Councillor Robert Gordon (Con) is Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Deputy Chairman of the LGA and a member of its Safer and Stronger Communities Board.
We all know that tackling complex issues often requires innovative partnerships. To drive down crime and improve community safety in Hertfordshire, we entered into a formal agreement with the police to form a multi-agency Community Safety Unit – the first of its kind in the country – where management, premises, staff and budgets are shared. It has now grown to include staff from Fire and Rescue, Probation Trust and the NHS.
The unit commissions and manages countywide services and initiatives to reduce crime, antisocial behaviour, substance misuse and re-offending rates. All of the work is driven by intelligence, with a dedicated team of analysts producing shared strategic assessments and information for all partner agencies. Since being established in 2010 the unit has:
Political oversight of these initiatives is taken by a cabinet member who chairs the Community Safety Unit Board. This oversees and directs the work of the unit, ensuring that members' priorities are at the heart of these vital initiatives to protecting the people and communities of Hertfordshire.
1 November 2012