The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 placed a legal responsibility on certain public bodies and other agencies to work together to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime locally, in order to improve quality of life and to create a safer living and working environment.
Following the Act various crime and disorder reduction partnerships were set up across the country and one such partnership, which has developed over the years, is the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership.
Members of the Community Safety Partnership include representatives from statutory and voluntary organisations as well as from the business sector. The Partnership Steering Group includes representatives from:
The Partnership Steering Group meets 4 times a year to monitor and oversee the work of the geographical local action groups (LAGs) along with the domestic and sexual violence and abuse forum.
In East Devon there are four LAGs which meet every six weeks and which are attended by representatives from a variety of different agencies. The four groups namely Honiton, Axe Valley (Axminster and Seaton), Exmouth and Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary are not only responsible for the towns but also for the rural areas surrounding them. In Mid Devon there are three such LAGs. The domestic and sexual violence and abuse forum meets quarterly.
You can read a full version of The East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership 2017-18 Plan with actions plans for each of the main aims.
Mid-Devon Council host the minutes of Partnership Steering Group meetings on their website.