The Borough Council, together with Kent County Council, the Police and other relevant agencies established the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership (formerly known as the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership) following the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Other partners now involved include Kent Fire and Rescue Service, West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, Kent Probation Service, Circle Housing, Moat Housing, Southern Housing, Maidstone Mediation, Kenward Trust and Neighbourhood Watch.
The aim of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is to make the borough an even safer place for residents, visitors and businesses. The CSP will achieve this aim through increased partnership working.
The Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership is committed to the pursuit of the following vision:
"working together to ensure the safety and security of Tonbridge and Malling's residents, businesses and visitors"
The Community Safety Partnership Plan sets out the priorities that the Partnership will tackle over the next year. These priorities are based on a Strategic Assessment which are carried out each year. The priorities that the CSP have agreed to tackle this year are:
- Anti-social behaviour - including environmental crime
- Counter terrorism
- Domestic Abuse
- Gangs/Organised Crime Groups
- Mental Health
- Substance Misuse
- Members of the public can also continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour through the Community Trigger and further details about this are available by following the link.
The Partnership Plan contains information about how the Community Safety Partnership will reduce crime in the priority areas and a wide range of campaigns, actions and projects. A copy of the Partnership Plan can be downloaded from www.tmcommunitysafety.org.uk.
The role of the Borough Council in the CSP
The Borough Council has identified Crime and Disorder Reduction as one of its key priorities and through the planning and delivery of a variety of its functions, contributions to this objective are made.
The Borough Council is a lead partner in the CSP and it is represented on the Partnership by the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and senior officers. There is also a Community Safety Team, based at the Borough Council offices at Kings Hill and who consist of a Community Safety and Licensing Manager, a Safer and Stronger Communities Manager and an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer.
The role of the team is:
- To co-ordinate and support the work of the Tonbridge & Malling Community Safety Partnership.
- To co-ordinate the Council's contributions to crime and disorder reduction.
- To work with partner agencies to implement and monitor actions contained in the Community Safety Action Plans.
- To work with partner agencies to reduce anti-social behaviour within the borough.
The Borough Council also plays an important role in the Community Safety Unit based at the Council offices in Kings Hill. The Community Safety Unit brings together the Borough Council staff working in community safety, Kent Police and KCC Community Wardens. Information is shared on a daily basis particularly around repeat or vulnerable victims. Being in the same location can also mean that information can also be shared quickly between partners.
More details about the CSP
The CSP has its own website and this can be accessed at www.tmcommunitysafety.org.uk. You will find out more about the CSP on the website and also details about crime statistics, Community Wardens and further contact details. You can also complete an on-line anti-social behaviour incident reporting form.
You can also follow us on Twitter at TM_CSP or find us on Facebook by searching for Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)
The Borough Council has put into place a Public Spaces Protection Order for the borough. The aim of the PSPO is to reduce particular types of anti-social behaviour within the borough and it also replaces existing Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders, as well as extending these to other areas. The PSPO contains multiple restrictions - some will apply to all public spaces in the borough and others will apply to specific locations. A breach of the PSPO will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued. Further details are available by clicking on the link above.