Agenda item

South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership Review 2020/21

To consider an update on the South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership.


Alec Proffitt, Policy and Engagement Officer of Barrow Borough Council introduced himself, and provided an update on the work of the South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership (CSP) during the past year.


The substantive report outlined that South Cumbria CSP, one of three CSPs in Cumbria, covered the areas of South Lakeland and Barrow.  The CSP aimed to reduce crime and enable local communities to remain safe and reassured, without fear or threat of crime.  It did this through identifying priorities (related to crime figures and trends, consultation and the Police and Crime Plan) for its annual Partnership Plan. 


Cumbria, being one of the safest areas within the country, still faced community safety issues. The latest crime statistics for South Lakeland (from Cumbria Constabulary) were provided within the report. The Officer highlighted that there was an increase in the number of burglaries and stalking/harassment cases. Due to the impact of COVID-19 community crime monitoring operations were presented with many cohesion challenges.

Details of the projects that had been funded, and actions undertaken, to tackle the CSP priorities were provided within the report, together with other activities supported by the CSP and Cumbria-wide initiatives supported and funded by the CSP.

In respect of questions raised on the success of the tactical Local Focus Hubs, the Engagement Officer explained that Hub meetings had led to an integrated and collaborative approach with the Police and the County Council. However, the Hubs were still a working progress. He explained that from a Local Government perspective, the Hubs should not be a Police-led group and were intended to have a greater focus on community safety. Councillor Suzie Pye, the Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, and the current Chair of the South Cumbria CSP, echoed this statement and explained that she envisaged the Hubs would be central to the progress of the CSP. In March 2021, the CSP held its first meeting with the new partnership with the Hubs being the operational arm of the CSP. The Portfolio Holder explained that it had been a transitional year for the CSP as a statutory partnership.


Members voiced a strategic approach would be beneficial in focusing the work of the CSP. Discussions took place around how the productive work of the CSP could be communicated to the wider community; the Chair of the South Cumbria CSP explained this would be discussed at the partnership’s next meeting in June.


Members raised questions on the resources being invested into County Lines and the rise in burglaries in rural areas, voicing that there was a lack of confidence in Policing operations. The Portfolio Holder brought to Members’ attention the newly established child centred policing Hub. Rural burglaries would also be another concentration for the CSP’s June meeting.


Discussion took place around harassment within young people and how the CSP supported those individuals seeking help, and how the partnership addressed these crimes in relation to safeguarding. The Portfolio Holder explained to Members the various platforms and contacts  that were available to those in need.


Finally, Members requested that an update be provided to the Committee twice per year, both the Chair of the South Cumbria CSP and Engagement Officer were supportive of this proposal. Members thanked the Engagement Officer for his comprehensive report and expressed particular praise to the Portfolio Holder as Chair of the CSP for her hard work and voiced how lucky Members were to have the Portfolio representing South Lakeland as Chair. The Portfolio Holder also undertook to organise a meeting to update Members on the work of the partnership Hubs. 


RESOLVED – That that the Overview and Scrutiny:-


1)     The report be received and endorsed;


2)     note the contribution made through the CSP to the SLDC Council Plan target: “working with partners to reduce domestic violence, alcohol related crime, substance misuse, child sexual exploitation and anti-social behaviour.”; and


3)     receive updates from the South Cumbria CSP twice per year.

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