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 the number of crime and disorder incidents reported within Gateshead reduced significantly over the last decade, with levels almost halving that experienced back in 2003. This means the Borough 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 Metropolitan Borough Council
- Northumbria Police
- Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
- Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company
- National Probation Services
- Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
- The Gateshead Housing Company
- Representatives from the Voluntary and Community Sector
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. These operational Groups include:
- Crime, ASB and Confidence Sub-Group
- Substance Misuse Sub-Group
- Domestic Abuse Executive Forum
- A range of time-limited Task and Finish Groups (including for example Transforming Rehabilitation, Domestic Homicide Reviews).
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 over the next 12 months. The priorities are set following a rigorous intelligence-led assessment of key crime, disorder and substance misuse issues impacting upon the Borough and involves extensive consultation with local residents. The priorities that have been identified by the Community Safety Board for 2019/20 are:
- Anti-social behaviour
- Domestic abuse
- Harms from substance misuse
- Hate crime, tensions and community cohesion
- Preventing violent extremism