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Have your say on tackling crime

7 March 2008
CAB/021/08

The Government is calling on members of the public to share their ideas on tackling crime in their communities, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is today announcing on a visit to Birmingham.

People will have the chance to shape final recommendations to cut crime and make their neighbourhoods feel safer in a ‘Have Your Say’ exercise led by the head of the Government's Crime and Communities Review, Louise Casey. Anyone wishing to contribute can log on to the Cabinet Office website or send in their views by post.

The call for evidence forms part of the Crime and Communities Review, a cross-government exercise looking at how the police and other front-line organisations can improve their services by working with local communities.

The Review covers four main areas:

Louise Casey said:

“Nobody knows more about the needs of an area than the people who live there, which is why I want to hear about what ordinary citizens think about tackling crime in their communities.

“This call for information gives people the opportunity to have their voices heard at the top levels of government.

“By listening to local communities we can understand what matters most to them, helping more people work with the police and others to stand up against crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.”

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:

“I am committed to building on the excellent progress made across the country by the police and local authorities to tackle crime, reduce fear of crime and improve public confidence.

“By 1st April there will be a Neighbourhood Policing Team in every area, giving local communities real influence in shaping local policing priorities. Every household will be able to contact their local policing team, and we are developing accessible local crime information. This Review looks further at the ways that communities and crime fighting agencies can work together to tackle crime even more effectively and reduce fear of crime.

“We have already achieved many of the commitments to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour set out in the Respect Action Plan and the Government remains committed to achieving the objectives it set out.”

As part of the dialogue, the Review team is assembling hundreds of community activists at a series of interactive public events in Sheffield and Birmingham this week and Manchester later in the month.

A questionnaire inviting views on specific areas of focus for the review has been produced. As well as the three main events, the Review team are also conducting a series of nationwide visits, police walkabouts and meetings with residents groups.

The Review team is expected to report back by June to a new Ministerial group comprising the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Justice, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Attorney General and the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Notes to editors:

  1. Louise Casey, now head of the Crime and Communities review in the Cabinet office, was formerly the head of the Respect Task Force and head of the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit based in the Home Office. Before that she was Director of the Government's Rough Sleepers Unit and Deputy Director of housing charity Shelter.
  2. Submissions to the review should be made on a Have Your Say form, which can be downloaded from www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/crime or by writing to
    FREEPOST,
    PO Box 1748,
    Croydon,
    Surrey,
    CR9 4XR.
  3. Home Office press office to add main recent developments, eg crime strategy, policing review.
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