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Boost to force’s work to make city a safe place to live and work

July 20, 2021
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Nottinghamshire Police’s hard work to ensure the city is a safe place to live and work has been boosted with the roll out of a partnership deal to tackle the issues that matter the most to local residents.

Antisocial behaviour, drug crime, hate crime, modern slavery and domestic violence are the key areas residents have told those involved in the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership (CDP) to focus on and as a result they are going to form the cornerstone of its four-year plan. 

The new plan, announced this week, will be implemented between 2021 to 2024. It follows work and support already carried out by the enterprise and sets out its vision for the future.  It also outlines how the group will continue to work together to tackle issues.

Working in partnership with the police, the aims are to help the force to - reduce crime; reduce hate crime repeat victimisation; reduce anti-social behaviour and maintain performance of successful completions of substance misuse treatment.

The CDP is a multi-agency organisation responsible for tackling crime and substance misuse in Nottingham.

It is made up of several agencies including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Company, Public Health England, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and the NHS and Nottingham City Homes.

The plan forms part of the force’s ongoing commitment to ensure that Nottingham is a safe place to live and work.

The partnership already carries out lots of work to tackle these issues, which includes commissioning and granting funding to high-quality specialist services, with particular focus on substance misuse, domestic and sexual violence and those at risk of involvement in and/or exploitation from gang and youth violence.

Over the next year, there will also be a specialist support and focus by the partnership on risks that may arise from socioeconomic consequences of Covid-19; health and race inequalities; vulnerable adults; criminal exploitation of children and serious and organised crime.

Superintendent Mat Healey, Area Commander for Nottingham, said: “This plan is a commitment to the people of Nottingham and is a great example of the ongoing work of police and partners to make Nottingham safe.

“We are really pleased with our successes in the last few years to bring crime down in the city and the latest statistics released by the Office for National Statistics in May showed that all crime dropped by 17 percent in the 2020 calendar year.

“We intend for this to continue as part of the work of The Crime and Drugs Partnership and look forward to putting this plan in action.”

Lord Vernon Coaker, Chair of the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Board, added: “I believe that we have created a plan that not only reflects the issues we face as a city, but sets out robustly how we plan to tackle these for Nottingham residents. We know that last year, Covid-19 has brought with it unprecedented challenges and Nottingham has been profoundly affected.

“The closure of large parts of the city centre and night time economy and the lifestyle changes brought about by lockdown restrictions and homeworking have resulted in significant reductions in the volume of crime. Nevertheless, other issues have come to the forefront during this period, including domestic abuse and violence, hate crime and not least anti-social behaviour in local neighbourhoods. These changes have brought about many new challenges for partners across the city and we are as committed as ever to meeting these challenges and to delivering successful outcomes for the people of Nottingham.”

Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are extremely proud that people of different backgrounds get on so well together in Nottingham. We see first-hand the importance of our neighbourhoods, their cultural identities and the people who live and work within them.

“The proprieties of the partnership are still the core crime and anti-social behaviour issues facing the city. However, the past year has brought clear evidence of the impact of prejudice and inequality and we must recognise that racism and hate crime are still an ugly part of our society and that there is more do to in tackling these issues in Nottingham. Likewise, domestic abuse remains a priority for the partnership.

“It is clear that challenges remain across the city and by addressing problems locally and by tackling the root causes with partners we can deliver real change to the city and its people.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, added: “In order to ensure that we are tackling the community safety issues that have the greatest impact on the city and its residents, we must work together as a collective to make a real difference. In order to find what residents are most concerned about, we need to listen and we have, the partnership has been looking at data and speaking to residents, and surveys like the annual ‘Respect for Nottingham Survey’ gives us an idea of the issues Nottingham residents are dealing with and what, we as a group need to tackle. This plan will aim to tackle these issues and make Nottingham a better place for all.”

Read the full Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Plan here.

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