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Community Safety

The Government Office for the West Midlands is responsible for delivering and performance-managing Public Service Agreements in relation to promoting social inclusion, reducing the levels of crime and disorder, and the harm caused by drugs.

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


 Latest News

Please see our Latest News page which is updated weekly to alert our stakeholders to: the latest news; fourthcoming events; developments or changes in policy or procedure, and any other related community safety issues. 

Forward Look

The Forward Look page contains details of key meeting dates and other important dates for diaries






Our role includes challenging and supporting 27 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and 14 Drugs Action Teams in the region to reduce people’s experience and fear of crime, address concerns about drugs and create safer, stronger communities and ensure those issues feature within Local Area Agreements and CDRP plans.

At the centre of this work are the Hallmarks of Effective Practice which have been introduced for CDRPs to check their own effectiveness and to identify areas of improvement. Our support initiatives include a Peer Support Programme.

Hallmarks of Effective Practice
Partnership working has contributed to a sustained fall in crime over the past ten years. However, the landscape in which Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships deliver has changed considerably since legislation was first introduced in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Working with stakeholders the Home Office carried out a formal review of the partnership provision of that Act. The suggested improvements were reflected in the Police and Justice Act 2006, and in subsequent regulations, which came into force in 2007.

The new statutory requirements form part of the Hallmarks of Effective Partnerships, which have been informed and influenced by stakeholders. These represent the key aspects that underpin effective delivery through partnerships. Partnerships use them to check their own effectiveness and to identify areas of improvement. The six are:

Empowered and Effective Leadership.
Visible and Constructive Accountability.
Intelligence-led Business Processes.
Effective and Responsive Delivery Structures.
Engaged Communities; and
Appropriate Skills and Knowledge.

For further information on guidance for effective partnerships please visit the Home Office’s web site.

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Home Office Strategy and Support Team
5 St Philip's Place
Colmore Row
B3 2PW
tel: 0121 352 5050 Option 3
fax: 0121 352 5197

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