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Community safety priorities

The Crime and Disorder Act and subsequent legislation, placed a duty on a number of agencies including Dorset Police and Dorset Council to work together to reduce crime, disorder and improve the safety of communities within the county.

Dorset Community Safety Partnership

It was recognised that lasting improvements would only be achieved through the formation of partnerships between various agencies and local communities.

The aim of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership is to deliver safer communities. The Community Safety Partnership Plan details how we will achieve this. An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was completed in the formulation of this plan.

Community Safety Partnerships complete an annual assessment of crime and disorder in their area. The results of this assessment are used with the results from a public consultation to inform Dorset's community safety priorities. Initiatives are put in place to tackle all aspects raised through the process. It is about local solutions to local problems.

Key priorities 2018/19

In Dorset, the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has agreed five priority areas for 2018/19 which have been identified using information gained from our communities and through working with other agencies:

  • sexual violence and child sexual exploitation
  • domestic abuse
  • antisocial behaviour
  • hate crime
  • criminal exploitation

Community Safety Partnership Work Plan

The Community Safety Partnership Work Plan 2018-19 gives more detail on the priorities and actions to deliver them. It is a living document with targets being regularly monitored, and projects evaluated to gauge effectiveness. If local issues change or initiatives are no longer relevant, appropriate action will be taken.

Reducing Reoffending 

Working with the pan Dorset Community Safety and Criminal Justice Board (CSCJB), the Dorset Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has developed a three-year strategy for reducing reoffending in the area. The pan Dorset Reducing Reoffending Strategy 2018-2021 details how this will be achieved. An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was completed in the formulation of this strategy

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