Crime & Community Safety
This section of the site provides information on Crime and Community Safety in Somerset. This includes fire statistics, road traffic accidents and, new for 2016, an interactive dashboard of crime data taken from the police.co.uk website.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset has published a Police and Crime Plan 2015-2017. This is a statutory requirement introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in which Police and Crime Commissioners set out their priorities during their period in office.
The Plan covers the Commissioner’s five priority areas of road safety, tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.
Police and Crime Plans have also been published for each local authority area of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, including those for Mendip, South Somerset, West Somerset, Sedgemoor and Taunton Deane. They can be found on the PCC website.
The Police and Crime Plan is based on analysis and evidence from the Force-wide Police and Crime Needs Assessment. This aims to identify and assess the issues that are likely to impact upon local crime and community safety services.
The local priorities of the Safer Somerset Partnership (SSP), contained in the needs assessment, are to:-
- Improve links to other partnerships, interagency collaboration and understanding of services
- Prevent the escalation of violent crime and abuse by supporting victims and working with perpetrators
- Focus in targeted anti-social behaviour.
- Focus on families through early help
- Identify opportunities and approaches that improve mental wellbeing and the emotional resilience of people in Somerset
- Break the cycle of offending/abuse through an engaged multi-agency response to targeted/identified groups
The SSP is committed to:-
- Partnership working in key areas adopting a collaborative ‘One team’ approach
- Continuing to promote community reporting of incidents
- Developing the use of new tools & powers to prevent victimisation and help victims
If you have questions about crime or community safety in Somerset, please contact us using the site.
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