Norfolk Community Safety Partnership
The Community Safety Partnership brings together organisations from across Norfolk to tackle crime and disorder, and ensure the county remains a safe place for people to live, work and visit. The members of the Community Safety Partnership represent local councils, policing and fire services, youth offending, health and housing.
Norfolk County Council and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) recognise the opportunity presented by creating a single Community Safety Team to strengthen the support to the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) and its partner authorities.
Managed by the OPCCN, supporting and working directly with the Chair of the NCCSP, the Community Safety Team will maximise use of resources, reduce duplication and improve the effectiveness of the work of the Partnership.
Our role in the Community Safety Partnership
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) plays a critical role in the work of the Community Safety Partnership. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Community Safety Partnerships have a duty to take into account each other’s priorities, to ensure there is a joined-up approach to tackling shared priorities. The Police and Crime Plan set by Norfolk’s PCC a key driver in the work of the Partnership.
The Community Safety Team is managed by the OPCCN and meetings of the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership are chaired by the OPCCN’s Chief Executive. OPCCN staff work closely with other members of the Partnership across areas such as crime prevention, safeguarding and vulnerability, and victim support.
Community safety priorities
Norfolk’s Community Safety Plan identifies three key areas of focus for the Community Safety Partnership:
- Extremism and radicalisation
- Domestic abuse and sexual violence
- County Lines
These priorities reflect complex issues affecting Norfolk and its communities which require a multi-agency, collaborative response in order to have the greatest impact.
The Community Safety Plan and its priorities are currently under review. Norfolk residents were invited to share their views on community safety by taking part in an eight-week consultation between Monday 24 May 2021 and Friday 16 July 2021. The results will be published in due course.
Preventing extremism and radicalisation
Together with their communities, Community Safety Partnership agencies are working to deliver the Government’s Prevent strategy set up to challenge all forms of terrorism, including the influence of far right extremists.
The focus of Prevent is to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation or getting involved in extremism, and supporting them in order to help protect them from harm.
Domestic abuse and sexual violence
Tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence, and reducing the harm caused to victims and survivors, is a shared priority for organisations across Norfolk.
Community Safety Partnership activity under this priority is influenced by the Government’s Strategy to End Violence Against Women and Girls, as well as the Domestic Abuse Bill currently going through Parliament.
Community Safety Partnership agencies work together to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence through countywide campaigns, and design and deliver initiatives aimed at preventing these crimes, safeguarding victims and reducing harm.
In particular, the OPCCN has a key role to play in providing help and support to those affected by these crimes, as the PCC is a local provider of specialist victim support services.
County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries and usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs.
The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (where the drugs are taken to) report increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of county lines drug activity.
People exploited by County Lines gangs will quite often be exposed to physical, mental and sexual abuse, and in some instances will be trafficked to areas a long way from home. They often don't see themselves as victims or realise they have been groomed into criminality.
County Lines drug activity cannot be tackled by enforcement alone. As well as identifying and safeguarding those at risk of exploitation, a key focus for Community Safety Partnership agencies is raising awareness of County Lines so all Norfolk residents can play their part in identifying exploitation of children and young people and reporting concerns.