Legislative framework

Legislative framework

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 placed a new statutory duty on the police and local authorities to work together to develop and implement three year strategies to tackle crime and disorder. A Community Safety Partnership (CSP) was set up to implement this and locally it is known as the Safer Woking Partnership. This new requirement included producing a detailed crime and disorder audit, consulting and involving key agencies and the wider community and using the findings to identify the strategic priorities and set targets and performance measures. This duty was further extended and amended by the Police Reform Act 2002 and the Police and Justice Act 2006.

A review of the partnership provisions of the 1998 Act (as amended by the Police Reform Act 2002) was published in January 2007. One of the recommendations was to replace the three year audit with an annual strategic assessment. The introduction of strategic assessments is intended to provide partnerships with intelligence and evidence of the priorities and problems for their partnership that will inform effective and responsive delivery structures.

The Safer Woking Partnership tackles crime and disorder by auditing and monitoring local incidences and working together to devise and deliver an effective strategy to deal with it, including tackling the fear of crime.

Within Woking Borough Council, all services contribute to the crime and disorder agenda, in line with Section 17 of the 1998 Act, which requires local authorities to mainstream crime and disorder by ensuring that all services have regard to the community safety implications of their activities.