Policing Services              

Policing and Community Safety

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, placed a statutory duty on the 43 police forces in England and Wales, their police authorities and local authorities to work together in partnership to reduce crime. To varying degrees these community safety partnerships have undertaken a shared and often expanding range of activities for over a decade. Similar activities have been undertaken by the , 8 Scottish forces and the one covering Northern Ireland. Each one of these services is linked to the delivery of crime prevention and crime reduction, in addition to the core duties of enforcing the law and 'maintaining the peace'.

Until the early 1990's crime prevention and community safety was generally seen as the exclusive province of the police service and after almost 2 decades of developing partnership work the Police Services of England and Wales became closely integrated into a structure which was aimed at sharing the duties and responsibilities for this area of work across a broad spectrum of organisations in a structured and systematic way.

The current cuts in all Home Office crime reduction budgets (as an example, the cut of 60% over two years in allocated community safety funds) is having a major impact on what police and their partners can undertake. In July 2011, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published a report entitled Adapting to Austerity estimated that from March 2010-March 2015 the police workforce in England and Wales would reduce by 16,200 police officers, 1800 PCSOs and 16,100 police staff – a total of 34,100

The major reform of strategic policing management and the settling of responsibility for regional policing and crime strategic policy, through the creating of Police and Crime Commissioners will further challenge police community safety partnership work.

 Links

 

Scottish Police Service Website

The website for the Scottish Police services

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Website of the single Northern Ireland Police Service

British Transport Police

Homepage of the UK national police service for the railways in Great Britain. Provides information on regional contacts and BTP policy on policing sporting events.

SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency)

SOCA is the UK government agency responsible for dealing with financial information concerning suspected     proceeds of crime in order to counter money laundering.