TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND ITS CAUSES

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs)


Crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs)

The Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) is a statutory partnership. It is also known in some areas as the community safety partnership (CSP). These partnerships were formed as result of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) and there is one in every local government area, a total of 376 in England and Wales. The CDRP is accountable to the Crime Reduction Director in the relevant regional government office. You can obtain a web link to your government office by looking at www.crimereduction.gov.uk

3 year audits of crime, disorder and substance misuse

Every three years the CDRP must conduct an audit of crime, disorder and substance misuse in its area, this includes ASB. Follow the link below to view audit and strategy toolkits and anti-social behaviour toolkits on the Crime Reduction website.  Once the audit is completed the community, including hard-to-reach groups, must be consulted on the findings and the partnership must then establish the public's priorities for action. On completion of this consultation the partnership publishes a three-year Crime, Disorder and Substance Misuse Reduction Strategy.

Funding is allocated to each CDRP to help contribute to initiatives to reduce crime and disorder.

Drug action teams (DATs)

The Drug action team,(DAT) sometimes also known as the drug and alcohol action team, is a multi-agency partnership in each metropolitan, unitary and county local authority area; membership includes local authority, police, probation service, YOT, and drug treatment providers.

The government's drugs strategy has four priority areas:

  • a reduction in the availability of illegal drugs on the streets, particularly Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine
  • protecting communities from drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour
  • provision of drug treatment to enable people with drug problems to overcome them and live healthy and crime free lives
  • help young people to resist drug misuse in order to achieve their full potential in society.

DATs have been required to produce an annual plan to be submitted to the government outlining how it will tackle each of these priority areas.

You can see more about the government's anti-drugs strategy at www.drugs.gov.uk. This cross- government site is a one-stop shop for DATs and all those who want more information on their role.

CDRP and DAT mergers

At present, the crime and reduction partnerships and DATs are in a process of merging so that they will more effectively tackle crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse by working more closely together. Guidance on integration and closer working can be found below.

You can see more about the government's anti-drugs strategy at www.drugs.gov.uk. This cross- government site is a one-stop shop for DATs and all those who want more information on their role.

ARTICLE LAST UPDATED: 08/10/2007

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