The Safer Towns Network is a place based initiative bringing community safety partners, town councils, businesses and communities together to tackle identified local community safety issues. It builds on the support provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Safer Towns Programme which started in Cornwall in 2018.
The focus of the Safer Towns Network is on tackling complex or persistent community safety issues in locations which experience higher levels of crime and anti-social behaviour. However the network also provides an opportunity to take a preventative approach where community safety issues are beginning to arise.
The Safer Towns will be supported by their local Community Safety Partnership (CSP), providing support and integration between Safer Town activities and the wider work of each CSP. This will ensure that the activity of the network supports the work of the CSP and reduces the risk of duplication. Safer Towns will also draw on the support of local business and community groups.
The key features of Safer Towns are:
- collaborative working that brings together the police, CSPs, partners, local businesses and communities to identify and address issues of local community safety concern;
- a focus on evidence based practice and practical solutions led by the local community;
- a local board which contains business and community representatives and is responsible for the development and delivery of an agreed action plan;
regular engagement with the community through multi agency engagement days and surveys;
- ongoing communication with the public on the activity being carried out and its impacts.