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 & 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 basically put states the need for the partners 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 & Gravesham Community Safety Plan for 2016 -2019 was released at the beginning of April 2016. 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 & Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
- Community Wardens (Kent County Council)
- Youth Services (Kent County Council)
- Education (Kent County Council)
- Station Manager (Kent Fire & Rescue Service)
- South East Coast Ambulance Service (Ambulance Trust)
- Youth Offending Service (Kent County Council)
- Roads and Transport (Kent County Council)
- Border & Immigration Agency
- British Transport Police
Also invited are key individuals from the private sector; Bluewater, the Bridge Development, Ebbsfleet International Station and Land Securities.