The Safer Devon Partnership is the County Strategy Group which provides the strategic leadership for addressing community safety matters across Devon.
Our vision is working together to make Devon even safer.


Safer Devon’s current priorities are to prevent and tackle hidden and visible harm, including addressing the root causes of:

Intra and extra-familial violence and abuse

Intra and extra familial violence and abuse covers violence and abuse taking place within the home or family (such as domestic violence and abuse) and that taking place outside of the home environment. This can include violence (including sexual violence) and abuse within peer groups, or perpetrated by friends, associates or members of criminal gangs.

Problem drinking and problem drug use

Problem drinking and problem drug use relates to the harm that can be caused by the misuse of alcohol and/or drugs.


Exploitation involves people being groomed, forced or coerced into doing something for someone else’s gain. It is a complex and hidden issue. People who are being exploited can find themselves in situations where they experience abuse and violence, and may be forced to take part in criminal activities.

Offending and reoffending, with this cutting across the above priority areas.

Offending and reoffending are heavily linked to the above issues, which can increase vulnerability to committing offences and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Likewise interventions to reduce harm and violence in these areas are key to achieving wider reductions in offending and reoffending.


Safer Devon partners are committed to fulfilling the following core principles and accountabilities: 


  • Work innovatively together to address the key vulnerabilities in our local communities
  • Make informed and evidence-based funding, resourcing and commissioning decisions in partnership
  • Invest in Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Use our collective intelligence to understand the effectiveness of the interventions we are undertaking as a partnership


  • Fulfil statutory community safety duties, including those outlined in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the PREVENT Duty, and to develop effective and proportionate responses to new duties and legislation
  • Lead the development of an annual county-wide Community Safety Strategic Assessment and support the development of a Peninsula Community Safety Strategic Assessment
  • Support the priorities and work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and play an active role in the development and delivery of the local Police and Crime Plan
  • Work collaboratively with other Strategic Partnerships within and beyond Devon to progress shared priorities and workstreams
  • Develop and deliver against a Community Safety Agreement


Safer Devon’s partners include the four Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Devon – East and Mid Devon; Exeter; North Devon and Torridge; and South Devon and Dartmoor, the County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Probation Service and Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Strategic direction is set by the Safer Devon Partnership Board and Executive Management Group which is made up of chief officers from all of the aforementioned partner agencies along with the chairs from the four CSPs. The Safer Devon Partnership Operational Delivery Group supports the SDP Board and Executive Management Group in fulfilling its vision, principles and accountabilities. It also provides support and challenge to the delivery of best practice across Devon-wide community safety services and initiatives.

A number of Sub-Groups and Partnerships have been established to drive forward work in relation to addressing various significant threats. These groups are accountable to the Safer Devon Partnership Executive Management Group.

Safer Devon partners also work closely with a number of other county-wide and peninsula Strategic Partnerships and Groups on a range of shared priorities. This is all shown in the diagram. 

    Safer Devon Governance Partners Groups


    We publish annual intelligence assessments of local community safety issues to highlight areas of greatest threat in terms of impact, prevalence and trends, evaluate our current ability to prevent and address the causes and impacts of these issues, and inform our community safety priorities.
    Devon Strategic Assessment 2019-20

    We also contribute to an annual peninsula-wide assessment of community safety issues across Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall. This assessment provides information and intelligence to inform our priorities and those of partner organisations across the peninsula.
    Peninsula Strategic Assessment 2020-21

    The Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is developed by Public Health Devon and provides an overview of the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning (buying) of health, wellbeing, social care and related services. The Headline Tool provides an interactive overview of the main factors influencing local health and wellbeing.
    Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Headline Tool.

    Domestic Homicide Reviews

    We have a statutory duty to conduct and publish Domestic Homicide Reviews to inform policy and practice. Click here to find out more…