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Crime and Communities Review

report coverA major review examining how to better engage communities in the fight against crime and raise public confidence in the Criminal Justice System was published today. ‘Engaging Communities in Fighting Crime’ is the result of an in-depth, eight-month study headed by Louise Casey, former head of the Government’s Respect Task Force.

The review contains more than 30 common-sense proposals to reduce crime, create safer communities and increase public confidence. The findings are strongly influenced by the views of nearly 15,000 ordinary members of the public and front-line staff, who have been canvassed by the review team since last October. The starting point for the review is that without public action, support and confidence, the police and other criminal justice agencies cannot make communities safer. However, for the public to play their part, they need to see and experience services that tackle crime effectively, give them confidence and back them up.

Its conclusion is that radical change is needed to get the public more engaged in tackling crime and to halt the erosion of community spirit.

If you have any further queries about the review you can email the Review Team at