Government Offices make a regional contribution to the Government’s aim to build a safe, just and tolerant society, protect the public and ensure the balance between the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and communities is properly maintained. Government Offices also deliver the four key themes of the National Drug Strategy.
More information on the national picture
We deliver national community safety policy on behalf of Government.
We tackle crime, substance misuse and terrorism in a number of ways:
- We support Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and the
Drugs & Alcohol Action Teams (DAATs) in the 33 London Boroughs –
helping them achieve local targets and ambitions. We advise on
national policy and local performance issues. Where problems arise we
promote best practice, seek out solutions and offer expert advice. We
also take up issues raised by local partners with national policy
- We deliver funded programmes through partnerships (totalling £9.2
million in 2009/10). We have recently distributed funds such as:
- Domestic and sexual violence funds (£550,000)
- London Migration Impact Fund (£5,500,000)
- Tackling Knives Action Programme fund (£250,000).
- Counter Terrorism (Prevent and Protecting Crowded Places)
- …as well as funds through Operation Vigilance, the
Alcohol programme, the ASB programme and the small retailers grant.
- We provide training where it’s needed. For example we have
provided training for partnerships on analysis techniques, countering
radicalisation and Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences.
- We influence national policy. Our policy specialists work with
national and local partners to ensure policy works for London. For
example, we are currently working with Home Office on a new protocol to
ensure the most vulnerable domestic violence victims can be better
supported when they move from borough to borough.
- We lead on the negotiation of Local Area
Agreements on behalf of Central Government. 3 of the 5
most commonly chosen LAA indicators focus on community safety (on
serious violence, acquisitive crime and drug treatment).
- We help to deliver the Prevent,
of the UK’s Countering International Terrorism Strategy.
- We bring practitioners together to share best practice. Such
peer-learning opportunities are very popular. We host a number of
events in support of practitioners – such as those dealing with
(re)offenders, counter-terrorism and domestic violence.
Safety Partnership (LCSP)
The LCSP is hosted by GOL. It has driven forward a range of
innovative and successful programmes to help tackle key crime priorities
for London. The LCSP is chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of
the Metropolitan Police, Tim Godwin, and the vice-Chair is GOL's Regional
Director, Chris Hayes.