The survey was conducted by the LGA's Research and Information team in October-November 2016 in order to gather information about how community safety partnerships (CSP)/county strategy groups (CSG) and councils' community safety services currently operate, some of the key challenges for effective delivery, and the response of the sector to these challenges to date.
The survey was sent to all 375 local authorities in England and Wales and 107 (29 per cent) responded.
Some of the main findings are summarised below:
- 75 per cent of respondents identified domestic violence/violence against women and girls as one of the five main priorities of their CSP/CSG. This was followed by 64 per cent for anti-social behaviour and 45 per cent for drug/alcohol/substance misuse.
- 99 per cent of respondents indicated that the police service had influenced their CSP/CSG's current priorities to either a great or moderate extent. The proportion was also high for their own local authority (98 per cent) and police and crime commissioners (76 per cent).
- 97 per cent of respondents indicated that they directly employed staff engaged in community staff functions. The median average number was 3.4 full-time equivalents. Just over two-thirds of respondents (68 per cent) indicated that the number of staff had decreased since 2010.
- 84 per cent of respondents were either very or fairly confident that their CSP/CSG would deliver against its priorities in its current partnership plan/county community safety agreement.
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