The Community Safety Landscape
The organisations making up the Community Safety landscape of the Leicestershire Force Area play a crucial part in achieving the priorities outlined in the Police and Crime Plan.
Arrangements and approaches are not uniform across the area, so differing approaches and models are used in the Leicestershire County area and Districts within the County area, Leicester City and Rutland.
The Home Office defines community safety as: "An aspect of quality of life in which people, individually and collectively, are protected as far as possible from hazards or threats that result from the criminal or anti-social behaviour of others and are equipped or helped to cope with those they do experience." Community Safety Partnerships were initially set up by the Crime and Disorder Act in 1998. The agencies that comprise statutory membership of each partnership have changed on a number of occasions since then, but as of November 2012 the agencies listed under the legislation will be:
- Local Authorities
- Fire Authority
- Health Service
It is the legal duty of these organisations to exercise their various functions 'with due regard to the likely effect of the exercise of those functions on, and the need to do all that it reasonably can to prevent, crime and disorder in its area.' CSPs are empowered to co-opt other relevant agencies if they so desire.
More information on the Community Safety and Partnership Landscape in our area can be found here.