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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Licensing Committee: 4 October 2011

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 6 October 2011

 

Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Safer Vale Strategic Assessment

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Members of the annual Safer Vale Strategic Assessment.

Recommendation

1.             T H A T Committee note the information contained within the strategic assessment which details the strategic priorities for the Safer Vale Partnership.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To enable Committee to consider the strategic focus for Safer Vale during 2011-12.

Background

2.             The Strategic Assessment is a statutory document which is produced annually to identify the strategic focus of the Community Safety Partnership.

3.             The current administration have highlighted the need for local targets driven by local priorities.  The strategic assessment uses data and consultation feedback to identify these local targets.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             The targets identified in the assessment compliment the community safety objectives in the community strategy.

5.             The overall outcome of the Partnership is for “Residents and visitors to feel safe and that the Vale is recognised as a low crime area”.

6.             The following targets were identified in the assessment through intelligence led business processes:

  • Objective One: Reduce the level of violent offences and alcohol related violent offences in the Vale of Glamorgan

Most serious violence target: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 86 incidents

  • Objective Two: Reduce the impact of domestic abuse on victims, families and the wider community and ensure that help and support are available

Serious sexual offences: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 57 incidents

Domestic abuse: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, repeat incidents to account for 17% or less of total incidents.

  • Objective Three: Reduce the level of serious acquisitive crime and criminal damage in the Vale of Glamorgan

Criminal damage: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 1,524 incidents

Burglary: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 366 incidents

Robbery: Reduce or maintain 2010-11 performance, upper target: 24 incidents

  • Objective Four: Reduce the impact of Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) in the Vale

The Partnership will aim to increase data sharing with schools enabling a more rounded multiagency response.

The Partnership will train front line staff from relevant agencies in the use of the ASB system and ASB process.

As far as possible the Partnership will align the ASB processes between Safer Vale and Safer Bridgend in light of potential Partnership mergers.

The Partnership will work towards a holistic service for ASB victims of all ages.

  • Objective Five: Make the Vale of Glamorgan a safe place to live work and visit, free from crime and the fear of crime

The Safer Vale consultation analysis will be used to raise the profile of the partnership and community cohesion in a targeted way to the people and places that require it most.

The Partnership will raise the profile of CCTV in the Vale of Glamorgan through press and publications.

The Partnership will react accordingly and advise in relation to any incidents of illegal / rogue traders.

  • Objective Six: Integrated offender management (IOM)

The Partnership will help to implement the IOM project to help stabilise the lifestyles of the most prolific offenders in the Vale that are a substantial cost to all agencies.

  • Objective Seven: Reduce the impact of substance misuse in communities

Substance misuse is a running priority for the Partnership.  Cadoxton House and the joint service review will be major ongoing projects during 2011-12.  The progress will be monitored regularly within the Partnership to ensure delivery and sustainability.

  • Objective Eight: Prevention of Terrorism

This is a core role of the Partnership.  Work will continue to educate front line staff under the prevent strand of the CONTEST strategy.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

7.             The Partnership data analyst is employed by the Council but is fully funded by the Partnership to complete and update the statutory strategic assessment and monitor progress towards targets.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             There are no specific legal implications as a result of the strategic assessment and the resultant targets.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             The Partnership is committed to reducing crime and disorder and the fear of crime.  The strategic assessment identifies crime and disorder priorities and hotspot areas which assist in planned interventions.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        The priorities from the Strategic Assessment are partially based on community consultation, hence they are community based priorities.  Therefore the whole community will benefit (including hard to reach groups) from the implementation of targeted interventions to tackle the priorities.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        The Strategic Assessment is in line with and compliments the outcome of Community Safety within the Community Strategy.  ‘Residents and visitors to feel safe and that the Vale is recognised as a low crime area’.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        This report is for Scrutiny Committee consideration and for Licensing Committee for consideration in relation to policy development.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        Councillor Paul Church – Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer Vale Partnership.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

Appendix 1 – Strategic Assessment – public document

 

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs, Community Safety Manager

 

Officers Consulted

None

 

Responsible Officer:

P.H. Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services