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 Community Safety Groups (CSGs) along with the domestic and sexual violence and abuse forum.

In East Devon there are four Community Safety Groups (CSGs) which meet quarterly  and  are attended by representatives from a variety of different agencies. The four groups namely Honiton & Axminster, Seaton & Sidmouth, Exmouth, Cranbrook & Ottery St Mary  are  responsible for the towns and the rural areas surrounding them. 

The domestic and sexual violence and abuse forum meets quarterly.