The LGA has produced the document with Police and Crime Panel members in mind as its primary audience, but we hope it will also be of use to others who have an interest in developing their knowledge of how this essential public service is structured and governed.
Elected members have a range of statutory and moral obligations to protect the assets of their authority and need to equip themselves with the knowledge to deal with enquiries and question from residents.
This guidance is for all those in local government who have a role in making our communities safer and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities. It is aimed at leaders and members of community safety partnerships, health and wellbeing boards and local safeguarding boards.
This document seeks to provide an introduction to CSPs. It will outline their statutory background, explain their working practices, look at their constituent parts, define the role of elected members, and show how they might work in tandem with you to reduce crime and make the communities you represent safer.
explains what the role of police and crime commissioners will be
sets out what they mean for community safety partnerships
looks at the implications for partnerships of PCCs commissioning community safety services
examines the role and responsibilities of police and crime panels.