A new county-wide community safety partnership to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in Somerset has been established following approval by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
The Safer Somerset Partnership will bring together the work of all four previous crime groups - Mendip and South Somerset Community Safety Partnership, the Safer Sedgemoor Partnership, Taunton Deane Community Safety Partnership and West Somerset Crime and Disorder Partnership to provide a more coordinated approach to tackling crime in the county and better positions the group to work with the PCC.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Bringing people together, supporting partnership working and encouraging people to work more closely in and for their local communities is the way forward.
“We are all working for the best outcomes for our communities and coming together, operating in a more joined up approach we can make a real difference in making the Somerset residents be safe and feel safe.”
Chair of the Partnership and Mendip District Councillor Nigel Taylor, said: “The new Safer Somerset Partnership will play a key role in identifying the most serious crime problems that affect our communities and developing strategies to tackle these problems.
“We will work with our local communities to help reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and ensure that Somerset continues to be a safe and pleasant place to live.”
The Partnership will be made up of several partner organisations; members of which include all local authorities in Somerset, Police, Fire Service, Probation Trust and clinical commissioning groups, and will develop an annual Plan, outlining the partnership priorities.
The focus for the new Partnership includes:
- Reducing the impact of alcohol and drug misuse on communities
- Reducing re-offending
- Reducing acquisitive crime
- Protecting vulnerable people against violence, harm and victimisation
- Reducing road casualties
- Addressing environment crime
The next meeting of the Safer Somerset Partnership will be Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Wells.
Posted on Tuesday 8th October 2013