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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Maskell, Milton and Renshaw.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2023 (circulated previously) be approved and signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interests
There were no declarations of interest announced.
Functions and Structure of Community Safety in North Devon
Community Safety Partnership Officer to report.
The Committee received a presentation from the Community Protection Officer.
The Community Protection Officer introduced the Community Safety Sergeant who was located in an office at Brynsworthy Environment Centre.
The Community Protection Officer presented the following:
· The functions and structure of Community Safety in North Devon.
· The Statutory basis for the partnership was underpinned by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) Regulations 2007.
· Section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 required Responsible Authorities in a Local Government area to work together in formulating and implementing strategies to tackle local crime and disorder.
· This was the formation of Community Safety Partnerships – local agencies working together to address crime and disorder.
· The Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) Regulations 2007 sets out the way in which Responsible Authorities should carry out their functions as a Community Safety Partnership. There was a requirement to prepare a partnership plan for the Local Government area, setting out the priorities and a County level community safety agreement, setting out the ways the Responsible Authorities in the County might work more effectively to implement the identified priorities by joint working.
· The introduction of the Police, Crime and Sentencing Act 2022 required the specified Responsible Authorities for a Local Government are to collaborate with each other to prevent and reduce serious violence.
· The duty to plan together to exercise their functions to prevent and reduce serious violence in the area. In particular, identification of the kinds of serious violence that occur in the area, the causes of serious violence and the preparation and implementation of a strategy for exercising functions to prevent and reduce serious violence in the area.
· The North Devon Community Safety Partnership works jointly with Torridge District Council’s Community Safety Partnership. The Police work across both borders so it makes sense the Local Authorities work together.
· There are examples of similar joint partnerships across Devon such as South Devon and Dartmoor and East and Mid Devon.
· The partnership had a duty to meet to be scrutinised by both Council’s Crime and Disorder Sub-Committees.
· The meeting for 2023 was scheduled on 30 November where two meetings were held consecutively with the Chair for both Authority’s respective committee in attendance.
· The Statutory partners included the Local Authority, Police, Fire, Probation, County and Health Authorities.
· The non-Statutory partners included North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA), Devonwide Drug and Alcohol Services, Fear Free, Sunrise Diversity, NDVS, TTVS.
· The current Chair of the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership was Superintendent Davies. The Police did not chair other Partnerships in Devon.
· The relationship between partners in Devon were strong and had developed useful day-to-day communications.
In response to a question, the Community Protection Officer advised that Councillor York had been present at the recent, quarterly, Community Safety Partnership meeting. Normally the Council’s representative, Councillor C. Leaver would have been in attendance but was unable to attend this particular meeting.
Councillor ... view the full minutes text for item 20.
To consider the minutes of the following meeting (attached):
(a) Licensing and Community Safety Sub-Committee A: 25 August 2023.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Licensing and Community Safety Sub-Committee A (circulated previously) held on 25 August 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.