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Partnership working

Responsible authorities have a statutory duty to work with other agencies and organisations to develop and deliver strategies to reduce crime and disorder including anti social behaviour that affects the local environment, as well as the misuse of drugs in their area.

The statutory partnership is known as community safety partnerships (CSPs).

The responsible authorities are:

  • Police;
  • Probation;
  • Local authorities;
  • Fire and rescue authorities;
  • Primary care trusts.

These bodies are under a statutory duty to ensure that other agencies such as probation and voluntary groups, come together to work in partnership to carry out an audit of local crime, disorder and drug misuse and using the information from the audit and consultation with local communities, they then formulate a strategy for tackling crime, disorder and drug misuse.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 provides that the police and crime commissioner can request a report from community safety partnerships if she is not satisfied that they are carrying out their functions in an effective and efficient manner, and if the police and crime commissioner  considers it reasonable and proportionate in all the circumstances to require a report.

To contact a CSP in your area visit their websites:

Safer Devon

Safer Cornwall

Plymouth Community Safety

Safer Communities Torbay


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