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Community Safety Partnership

Community safety involves various organisations working together with local communities to tackle persistent crime and disorder issues that are adversely affecting the quality of life of local people within the borough. From feeling secure in your home to feeling confident whilst out in your local neighbourhood, community safety continues to be one of the most important issues for residents living in Gateshead.

We are pleased to report that Gateshead is one of the safest places to live, work and visit throughout the whole of Tyne and Wear.

The Community Safety Board is the local multi-agency partnership that has been established to tackle community safety issues within Gateshead. Along with other supporting partner agencies, some of the key organisations that make up the Community Safety Board include:

Gateshead Council

Northumbria Police (opens new window)

North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care (opens new window)

Probation Service North East (opens new window)

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue (opens new window)

Representatives from the Voluntary and Community Sector (opens new window)

The board has a statutory obligation under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to work in partnership to address issues linked with:

  • crime and disorder
  • anti-social behaviour
  • behaviour adversely affecting the environment
  • substance misuse (including drug and alcohol misuse)
  • reducing re-offending

The Community Safety Board meets on a quarterly basis and is supported by a range of operational groups that deliver the actions identified with the annual Partnership Plan. 

By working together, these organisations have a greater impact on preventing crime and disorder and can develop more effective and sustainable solutions to better protect, support and empower local residents to feel safe and secure living within Gateshead.

Overview of strategic priorities

The Community Safety Board is required to produce a Partnership Plan every year to inform local residents of the areas that we intend to prioritise. The priorities are set following a rigorous intelligence-led assessment of key crime, disorder and substance misuse issues impacting upon the Borough and involves consultation with residents. The latest priorities that have been identified by the Community Safety Board for 2020/23 are:

Violence, exploitation and abuse

  • serious violence and knife crime
  • domestic abuse (including violence against women and girls)

Thriving neighbourhoods and communities

  • anti-social behaviour (youth, adult and place)
  • locality-based problem solving

Community cohesion and resilience

  • hate crime and tension monitoring
  • preventing violence extremism, radicalisation and terrorism

Partnership Plan 2020-23 (PDF) [1MB]