Safer Essex is the county partnership to address issues of crime, disorder and drugs and alcohol as identified by Essex residents. Safer Essex also fulfils the function of acounty Strategic Group with a defined statutory membership deriving from key partner agencies. In addition, the membership includes Essex County Council’s elected member with strategic responsibility for Crime and Disorder and the Chairs of each Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP).
One of the key responsibilities for the county level group is to develop the Community Safety Agreement (CSA) each year (you can view the CSA in the 'other files' section). The CSA is based on the issues of concern identified by each Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) through local strategic assessments. These assessments bring together a range of information (for example police crime statistics) as well as information from public consultation about how people feel about their local area in terms of community safety.
This partnership also has responsibility for delivering eight targets in the LAA, full details of which can be found in the CSA. SaferEssexis also the strategic body for drug and alcohol issues inEssex– further information about this area of work can be found on the Essex Drug and Alcohol Action Team website - www.essexdrugaction.org.uk
Community Safety in its broadest definition includes emergency planning, road safety, fire safety and environmental crime. These issues are not covered in the CSA as different plans are in place to respond to the challenges they present. Therefore, these issues are referred to in the CSA but not covered in detail.
Each Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a group of organisations that are committed to working together in a local area to reduce crime, fear of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and the impact they have on people's everyday lives. (Prior to April 2010 these were known as Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships.) Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (amended by the Police Act 2006) County Councils, District/Borough Councils, Police, Fire Service and Primary Care Trusts are required to form CSPs. which in Essex are based on district / borough council areas. From April 2010 Probation Services are also now statutory partners.
Within the Essex County Council area there are 12 CSPs. Links to the 12 CSP websites are provided below.
The chair of Safer Essex is Nicola Beach, Chief Executive of Braintree District Council.Useful Links Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships
Information on the work of the Essex Criminal Justice Board and the core criminal justice agencies can be found hereControlled budgets
Pooled Treatment BudgetOwned data
Each Thematic Partnership has produced an Annual Report to summarise progress over the last year as well as considering issues and risks to future delivery.