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 NHS, Probation Service, Russet Homes, Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team and Kent Police Authority.
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 CSP has developed its Terms of Reference for how the Partnership will govern itself. This document also gives details of the membership of the groups and details of the objectives of the groups.
The Community Safety Partnership Strategy and Action Plan 2011-2012 sets out the priorities that the Partnership will tackle over the next year. These priorities are based on a Strategic Assessment which was carried out during November 2010. The priorities that the CSP have agreed to tackle are:
- Substance Misuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Young People's Issues
- Violent Crime
- Driver Behaviour
The CSP has produced an Action Plan for 2011-2012 which will aim to tackle some of these issues. The Action Plan contains targets to reduce crime in the priority areas and a wide range of campaigns, actions and projects. A copy of the Action 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 Development and the Chief Executive. There is also a Community Safety Team, based at the Borough Council offices at Kings Hill and who consist of a Community Safety Officer, an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and a Community Safety Assistant.
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 Strategy and Action Plan 2011-12.
- To work with partner agencies to reduce anti-social behaviour within the borough.
The Borough Council has a number of specific actions contained within the Action Plan and these include:
- Assisting in the operation of SNAP (Say No and Phone) music events in the borough.
- Provide funding for the Y-2 Crew summer activity scheme for 11-16 year olds in areas of the Borough.
- Implement measures to reduce environmental crime such as fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and littering.
- Providing and maintaining CCTV cameras across the borough.
For more details about the CSP
The CSP now 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.