My colleagues and I have been at all the party conferences over the last three weeks and we have been pleased to be able to meet so many of you.
Our conversations with you have backed up findings in our recent survey in which you told us that anti-social behaviour would be among your top priorities. Councillors know this remains a doorstep issue for residents and we hope you will take advantage of their extensive experience of working with partners when developing local strategies.
As I mentioned in the last bulletin, we are hosting an event for PCCs and deputies on 5 December to talk in more depth about how councils are key in those multi-agency partnerships which will help you deliver your manifesto commitments. The event will include sessions on forthcoming public sector reforms and on how joint working to prevent crime will be an important focus in cutting costs. Further details on the event can be found below.
Some of you may have seen the Home Office's publicity campaign to raise awareness of the elections has already begun with posters, TV advertisements and online activity. If you haven't seen the TV advertisement yet, you can catch it tonight on E4 at 8.26 pm.
With exactly one month to go until elections and nominations closing on 19 October, I know you will be busy campaigning. As always please do let me know if my colleagues from the political groups or I can help in any way.
Councillor Mehboob Khan
Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
In 2011, 15,000 tonnes of metal were stolen. The cost of the thefts to the railways alone amounted to £13 million. We have produced a briefing for PCCs on this issue in addition to our toolkit for local authorities launched last week.
Read our briefing on tackling metal theft
Metal theft toolkit for local authorities
Michael Laurie Chief Executive of Crimestoppers outlines the role of his organisation and in particular its role as intermediary between information-giver and police.
Multi-agency partnership working is vital in preventing and reducing crime. This briefing looks at the role of Community Safety Partnerships since they were introduced on a statutory basis in 1998.
Read our briefing on community safety partnerships
Police and crime commissioner candidates are being offered a complimentary place to attend the two conferences below. Please contact us to book your place:
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?
5 December | London
This event will be one of the first opportunities for newly elected police and crime commissioners to come together and think about the new landscape of community safety, and how partnership working will operate in a new world.
A raft of forthcoming public sector reforms in health, probation and policing creates a range of challenges and opportunities for police and crime commissioners and their partners in tackling crime. This event will be an opportunity to hear about these reforms and the links with a wide spectrum of community safety related issues.
Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the LGA, gives his response to the council tax freeze announcement.
15 October 2012