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Community safety partnership

The community safety partnership (formerly the safer cleaner partnership) consists of the wider community safety partnership (CSP) and a statutory officer group.

The 2006 review of the Crime and Disorder Act and subsequent amendments to legislation resulted in an approach to CSPs that is more flexible and allows more local discretion. However, there remain some key statutory responsibilities which must be met:

  • a strategy group to be made up of senior representatives from the responsible authorities
  • prepare, implement and performance manage an evidence-led annual strategic assessment and three-yearly partnership plan for the reduction of crime and disorder in the area
  • consult the community on the levels and patterns of crime, disorder and substance misuse and on matters that need to be prioritised by the partnership
  • reduce re-offending
  • coordinate domestic violence homicide reviews
  • share information among the responsible authorities within the CSP
  • have a crime and disorder scrutiny committee with the power to review and scrutinise decisions made and action taken by the community safety partnership
  • assess value for money of partnership activities

Statutory officer group

The statutory officer group is responsible for discharging the statutory duties of the CSP, setting strategy and challenging each other on performance. It’s accountable to the wider CSP and strategy is made with the full involvement of the partnership. The group meets four times a year with ad-hoc meetings as required. Agendas are focused on the key priorities set out in the community safety plan.


Responsible authorities (statutory requirements for the partnership) are responsible for meeting the statutory duties:

  • police
  • local authority Chief Executive
  • fire and rescue
  • health
  • head of probation service
  • elected member responsible for community safety
  • others on a flexible, as-needs-be basis


The group meets four times a year for two hours, with ad hoc meetings as required.

First hour

  • consider progress against key priorities as set out in the community safety plan and other related strategies
  • identify the risks and issues that require partnership action
  • horizon-scanning and monitoring watching briefs
  • exploring key issues/themes

Second hour

  • prioritise actions and task groups or individuals to undertake actions. For each action, a statutory officer will act as champion. The champion is accountable for ensuring that the partnership action is taken forward
  • officers/task and finish groups to report back to statutory officers group on progress



Community resilience partnership

The community resilience partnership holds the statutory officer group to account and discusses risks and issues that require partnership action, cross-cutting themes and community engagement.


  • Cabinet members/non-exec members of partners
  • Greater London Authority
  • senior leaders from responsible authorities
  • chief officers
  • service heads/managers
  • housing representatives
  • voluntary and community sector
  • community representatives (including faith groups)
  • Learning Trust and further education college representation

The community resilience partnership meets quarterly for two hours.



Page updated on: 11 July 2019

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