Community Safety Partnership
Who are we?
Every district or borough in the country must have a partnership (a group of organisations) that meets to look at crime and disorder issues. We call our partnership the High Peak Community Safety Partnership.
The partnership includes organisations such as High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Police, High Peak Community Housing, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire Probation Service and NHS Derbyshire County and NHS Tameside and Glossop.
Other organisations that we work with include community groups, residents’ associations, schools and colleges and organisations such as High Peak Women’s Aid, Derbyshire Association of Local Councils and University of Derby.
What do we need to do?
By law, we must work together to tackle:
- Crime and disorder
- Antisocial behaviour
- Behaviour that spoils the local environment, like dumping rubbish (fly-tipping), graffiti and dog mess in Public areas
- Misusing drugs and alcohol
- Adult offenders and young offenders reoffending (people who cause trouble in your local area
We must carry out a review (a strategic assessment) of the problems listed above in the district each year. We must also ask you about crime and disorder issues in your area and about the problems that you think are the most important for us to tackle.
We have to use this information to choose the most important problems that we need to tackle in the district in the next year. We must then produce plans that show how we will work together to tackle these problems.
How will we work together?
We believe that the best way for us to achieve our aims is by working together.
Each member of our partnership has their own services and targets that they need to deliver. But we know that many problems can only be solved by organisations and people working together.
Each year we will develop detailed plans (we call these our delivery plans) that show in detail how we will work together to take action to tackle the main problems in our district. Many of these problems change over time so we write new delivery plans each year to make sure that we are always tackling the problems that matter most to you.
We will also meet regularly throughout the year and take action to tackle any new problems that come to our attention and that we can only solve by working together.
We also want to involve local people wherever possible. This includes:
- Asking you what the main problems are in your area
- Involving you in helping to decide how to solve problems
- Providing support if you want to get involved in action to improve your area
- Letting you know what we've done to reduce problems in your area
How will you know that we've done what we set out to do?
We set targets that show what we want to achieve each year. These targets are shown in our delivery plans. Our targets are usually as follows.
- To reduce crime (for example, burglaries) and other problems (such as fires or reports of fly-tipping). In some cases, where the number of incidents is already low, our target may be to make sure that the problems don't get any worse.
- To reduce the number of people who say that they have a problem in their neighbourhood with things like crime, antisocial behaviour, litter and so on.
- To increase the number of people who say that they are happy with the area where they live and the services provided by organisations in their area.
Senior people from the partnership meet every three months to look at whether we are meeting the targets that we have set. We call this group our Strategy Group.
Other officers meet more regularly to look at the levels of problems within the district and report to the Strategy Group if it does not look like we will meet our targets.
We will give you regular updates on what we have achieved throughout the year and a final update once each year has ended.
What do we need to deliver our plan?
In many cases, we can deliver the actions within our plans without needing any extra money, equipment or other resources. We can do this by bringing together the people, skills, equipment and so on from different organisations, and from the local community, to work together to solve problems.
This generally produces better results than when organisations try to tackle problems on their own.
We can also sometimes work together to think of new ways of tackling problems that don't have an extra cost, or to change the way that we normally respond to problems to produce better results.
In some cases, we may need extra money to tackle problems. If this is the case, we will use money from central government or contributions from individual organisations when this is available.
Last updated: 29th November 2012