The North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership provides a strategic and co-operative approach between agencies and communities within North Worcestershire to address local community safety issues and achieves the Partnership’s vision of ‘Keeping North Worcestershire a safe place to live, work and visit.’
The North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership is the statutory Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and was newly formed in April 2013, covering the districts of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest. The aim of NWCSP is for its members to work together to ensure that crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) are reduced and North Worcestershire is a place where residents are safe and feel safe.
The partnership delivers a range of community safety initiatives aimed at keeping our towns and villages in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest a safe place to live, work and visit.
Partners have a responsibility to work together, and in co-operation with other local organisations, to develop and deliver activity to reduce re-offending, tackle crime, anti social behaviour, behaviour that adversely affects the local environment and substance misuse.
Partners include West Mercia Police; Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service; Probation, Worcestershire County Council; Redditch Borough Council, Bromstrove District Council; Wyre Forest District Council. Other members include Bromsgrove and Redditch Magistrates Bench Chair; Chairperson of the North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership; HMP Hewell; Kidderminster Magistrates Bench Chair; Victim Support; Youth Offending Service.
It should also be noted that the provisions in the 2011 Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act place a mutual duty on PCCs and responsible authorities in CSPs to co-operate to reduce crime, disorder and re-offending.
NWCSP was formed in April 2013 and brings together and replaces the original CSPs in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest, which had been in place since 1998 as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act. The Partnership provides a co-ordinated approach to tackling crime, delivering projects across the whole of the area and making best use of resources.
North Worcestershire CSP’s priorities for 2017/18, are:
Anti Social Behaviour
Working to reduce the number of antisocial behaviour incidents and to bring perceptions in line with the downward trend in reported incidents.
Burglary and Home Security Work
to promote home security to reduce incidences of dwelling and non-dwelling burglary and improve resident's feelings of safety in their home.
Violence and Abuse
Working to ensure residents are safe in the community and at home without having to suffer violence, domestic abuse or hate.
Work to tackle and increase our understanding of re-offending in North Worcestershire with continued support of the Integrated Offender Management approach.
The North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership comprises of a Board, supported by Operational Groups in each of the districts known as Safer Bromsgrove, Safer Redditch and Safer Wyre Forest.
The Board is responsible for meeting the requirements of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended.
The Tasking Groups are responsible for delivering the actions and outcomes identified by the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership Plan.
The North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership and the Bromsgrove and Redditch Vulnerable Adults Group and the Wyre Forest Vulnerable Adults Group, are also sub groups of the Partnership and are responsible for delivering activities that affect the most vulnerable people in our communities.
The community safety teams at Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest Councils undertake a wide range of work to support the partnership. This work includes:
- Servicing and supporting the Board
- Co-ordinating and facilitating multi-agency problem solving to deliver the priorities contained within the Partnership Plan
- Produce press and marketing campaigns
- Undertaking project work in the areas of community safety
- Consultation with partners and the community
- Identifying examples of community safety good practice for local application