Our strategic aim is to work in partnership to reduce crime and disorder in Cheshire and West Chester.
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 placed responsibility on local authorities and police chiefs to meet regularly with responsible authorities to discuss crime and disorder issues within their geography and carry out an annual strategic assessment with a strategy or plan in place to reduce crime and disorder.
Following Local Government Review in 2009 a Cheshire West and Chester Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) was formed, which replaced the arrangements in the previous unitary local authorities. The CDRP is now known as Cheshire West and Chester Community Safety Partnership.
The Cheshire West and Chester Community Safety Partnership is chaired by Cheshire West and Chester Council and meets bi-monthly with terms of reference in place that are reviewed annually.
The functions of the Cheshire West and Chester Community Safety Partnership are:
- To fulfil the statutory requirements of a Community Safety Partnership as set out in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
- Prepare a Strategic Assessment at least once a year
- Prepare, agree and implement a Partnership Plan that will be refreshed each year
- Refresh the Terms of Reference and Membership of the Community Safety Partnership each year
- Develop and review information sharing protocols across the partnerships
- Manage performance against the objectives set out in the Partnership Plan, and PCC Performance framework.
- Co-ordinate the work of partner agencies in developing a safer Cheshire West and Chester.
- Engage with other relevant strategies, for example Health and Well-Being, YOS and PCC plan.
- Adoption of a victim focused approach across all work streams in line with the PCC plan
- Use evidence based practice to reduce crime and disorder and increase community safety
- Report progress of the Community Safety Partnership and its supporting groups to the Health and Well-Being Board and partner governing bodies
- To understand and work in partnership to deliver interventions to target Child Sexual Exploitation (including missing children and referrals regarding CSE and risky behaviours)
- To fulfil the statutory requirements of a Community Safety Partnership
- To fulfil statutory obligations in relation to Domestic Homicide Reviews