About the Community Safety Partnership
The role of a Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is to bring key local agencies together to deliver multi-agency solutions to local problems by pooling resources and experience.
This began with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which set the stage for the formation of CSP's made up of the 'responsible authorities', ie: Local Authority, County Authority, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Primary Care Trust and the local Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC). There is also an obligation to work in partnership with the local Police and Crime Commissioner..
The focus of the legislation is contained in Section 17 which requires members of the Partnership to do all they "reasonably can to prevent, (a) crime and disorder in its area (including anti-social behaviour and other behaviour adversely affecting the local environment) and (b) the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances in its area and (C) to reduce re-offending in the local area".
Community Safety Plan
Included in the legislation that governs CSP's is a requirement to produce a plan or strategy which sets out how the partnerships will work to reduce crime and disorder in their areas.
The joint Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Plan for 2019 -2022 was released at the beginning of April 2019. The plan sets the focus and direction the partnership intends to take to further reduce crime and disorder over the coming year. We refresh the plan annually to take into account changes in the demands of the local area, setting new priorities each year which are drawn out of an annual Strategic Assessment, an audit on the level of crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
The priorities set also reflect the county-wide Community Safety Priorities highlighted in the Kent Community Safety Agreement and the priorities within The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner's Plan.
The partnership also invites local groups and organisations that are involved and engaged in the community to participate in the partnership's work. These groups include;
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- Kent Police
- Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
- Community Wardens (Kent County Council)
- Youth Services (Kent County Council)
- Education (Kent County Council)
- Station Manager (Kent Fire and Rescue Service)
- South East Coast Ambulance Service (Ambulance Trust)
- Youth Offending Service (Kent County Council)
- Roads and Transport (Kent County Council)
- Border and Immigration Agency
- British Transport Police
Also invited are key individuals from the private sector; Bluewater, the Bridge Development, Ebbsfleet International Station and Land Securities.
ShopSafe StaySafe Scheme
ShopSafe StaySafe ID scheme gives vulnerable people a temporary place to go if they are feeling confused, scared or upset or facing emergency when out and about in the town centre. Vulnerable people can include those who have a learning or physical disability, have an illness or severe medical condition or are feeling lost or confused.
By signing up to the scheme, members will be given an individual keyring/fob to identify themselves as needing assistance when they show it to staff in participating shops, cafes, restaurants, businesses and public buildings in the town centre. These can be identified as displaying a ‘ShopSafe StaySafe’ or ‘Dartford Town Against Crime’ window sign.
Stay Safe Sign Dartford Town Against Crime Sign
The scheme not only reassures vulnerable people that there are places to go if they need a little help whilst out and about in the town centre but also provides peace-of-mind to the people who care for them. They all know that the safe and supportive places will take care of them until more help arrives.
The Scheme is run by The Dartford Town Against Crime (DTAC) retail partnership, an accredited scheme which ensures that everybody’s personal information is correctly stored and used.
If you would like to become a member of the scheme or would like further details please contact Karen Radford, DTAC Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Businesses that wish to register their interest in the scheme can contact Karen Radford, DTAC Manager at email@example.com