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:

Devon and Cornwall Police

Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company

Devon County Council

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

East Devon District Council

Mid Devon District Council

Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Safer Devon Partnership

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 five LAGs which meet every two months and  are attended by representatives from a variety of different agencies. The five groups namely Honiton, Axe Valley (Axminster and Seaton), Exmouth, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary and Cranbrook are not only responsible for the towns but also for the rural areas surrounding them.  The domestic and sexual violence and abuse forum meets quarterly.