Find out about community safety in your town

Residents in 10 Cornish towns can find out how community safety is being improved in their area at a series of engagement events run by Safer Cornwall.

In partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) the events will provide residents with the opportunity to ask their Safer Town partnership team what work is taking place within their town and to raise any concerns or issues they may be experiencing.

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The Safer Towns Scheme launched last April and takes a multi-agency approach to tackling community safety issues, to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups.

The partnerships work to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. The scheme was rolled out across Camborne and Redruth, Falmouth, Bodmin, Saltash and Liskeard and re-launched in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance. 

Safer Towns on Tour events are here:

  • Liskeard - Saturday 30 March, 10am –1.30pm, Liskeard Public Hall
  • Falmouth – Tuesday 2 April, 11.45am - 2.45pm, The Moor
  • Truro - Saturday 13 April, 9am at Lemon Quay
  • Newquay - Saturday 13 April, afternoon, venue to be confirmed
  • St Austell - Thursday 25 April, from 9am, Alymer Square
  • Bodmin - Thursday 25 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Mount Folly
  • Penzance - Wednesday 1 May, 11am - 2pm, Market Place (adjacent to Lloyd’s Bank)
  • Redruth - Friday 3 May, 9.30am - 12pm Market Strand / Market Place
  • Camborne - Friday 3 May 1:30pm - 4pm, Commercial Square
  • Saltash - Saturday 22 June, all day at Saltash Regatta (Waterfront)

 Work has taken place over the last year to establish the Safer Town groups and develop action plans based on crime information through Town Profiles and feedback from the Cornwall Council Residents’ Survey. 

The scheme was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with £5,000 allocated to each town.

Partners have reviewed priorities in their towns and put forward proposals for how the funding should be spent locally. There are a number of new projects, campaigns and outcomes which have been delivered in 2018/19 and will be put in place during 2019/2020 through the support of the PCC.

All Safer Towns meet on a regular basis to share current intelligence, raise concerns and deal with emerging dynamic issues collectively.

A key factor in the success of the scheme is the wide membership of the groups, which include public, private and voluntary organisations who are able to feed in local intelligence and local issues.

Each town is unique with different community safety priorities and there have also been a number of initiatives which have been rolled out through all the Safer Towns.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, said: “Part of the role of PCC is to encourage interested groups to come together to find solutions to community issues.

“So I am really pleased to be able to support the Safer Towns Scheme because it’s the perfect example of that ethos and we are already starting to see results where the groups have been active for some time.

“I think that getting out onto the streets and talking about their work, encouraging people to talk about their issues and report them to the appropriate authority.”   

Sue James, cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “These engagement events are a great opportunity for residents to air any concerns they have about community safety in their towns as well as find out more about what is being done to tackle issues.”

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