I was pleased to meet many of you last week at the national briefing for police and crime commissioner candidates.
As I said in my speech on the day, councils are key partners in helping you make the communities you represent safer once elected. Not only will they be able to help you take action on the important issues you face but will also be able to help deliver savings and contribute funding to projects and programmes that make communities safer.
I would urge you to take a look at our website where we are setting out 101 ways in which councils can support you in achieving your aims and objectives.
You will see from this list that councils can provide considerable help and assistance in delivering safer communities. They stand ready to engage with you, and at a national level the LGA and APCC are looking to provide you and councils with the support you need to build the strong relationships which will drive further reductions in crime in the future.
As part of this support I would like to invite you to attend, free of charge, two of our forthcoming conferences: Managing the night time economy and our Annual Safer Communities Conference. Further details on both these events are below.
Councillor Mehboob Khan
Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
Planning out crime and designing in community safety through planning can be a vital tool in reducing crime and disorder. This briefing looks at how councils and police and crime commissioners can work together to address these issues.
Read our briefing on planning out crime
The Probation Association's Policy Manager, Ian Fox, identifies the critical issues for PCCs and their relationships with the 35 Probation Trusts in England and Wales.
Read the Probation Association's briefing
PCCs will be elected on a local mandate so how will they reconcile delivery at neighbourhood level with meeting cross-border demands? National Crime Agency Director General Keith Bristow gives us his views.
Read the National Crime Agency's briefing
In this bulletin we take a closer look at Wales. This briefing produced by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) uses InfoBaseCymru which is a freely available national information system that displays data about Wales.
Read the WLGA's briefing on Wales
Police and crime commissioner candidates are being offered a complimentary place to attend the two conferences below. Please contact us to book your place:
Managing the night-time economy
26 September | London
A vibrant, safe, clean and well-managed night-time economy can go a long way to boosting the local economy through attracting visitors and stimulating a hive of cultural and creative activity in the local community.
This conference examines the different contributions that can be made by all those involved in supporting a night-time economy, from restoring a troubled area to its former glory to a radical redesign of an area. Joint-working is an essential approach to tackling issues around local growth, anti-social behaviour and responsible drinking. The conference will explore the opportunities to enhance this approach through the new tools offered by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, Alcohol Strategy, and new public health responsibilities.
28 November | London
Our fifth annual safer communities conference looks at the changing landscape of community safety, and how partnership working will operate in a new world.
How will the election of the first Police and Crime Commissioners affect the way partnerships work? How will partnerships continue to deliver crime reduction outcomes with substantially less resources? How will reforms in other areas – health, probation and families – affect community safety?
2 October 2012