Adoption of South & East Lincolnshire Community Safety Strategy for 2022 to 2025
Full Councils, Cabinets and Executive Boards across the South & East Lincolnshire Council Partnership have met and approved new ambitious priorities within the new joint Community Safety Strategy for 2022 to 2025.
A Community Safety Strategy has been produced to demonstrate the work of the South & East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (SELCSP) which is working collaboratively with the County Safer Lincolnshire Partnership (SLP) as they seek to address crime and disorder at a local, sub-regional and county level. The SLP comprises of representatives from the police, local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, health and probation services (the 'responsible authorities'). The responsible authorities have a duty to work in co-operation with other 'co-operating bodies' for example Registered Social Landlords and Parish Councils.
The strategy will focus efforts and resources on five priority areas which work alongside the county priorities which were identified for the SLP. Information from the county strategic assessment was reviewed along with routine data on crime and ASB from Lincolnshire Police, information from the pilot initiative StreetSafe, and perception data from the Lincolnshire Crime and Policing Survey. This has been considered alongside the county priorities identified for the SLP.
The five strategic priorities are:
- Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)- Tackling ASB is a core role which involves working together and with other agencies daily with high risk and complex ASB cases addressed through multi-agency Anti-Social Behaviour Risk Assessment Conferences (ASBRACs). The district councils coordinate the Community Trigger (also known as the Anti-Social Behaviour Case Review) which gives victims the right to demand a formal case review where the local threshold is met.
- Hate Crime - To work to raise awareness of hate crime, targeting individuals and groups who are more likely to be victims, and ensure there are a variety of methods for people to report Hate Crimes and incidents with confidence.
- Safer Streets & Night-Time Economy - Community safety work to support the Night-Time Economy and the safety of our streets within urban centres and local neighbourhoods provides greater opportunities for local businesses and communities to thrive with a reduced risk of crime and disorder. Using The Safer Streets Fund has to continue to enable improvements to be made to CCTV and ANPR capacity, amongst other measures, to bring focus to safety at the neighbourhood level. Multi-agency working between police and councils licensing officers, utilising the drugs itemiser to provide a real opportunity to increase safety during the evening hours.
- The Safety of Women & Girls - Increase public safety including the night-time economy, incorporating key night-time economy areas and pedestrian routes which have been identified as being disproportionately affected by VAWG. Complementing the Women's Concordat, which aims to improve outcomes for women and girls at risk of entering or who have already entered the criminal justice sector, and ensures it is embedded within local work streams to keep our sub-region a safe area to live, work and visit.
- Vulnerability & Safeguarding - To drive work locally to ensure that officers can identify signs of issues such as sexual exploitation, county lines, modern slavery, and serious and organised crime, as well as understanding more recent approaches such as Contextual Safeguarding.
Councillor Paul Skinner, Leader of Boston Borough Council, Councillor Craig Leyland, Leader of East Lindsey District Council and Councillor Gary Porter, Leader of South Holland District Council, said: "Through adopting this new joint Community Safety Strategy across the partnership we are looking forward to our teams working together and achieving even more successes in tackling anti-social behaviour, reducing crime and disorder, protecting those who are vulnerable and continue to make the streets of South and East Lincolnshire safe and secure for our residents and businesses.
"We believe the vision set out in our priorities will ensure we continue to work with our partners and organisations to reduce crime and disorder and protect the vulnerable in our communities over the coming years."
7 December 2022