Safer Buckinghamshire Plan 2020-2023
2. The Safer Buckinghamshire Board
We must work together to tackle crime and disorder successfully. This includes local residents and businesses, community and voluntary groups and public services.
The Crime & Disorder Act 1998 gave the police and local authorities powers to join with other organisations to form a local Community Safety Partnership. The role of the partnership is to develop an action plan to reduce crime within the local area. In Buckinghamshire this partnership is called the Safer Buckinghamshire Board.
The members of the Safer Buckinghamshire Board are:
- Buckinghamshire Council
- Thames Valley Police
- Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service ● Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- National Probation Service – Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire ● Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company
- Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Board brings together experts from the police, fire service, probation, health and social care. This gives a rounded approach. Reducing crime is not just about dealing with the crime itself but looking at the wider picture. For example, health services may be the first service to pick up the impact of crime on a person. In a similar way, keeping children and young people safe, either as victims of crime or those committing crime, will involve social care services.
The Safer Buckinghamshire Board also works closely with many other organisations including community and voluntary groups and local businesses. Although these groups do not sit on the Board, they may be invited to meetings and get involved in the work of the Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership.
The Board also has legal duties. These are:
- Undertaking a Community Safety Strategic Assessment ● Developing a Community Safety Plan
- Seeking the views of local residents
- Reducing re-offending
- Preventing extremism
- Tackling modern slavery
- Dealing with anti-social behaviour
- Addressing drug and alcohol misuse
- Carrying out Domestic Homicide Reviews
- Tackling persistent anti-social behaviour