The Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership is the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) for North Lincolnshire and arose out of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. CSPs are partnerships between the emergency services, local authorities, public, private, and voluntary sector agencies that work together to reduce crime, disorder and substance misuse. There are 370 such partnerships across England and Wales.

In North Lincolnshire the CSP is called the Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership.

The role of Safer Neighbourhoods is to provide a link between agencies and work together to reduce crime, disorder and substance misuse. We commission drug and alcohol treatment services, coordinate multi-agency crime reduction projects. We support work done to reduce domestic abuse, we operate an antisocial behaviour project team and we manage the partnership’s crime reduction and drug/alcohol treatment budgets. We also work closely with Neighbourhood Action Teams which are chaired by the local Councillor and is attended by both partners and local people to help to identify local problems and help find local solutions. If the problem is bigger than one community, then it is referred to the Safer Neighbourhoods Operational Group who will then work at a more senior level to provide a strategic solution.

So how does it work?

By working together the resulting pooling of resources means that problems can be tackled from many different directions at once. For example: There was a block of flats in Scunthorpe where an arsonist was persistently setting fire to bins, the rubbish left in stairwells, etc. There was a real fear that sooner or later someone would be seriously injured or even lose their life. By working closely with the police, the Council, North Lincs Homes and Safer Neighbourhoods a number of actions were put in place to tackle the problem:

  • Multi-agency meeting at Safer Neighbourhoods to put an action plan together
  • Security cameras were installed by NL Homes
  • Police patrolled more frequently
  • Accumulated rubbish was removed by NL Council
  • Humberside Fire Service visited the flats on a number of occasions giving advice to residents

Eventually the perpetrator was identified and the fires stopped before anyone was injured.

Also by working together we improve the lines of communication and avoid duplication of effort. Together with our partners we identify problems which affect communities and put multi-agency strategies in place to deal with the problem.

How is the provision of the service we provide influenced by working in partnership?

Annually our analyst produces a Joint Strategic Intelligence Assessment (JSIA) document which identifies the priorities for the partnership with input from all the partners involved. The JSIA aims to provide an accurate picture of the current, emerging and longer-term issues facing the Partnership and shows performance against the priorities set out in the North Lincolnshire Safer Communities Plan.  The JSIA also identifies where the hotspots are for various crimes, who the offenders are (adults/juveniles/men/women etc), their age range and whether drugs or alcohol is involved in committing the crime. The JSIA identifies also the victims and who are likely to be targeted. The Community Safety Plan itself is based on the information contained in the JSIA. 

The Community Safety Plan sets out 4 priorities:

  • Target Problems in Priority Wards
  • Reduce Prolific Offending and Reoffending
  • Reduce Violent Crime
  • Respond to Locally Identified Crime and ASB Issues

A copy of the Community Safety Plan is available for download in the Publications Section.

Crime Analysis

The overall purpose of the Safer Neighbourhood Crime Analyst role is to facilitate, guide and support the implementation of the North Lincolnshire Safer Communities Plan by the production, maintenance and analysis of data and other information to assist in community safety planning and decision making.