A new body has been created to enhance public safety in Gloucestershire.
‘Safer Gloucestershire’ will call on the expertise and leadership of senior managers from a range of agencies across the county. Their job will be to anticipate potentially dangerous or harmful situations and plan solutions should they arise.
The new body will work closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner, local authorities and other partnerships such as the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Youth Justice Partnership Board and promises a different approach by:
- Reducing demand for public services through early intervention and a preventative approach.
- Using an evidence based decision making approach to determine priorities and problem solve
- Being more proactive and responding quickly to new threats.
- Proactively managing community relations and tension in partnership with the local community and networks.
- Ensuring services are centred on people and communities – and reducing duplication.
- Working with people and communities – building on their strengths and encourage self-help.
Gloucestershire’s Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar, who chairs the new board said, “Gloucestershire is already a safe place to live and work. Our task is to make the county even safer.
“The public can be reassured that a recent review of community safety in the county highlighted many examples of some of the very effective work already being done in this area. But it also identified that the lack of a countywide approach was hampering the co-ordination of vital interventions and support to local agencies in reducing crime and disorder as well as leading to some duplication of effort.
“It’s not so much what we do but the way that we do it. The Safer Gloucestershire Board will address this, especially in areas such as domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse, child sexual exploitation and the threat of terrorism. It will benefit from closer co-operation so that the “sum of the whole will be greater than the individual parts”.
As well as looking at new ways of operating, Safer Gloucestershire will work closely with the county’s local authorities in support of their work in building a county where people live well together. Crime prevention will be as much of a priority as enforcement as will working with communities to build local solutions for local problems.
“The challenges we face mean that we have to forge closer partnerships between ourselves – as public services, voluntary services and with our communities”, said Mr. Edgar.
“We need to be creative about how we use our resources, focus on reducing demand, and encourage a preventative approach leading to self-help – whilst still keeping our eyes on our core business.
“Only through joint effort and a new relationship with the people of Gloucestershire will we be able to keep the county safe and help it thrive”.