"No single organisation can hope to reduce the incidence of crime. Local organisations need to work together to develop comprehensive solutions to improve the community's quality of life" (The Audit Commission)
The 1998 Crime and Disorder Act require that all responsible authorities must develop a strategy to tackle crime and disorder in their local area. Responsible authorities include Local Authorities, the Police, Police Authority, Fire and Rescue Authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).
Three Community Safety Partnerships were initially set up in South Worcestershire in Worcester City, Malvern and Wychavon. However they agreed to merge in 2003 to form the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (SWCSP).
The SWCSP meets quarterly and oversees the work done by the local district operational partnerships who meet on a monthly basis (see operational chart below).
SWCSP representatives come from a varied number of agencies and organisations including:
Worcester City Council
Malvern Hills District Council
Wychavon District Council
Worcestershire County Council
West Mercia Constabulary
West Mercia Police Authority
Worcestershire Youth Offending Service
Worcester Community Housing
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority
West Mercia Probation Trust
Worcestershire Substance Misuse Action Team (SMAT)
South Worcestershire Magistrates
West Midlands Ambulance Service
All Partnership members work together to develop communities that are safe and feel safe.
The South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership works to reduce crime and disorder, deliver projects to tackle the agreed county wide priorities of reducing reoffending, domestic abuse and sexual violence, harm reduction including anti-social behaviour, hate crime and preventing violent extremism and working to tackle drug and alcohol misuse.
1. Reduce Crime and Disorder
2. Protect Vulnerable People
3. Reduce Offending and Reoffending