Our cabinet will discuss new ambitious priorities within the community safety partnership strategy for 2022 to 2025 (Cabinet, item 8, Tuesday 13 September).
The strategy has been developed and will be implemented by the Southend community safety partnership board (CSPB) which comprises partners and organisations including the council, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue, Essex Ambulance, South Essex Homes and others.
The strategy will focus efforts and resources on four strategic priorities based upon national and regional priorities, assessment of crime and disorder issues across the city, and is also a reflection of community views and insights.
The four strategic priorities are:
Safe and confident communities
- Tackling high volume crimes and antisocial issues across the city, as well as targeting resources on those areas that are highlighted as hot spots.
- The aim will be to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the confidence of residents and provide reassurance.
- This will be achieved through coordinated partnership working, intelligence-led action using data and analytical tools to assist with targeting of resources and to evaluate outcomes.
Reducing violence against women and girls
- This priority will tackle violence against women and girls. The CSP is committed to preventing all forms of gender-based violence and addressing it wherever and however it occurs. However, the CSP recognises that a significant number of men and boys also experience violent and abusive crimes.
- The aim is to increase public safety including the night-time economy, improve service provision for those affected and target the perpetrators.
- This will be achieved through preventative measures, support for victims and survivors’ legislation and ensuring perpetrators are held accountable and rehabilitated.
Reducing hate crime
- This priority will tackle hate crime across the city
- The aim is to improve residents’ knowledge of what a hate crime is, increase access to reporting centres and ambassadors, and to provide confidence and reassurance to victims and communities.
- This will be achieved though a mix of intelligence and evidence to understand the profile of hate crime offenders, education and communication, working with schools and engaging with faith centres and local community groups, training and support to develop and work with hate crime ambassadors.
Reducing knife enabled serious violence
- This priority is aimed at working with stakeholders to help prevent and deter individuals and groups from committing acts of serious violence and carrying or using knives.
- The aim is to decrease the number of knife crime assaults and weapons carried across Southend; reduce non-domestic knife crime with injury affecting 15-34 year-olds as recorded in NHS admission data; prevent children and young person’s becoming involved in serious violence.
- This will be achieved through an intelligence-led approach including stakeholder data, social media analysis, targeting problematic areas and misuse of substance and alcohol, and address high risk offenders.
Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Through working together, the community safety partnership has achieved many successes in reducing crime and disorder, protecting those who are vulnerable and making Southend safe and secure for residents, businesses, and visitors. This has been achieved during the difficult circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, which has had significant and wide-ranging impacts across the city.
“I am proud of these achievements but know that more needs to be done to make Southend safer and I believe our vision and priorities set out in the new strategy will ensure we continue to reduce crime and disorder and protect vulnerable people across Southend over the coming three years.
“The commitments set out in the strategy build on existing partnerships and seek to develop them in new and ambitious ways and include greater collaboration between the partnership as a whole.”
The plan will go through the democratic process and will be presented to Full Council on 8 December 2022 for formal adoption.