NORTH DEVON AND TORRIDGE COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

The North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) operate under a single board which encourages a seamless multi-agency approach to localised issues across Northern Devon and a robust working relationship with other statutory and non-statutory agencies in the community.

North Devon and Torridge CSPs consist of numerous partners that each play an active role in setting the agenda and contributing to our evidence-based priorities – each of which is given below.

PRIORITIES

Priority one: Serious violence

The first of our priorities focusses on the CSP’s work with our statutory partners to reduce all crime including serious violence, this includes knife violence / crime, sexual violence, domestic violence and abuse, and will include violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Following the publication of the Serious Violence Strategy, the Serious Violence Bill was announced in December 2019 and enacted on 16 December 2022. Specified Authorities have until January 2024 to put their plans in place.

Officers attend Devon level working groups where this project is developed – it is likely that the focus will be on trauma and interventions to address this and prevent later violence.

 

Priority two: Safer Streets & Anti-Social Behaviour

We continue to monitor, identify, and address the anti-social behaviour issues impacting our communities and seek to identify and support local preventive projects. We co-ordinate responses to community level anti-social behaviour by using innovative ways to work with our partners to build and sustain community resilience.

Anti-social behaviour patrols continue across both districts and individuals are escalated through Anti-Social Behaviour process in a prompt manner, often resulting in court appearances and prosecutions.

We are continuing to seek opportunities to work with the health sector to actively address and monitor risks and changes relating to substance misuse locally. We promote and utilise a partnership approach to identify, support and tackle alcohol and drug related issues within our communities. By working in partnership with specialist drug and alcohol agencies (both commissioned and voluntary), service users and their families receive a range of options to help reduce dependency, harm and support their recovery.

 

Priority Three: Emerging threats.

To allow the CSP to respond quickly and effectively to new concerns, we review emerging issues in our communities and where necessary, set up a specialist group from within our partners to work on a specific problem.

We continue to deliver key messages through partnership communications to focus on community tensions, extremism, the online space, modern slavery, and human trafficking.

At the Community Safety Partnership Meeting on 9 November 2023, it was agreed that Hate Crime will be a CSP priority for the next year.  This is against a backdrop of an increase in offences and incidents such as the distribution of racist material in our area.  A working group will be established to formulate an action plan.  It is anticipated that a focus of this work will be to increase awareness and reporting amongst the public in general and to more diverse communities.

 

Any of our partners can bring matters to the board for consideration and action.

Our CSP is represented on the Safer Devon Partnership Executive Management Group through our Chair. Some statutory functions of the CSP are delivered at regional level, such as the production of a Crime and Disorder Strategic Assessment, regional reoffending strategy development, and the management of Domestic Homicide Reviews. At a local level, the role of the board consists of setting and monitoring local priorities and maintaining an overview of issues affecting community safety in both districts.

CONTACT THE PARTNERSHIP

North Devon
01271 388760
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Torridge
01237 428700
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Members of the Partnership include:

  • North Devon District Council
  • Torridge District Council
  • Devon & Cornwall Police
  • Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Public Health Devon

 

  • The Probation Service
  • The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall
  • LEESAR Partnership
  • Together Drug and Alcohol Service

SAFER BARNSTAPLE

The aim of Safer Barnstaple is to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by working with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions to local issues.

We are currently developing a town profile and delivery plan. Further information will be provided shortly. If you would like to become involved with the Safer Towns Network please contact the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership.

SAFER BIDEFORD

The aim of Safer Bideford is to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by working with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions to local issues.

We are currently developing a town profile and delivery plan. Further information will be provided shortly. If you would like to be involved with the Safer Towns Network please contact the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership

SAFER ILFRACOMBE

The aim of Safer Ilfracombe is to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by working with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions to local issues.

We are currently developing a town profile and delivery plan. Further information will be provided shortly. If you would like to be involved with the Safer Towns Network contact the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership.