Safer Leeds sets out priorities to drive down local crime and disorder
The city’s community safety partnership Safer Leeds has set out six priorities for the year ahead.
Along with building on the success of the last few years in reducing the rates of domestic burglary and anti-social behaviour, the partnership will also be focusing on improving safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, supporting the work of the Leeds Families First Programme, reducing reoffending rates and tackling crime related to the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
Safer Leeds will be addressing the safeguarding of people in the city by working with partners across the city. Looking at domestic violence, hate crime and child sexual exploitation, partners will look to raise awareness of the issues and also at improving the reporting arrangements for victims.
Working with partners in health a new focus will be taken to support substance users to become drug free, and the partnership will look to continue to develop changes already underway over the coming year.
Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds and Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“In the last few years the partnership's priorities have focussed on reducing burglary and combating anti-social behaviour – work on both of these areas has been very successful and is something we want to continue to build on whilst also focusing on a number of other priorities.
“Burglary has fallen from over 9,000 in 2009/10 to just over 5,300 in 2012/13, which is a great result and something that we need to continue to focus on along with moving to develop other key areas of work in the city.
“Raising awareness of safeguarding and the reporting options open to anyone in the city is key – we want Leeds to be the best city in the UK and as an important part of this ambition, people need to feel safe in their homes, on the streets and in the places they go.”
There are a number of opportunities to significantly reduce crime in the city through maintaining the partnerships approach to robustly managing offenders. Work will be undertaken to look at how ex-offenders can be re-integrated in to mainstream society and diverted away from further criminality. This work will support national changes coming in through 2014 around how to manage offenders.
With the introduction of the new Police and Crime Commissioner earlier this year, the Safer Leeds partnership has made sure to reflect the wider regions plans and priorities in the city focussed strategy.
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