local authority performance arrangements were announced by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles ahead of the Government's Spending Review which included the ending of Local Area Agreements and the National Indicator Set (NIS). However data collections for the remaining National Indicators will continue unless the Government makes specific announcements on individual indicators. We await more information on the transition from the NIS to the new single comprehensive data list and the proposed single list with the local sector, scheduled for publication in early 2011.
This means that for Plymouth Community Safety Partnership, we will continue to deliver against our remaining targets in Plymouth's Local Area Agreement (LAA) until the new single comprehensive data list or further guidance is issued, including (not in any rank order):
- Reducing the serious acquisitive crime rate
- Reducing the assault with less serious injury crime rate
- Reducing adult re-offending rates for those under probation supervision
- Improving specialist support to victims of a serious sexual offence (pilot which has now ended)
- Reducing repeat incidents of domestic violence cases reviewed at the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
Additionally, 'reducing criminal damage' and 'building resilience to violent extremism' were also identified as local targets for Plymouth and we will continue to work on these.
Please contact us if you would like any further information.