Safer communities for Cornwall
Community safety is all about the issues that make people unsafe, or feel unsafe, in their communities. Achieving safer communities depends on everyone working together to find local solutions to local problems.
The Safer Cornwall partnership is a collective of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. We are a virtual organisation providing a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.
About Safer Cornwall
Safer Cornwall is the community safety partnership for Cornwall.
It is made up of statutory organisations (referred to as responsible authorities) and a wide range of other public sector, voluntary, community and private organisations.
The responsible authorities are Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust (South West & South Central Division of the National Probation Service and the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company from 01 June 2014) and NHS Kernow.
The Safer Cornwall partnership has a responsibility to work together to do all that we can to reduce crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour, problem use of drugs and alcohol and re-offending. Achieving safer communities depends on everyone working together to find local solutions to local problems.
Safer Cornwall supports and co-ordinates the work of all the partners across Cornwall through:
- Producing an annual strategic assessment to identify community safety priorities across Cornwall and set objectives;
- Developing a three year Partnership Plan, refreshed annually, to co-ordinate activities to address the community safety priorities across Cornwall;
- Monitoring delivery against our objectives and driving good performance through targeting resources to deliver efficient and effective outcomes for everyone who lives, visits and works in Cornwall.
Safer Cornwall meets on a quarterly basis to consult and engage with the communities throughout the year to encourage, support and empower them to undertake local projects and initiatives.
Tackling the issues that matter
To address the issues that really matter, it is important to understand not only what is happening and where, but what is causing the problems and the best way to tackle them. All the work of Safer Cornwall is informed by evidence of risk and need provided by the annual strategic assessment.
Every year, Safer Cornwall prioritise a number of key issues that the evidence tells us are most important to address in Cornwall.
Community safety is a co-ordinated approach to tackling crime and disorder which takes into consideration what causes people to get involved in crime, as well as how victims of crime can be made less vulnerable. It examines social and environmental problems that are contributing factors to overall crime and disorder levels and which can also cause fear of crime. It relates to peoples sense of personal security and well-being in the places they live, work and spend leisure time. It affects how people value their neighbourhood, and it can affect their confidence, their self esteem and how they go about their day to day lives.
Everyone should have the right to feel and be safe, whether at home or not, and it is the shared responsibility of the community as well as the public, private and voluntary organisations to ensure that this is possible.
Safer Cornwall acknowledges that it is not one organisation's sole responsibility to deliver a reduction in crime and disorder and the fear of crime but something which needs to be tackled collectively and in partnership with others.
What Safer Cornwall deal with
The Safer Cornwall partnership is committed to tackling crime and the causes of crime as well as the fear of crime.
This can take several forms, from specific targeted campaigns and high profile crime prevention initiatives, to attendance at public meetings, education, advice and ensuring that accurate information is circulated, increasing public reassurance.
Community safety partnerships have to undertake a fully comprehensive audit of Crime and Disorder in their district. The results of this are analysed and used to inform the Annual Plan (Strategy), which must be written to show how identified problems will be dealt with. Alongside this, a broad and diverse public consultation process takes place to measure peoples fear of crime, and to highlight local concerns, what communities feel are the real issues affecting them. Again, this is fed into the plan and initiatives put in place to tackle all aspects raised through the process. It is about local solutions to local problems.
For additional information in respect of specific areas of community safety please follow these links:
- Safer Cornwall which provides local crime information and initiatives locally to address crime.
- Police crime prevention advice for personal, home, beach and vehicle safety
- Online reporting of non urgent crime to Devon and Cornwall Police
- Government advice in preparing for emergencies
- Report a crime anonymously to Crimestoppers
- Advice for staying safe whilst online
- Advice on how to protecting yourself
- Talk to Frank Drug advice. A to Z list of substances explaining the appearance, use, effects, chances of getting hooked, health risks and UK law.
- Road Safety Advice
- Alcohol Information and advice