Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership
The Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership (SCP) was set up as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act in 1998. Under the legislation, responsible authorities (police, local authorities, fire and rescue, probation and clinical commissioning groups) are required to work together with partners to protect their local communities from crime and disorder.
The overall aim of the SCP is to make Lichfield District a safe and welcoming place to live, where individuals, neighbourhoods and communities take a sense of pride in where they live. We want our communities to look out for each other and feel supported when it comes to reporting crime.
The SCP is part of a broader Local Strategic Partnership for Lichfield district called the Lichfield District Board, which is chaired by councillor Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council. The board approves a local community safety delivery plan in March every year, which sets out the partnership priorities for the following three years.
The 2019/2020 community safety strategic priorities for the Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership are:
- domestic abuse
- anti-social behaviour
- child sexual exploitation
With two cross cutting themes:
And the under pinning theme of:
• public reassurance
The CSP is comprised of several groups with specific responsibilities. These include:
- CSP Delivery Group which meets quarterly and is accountable to the Lichfield District Board for ensuring the Partnership carries out its duties in line with current regulation.
- Partnership briefings (hub meetings) which take place weekly. This is a multi-agency problem solving group that seeks to address identified issues particularly in relation to vulnerable members of our community.
- Domestic & Sexual Abuse Forum, covering Burton on Trent, Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough, meets quarterly and aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence and improve services for those affected by abuse.
- Lichfield District Crime Prevention Panel which aims to identify the main crime problems in the area and with the support of the community, develop solutions.
- Lichfield District Youth Services Group meets quarterly and brings together a range of agencies and groups which provide services for young people. The aim of the group is to share information about services available and identify any gaps and how they can be filled.
- The Responsible Bodies Group (RBG), working alongside the CSP, meets every six weeks and takes the strategic lead on licensing and enforcement in relation to alcohol across the District.
- Lichfield District Safer Neighbourhood Panel is made up of local residents and some local councillors who meet regularly with the Lichfield District policing commander. Their aim is to shape local policing and community safety and shine the spotlight on the work carried out by the police to ensure greater transparency and help build public confidence. They examine the impact of policing, community resolutions and restorative justice on their communities.
Some key partners include:
- Lichfield District Council
- Staffordshire Police
- Bromford Living
- Midland Heart Housing Association
- Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
- Community and Voluntary Sector
Community safety team
The community safety team is responsible for a number of services including:
- representation at weekly HUB meetings
- administration of many of the partnership groups
- receiving reports of anti-social behaviour, offering advice and signposting to relevant agencies
- community safety officers case hold low level anti-social behaviour cases involving privately rented or home owner properties, that require our intervention or offer mediation
- working in partnership with agencies, campaigning or advising on community safety
- working in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council on prevalent issues such as PREVENT, modern day slavery, hate crime and child sexual exploitation
- leading on the delivery of the community safety delivery plan with partners and updating the OPCC and District Board on progress
- administering the small projects fund offering small grants for community safety projects.
You can contact the community safety team by email or call us on 01543 308777.