Community safety & the Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership
Whilst it is recognised that the police make considerable achievements in combating crime, it is also increasingly recognised that further achievements are possible if residents, businesses, statutory and voluntary agencies take responsibility to work together to help make our society a safe place for everyone.
Community safety offers a wider approach to tackling crime and disorder by encompassing not just criminal activities but also taking account of social and environmental influences. As well as traditional crime prevention and reduction activities, community safety includes addressing quality of life issues which are not necessarily criminal.
The Crime and Disorder Act came into force in 1998 which required us to work together with other agencies in the community to reduce crime and disorder in the area. These partnerships, often referred to as "Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships" are required to carry out a crime audit and develop and implement a community safety strategy every three years.
The approach in Lichfield District has been to take advantage of the wider benefits of partnership working, and for our partnership to take the broader view of community safety, hence our partnership is the Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership.