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Community Safety Partnership

The Barking and Dagenham Community Safety Partnership (CSP) was introduced as a statutory framework through the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Amended by the Police Reform Act 2002 it outlines the legal requirements for responsible local authorities to follow.

The partnership is a multi-agency strategic approach responsible for addressing crime and disorder. The CSP develop and deliver policies, strategies and services to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, reduce re-offending and to make our communities a safer place to live, work and grow.

The Barking and Dagenham CSP membership is made up of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Barking and Dagenham CVS
  • Barking and Dagenham Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • BHR Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
  • London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)  
  • London Fire Brigade (LFB)
  • Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
  • National Probation Service (NPS)
  • North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT)
  • Victim Support

CSP statutory duties and functions Toggle accordion

The CSP is accountable for a wide range of activities however the statutory duties of the partnership are as follows, Outlined in the LGA guide for policing and Crime Commissioners:

  • develop a strategic group to set and direct work for the partnership.
  • develop and monitor protocols for information sharing between partner agencies.
  • analyse a wide range of data to identify levels of crimes and patterns of crime to help set priorities through the Crime and Disorder Strategic Assessment.
  • produce a three-year Community Safety Plan and review and monitor the progress of the partnership.
  • ensure regular community engagement and consultation with the communities to identify resident priorities and their cause for concerns in the Borough.
  • produce a strategy to reduce recidivism.
  • commission Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews (DVHR).

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Every year the partnership is responsible for producing a Crime and Disorder Strategic Assessment to identify areas of focus for the partnership. Barking and Dagenham CSP have set number of priorities to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and increase community confidence. These are:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • burglary
  • non-domestic violence with injury
  • serious youth violence and knife crime

Barking and Dagenham have also worked with MOPAC to set regional priorities, these five priorities have formed the following CSP subgroups:

  • creating a safer borough
  • keeping children and young people safe
  • managing offenders
  • standing up to hate, intolerance and extremism
  • tackling violence against women and girls

Community Safety Plan Toggle accordion

The Crime and Disorder Strategic Assessment is used to inform the three-year Community Safety Plan. The plan sets out the activities to address strategic priorities, monitor success of priorities and to improve community safety.

Community Safety Plan 

Safer neighbourhoods board Toggle accordion

In 2012 The Mayor of London made a commitment to establish Safer Neighbourhood Boards (SNBs) in all London Boroughs to give Londoners and victims a greater voice with regards to crime prevention and reduction.

SNBs are not statutory boards but work in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Police and the council's Community Safety Partnership to promote and improve community safety across the borough. The board holds four quarterly closed meetings and two open public meetings per year. We encourage members of the community to attend the open public meetings to ask any questions or raise concerns they may have.

Key aims and objectives

The SNB report to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the local Community Safety Partnership board on the progress and discussions held at the board. The SNB has five key aims to achieve:

  • ensure communities are more involved in problem solving and crime prevention in their borough
  • be inclusive of MOPAC's broader responsibilities, whilst acknowledging the view that local people understand what is required at a local level
  • have a greater scope and ensuring a more frequent refresh of ideas and views
  • achieve greater coherence between different engagement mechanisms, to provide greater public accountability in policing and crime reduction
  • ensure efficient use of resources and delivering value for money when tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention

Board members

The Barking and Dagenham SNB Chair: Steve Thompson (MBE)

SNB members include Barking and Dagenham’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement services, Councillor Margaret Mullane, along with representatives from the following;

  • Barking and Dagenham Council
  • Community Payback Scheme
  • Elderly Forum Member
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Representatives from the Ward Panel Clusters
  • Stop and Search Member
  • The Independent Advisory Group
  • Victim Support
  • voluntary sector

Contact

For more information on your local safer neighbourhood board or to find out when the next open public meeting will be held please contact:

stacey.gibson@lbbd.gov.uk