The Coalition Government and Minimum Standards
The government is currently (2011) developing a programme of reforms which will impact upon the way in which Community Safety Partnerships delivered their programmes of crime and disorder reduction in England and Wales. That programme will be addressed in the Crime and Policing Policy page of this site.
Over the next two years there will be a radical reduction in resources available to community safety partnerships and in real terms it is expected that the Community Safety Fund budget for 2012-13 will be at least 60% less than the current (2010-11) budget available to CSPs. Such a reduction, combined with the proposals to give the new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) control of the Community Safety Fund must have an, as yet unquantified, impact on the application of minimum standards.
Police and Justice Act 2006 (PJA 2006)
The Police and Justice Act 2006 comprehensively revised the founding legislation (Crime and Disorder Act 1998) to the Partnerships “.....the most effective possible vehicle for tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse in their communities”.
The PJA 2006 places a new duty on CDRPs to join together in a formal strategic group to undertake frequent strategic assessments of levels and patterns of crime and drug misuse in their area and to produce annual rolling three year community safety plans.
The details of these new Minimum Standards are contained in Statutory Instrument 1830:
which came into force on 1 August 2007.
The provision of information to undertake the strategic assessments are covered in Statutory Instrument 1831
The Act also provides for the local authority scrutiny of the CDRPs activities (but the implementation of these may be delayed subject to the current Policing Review's development and findings.
Key Areas for Minimum Standards of Operation
1. Partnerships are required to produce an annual three year rolling plan/strategy.
2. A duty is placed on named agencies to share aggregate, depersonalised data, when doing so is in the interests of preventing crime, disorder and substance misuse (the CDA 1998 only provides a power to share the data).
3. CSP agencies are required to mainstream anti-social behaviour reduction and substance misuse, as well as crime and disorder (of which they are already obliged to take account).
4 A government power to define national standards for partnership working; with which the CSPs are required to comply. These standards were issued with accompanying detailed guidance in the following area’s:
§ Empowerment and Effective Leadership: to ensure that there is the right level of representation and involvement across CDRP’s
§ Intelligence Led Business Processes: to ensure that decision making is based upon good and up to date information
§ Effective and Responsive Delivery Structures: to enable partnerships to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of their communities on community safety
§ Community Engagement: to ensure that local people are informed, consulted and involved
§ Visible and Constructive Accountability: to make CDRP’s and their decisions accountable to local people
§ Appropriate Knowledge and Skills: to consider the skills and knowledge that are required to meet objectives identified in plan
5. The powers also extended the powers of local authority scrutiny committees to include scrutiny of CSPs and provide a mechanism to enable communities to get community safety problems prioritised.
Key Standards Links
Statutory duties to develop Crime and Disorder Partnerships, auditst and strategies : ASBO's; YJB; Youth Offending Teams.
Development of crime and disorder strategic assessments, minimum standards for community safety, overview and scrutiny; amendments to CDA 1998; Parenting Orders; ASB injunctions; fixed penalty notices etc.