Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) were set up as statutory bodies at district and unitary local authority level under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.The responsible authorities are required to work together to develop and implement strategies to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. This includes developing local approaches to deal with issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and re-offending. In doing so, they work in partnership with a range of other local public, private, community and voluntary groups and with the wider community.
Community Safety Partnerships are required to prepare a partnership plan [docx] 456KB informed by an annual joint strategic assessment. The administration for the partnerships is a statutory duty of the relevant local authority.
Ashford Borough Council’s statutory partners include representation from the following agencies:
The above statutory partners each have voting rights.
Other agencies are invited to attend as appropriate.
The chair alternates each June between the local authority and Kent Police. The current chair is Ashford Borough Council – Sheila Davison (Head of Health, Parking and Community Safety), and the Vice-Chair is Kent Police – Ken Elmes (District Commander – Ashford and Shepway, East Division).
The Community Safety Partnership produce an annual strategic assessment which provides information and understanding of community safety issues within the borough of Ashford.
The priorities for 2017-18 have been identified as follows:
This is the operational group that sits below the Strategic Community Safety Partnership. The Community Safety Unit (CSU) holds monthly meetings and is attended by various organisations including:
There are a number of partner operations. These include:
To tackle problem areas within the borough.
This is a yearly interactive event for year six school children to teach them about some of the dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for their transition from primary school to secondary school.
Some of the topics covered include:
If you require any further information on how the Community Safety Unit operates please contact:
Community Safety Unit
Kent TN23 1BT
Telephone 01233 330355 or 330891