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Agreeing Priorities

Your Partnership will need to meet and discuss the key findings of the Audit. It will then need to consider what it is going to do about the identified crime and disorder problems.

Each of the key partners, including the police, local authority, fire service probation and health authority will be devising their own strategic plans with objectives and targets. Some of these targets will have been guided by national strategies and others will be planned in response to locally identified needs.

Drafting the Partnership's response to alcohol-related crime and disorder problems should take account of individual agencies' own service objectives. Policing plan objectives for reductions in violence and disorder, health authority plans to reduce alcohol-related injuries, and strategies which incorporate or complement the objectives of key partners, enabling them to work in partnership to achieve their own goals, are more likely to succeed.


Development of other local plans

Although the primary purpose of the audit is to assist in developing strategies to tackle crime and disorder, it can also provide useful information for developing.

  • Local Policing Plans
  • Youth Justice Plans
  • Children’s Services Plan
  • Local Transport Plan
  • Social Inclusion Partnership Plans (e.g. SRBs, New Deal for Communities, Health & Education Action Zone Plans)
  • Health Improvement Plan
  • Housing Strategies
  • Community Care Plan
  • Drug Action Plan
  • Probation Service Business Plan
  • Internal corporate & business plans)

Key partners should also be encouraged to incorporate the partnership's goals in relation to tackling crime and disorder into their own service plans, taking account of the audit findings for their service. They will then be in a better position to identify their own specific contribution to the work of the partnership. This will assist Crime & Disorder Partnerships in complying with s17 of the Crime & Disorder Act, which requires partner agencies to review the community safety implications of their work.

It is, therefore incumbent on each agency to come to a partnership or inter-agency task group meeting outlining:

  • its strategic priorities in relation to tackling crime and disorder
  • what it can contribute to tackling crime and disorder

The Group as a whole can then consider the resulting agenda, looking at

  • Areas of agreement & disagreement
  • What is known about effective practice in tackling specific crimes
  • Agree priorities for action

After the meeting individual partners will need to endorse the agreed priorities.

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