The Cambridge Community Safety Partnership brings together a number of agencies concerned with tackling and reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in Cambridge.
The partnership's key role is to:
- understand the kind of community safety issues Cambridge is experiencing
- decide which of these are the most important to deal with
- decide what actions can be taken collectively, adding value to the day-to-day work undertaken by the individual agencies.
These actions are detailed in a document called the community safety plan. The new plan came into force on 1 April 2018.
In a quickly changing environment, however, this plan is checked on an annual basis to make sure it is on track and that the priorities originally set are still relevant for the different communities within Cambridge. This is done using a document called the strategic assessment.
This assessment looks at, and seeks to understand, the range of detailed information that exists about crime, disorder, substance abuse and other community safety matters affecting Cambridge. In the light of this information, the assessment makes recommendations about how best to keep the community safety plan on track.
Community safety plan
The community safety plan 2018–19 was produced following consideration of the strategic assessments. Previous plans are available upon request.
For each of the priorities in the plan, a lead officer has been appointed and they have identified aims and targets for each priority. These are detailed in the plan.
Strategic assessments provide an accurate overview of the current issues facing Cambridge in respect of crime, disorder, antisocial behaviour, substance misuse and behaviour adversely effecting the environment.
Assessments are based on research and analysis of a wide range of information sources. Information has not been restricted to any one agency with material from a range of sources being incorporated into the overviews.
The purpose of assessments are to help drive the business of the partnership and make recommendations for the prioritisation of problems identified within them. The approach is to scan topics and provide an overview of those areas of particular concern, rather than cover every crime type and topic in considerable detail.
Recommendations are also made as to further information requirements. Assessments enable the partnership to discuss and agree new priorities in light of research analysis.
- Community safety strategic assessment: 2018/19 review [PDF, 2MB]
- Domestic abuse (February 2019) [PDF, 794KB]
- Identifying and responding to vulnerable locations (July 2018) [PDF, 2MB]
- Domestic abuse: Children and young people (March 2018) [PDF, 2MB]
- End of year review (December 2017) [PDF, 840KB]
- Antisocial behaviour: Drugs impact on Cambridge (September 2017) [PDF, 2MB]
- Violence: Weapons and vulnerability (July 2017) [PDF, 892KB]
- Exploitation and end of year review (April 2017) [PDF, 2MB]
- All violence including domestic abuse (January 2017) [PDF, 2MB]
- Antisocial behaviour within vulnerable groups (September 2016) [PDF, 2MB]
- Dwelling burglary and personal property crime (June 2016) [PDF, 2MB]
Most partnership meetings are open to the general public.
We publish a draft agenda, complete with details on how to ask questions, about two weeks before each meeting. The full agenda and associated papers is posted in the week before the meeting.
- Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10am in Committee Room 1 at the Guildhall
- October 2019: Agenda and documents [PDF, 2MB]
- July 2019: Minutes [PDF, 249KB]
- July 2019: Agenda and documents [PDF, 3MB]
- February 2019: Minutes [PDF, 167KB]
- February 2019: Agenda and documents [PDF, 3MB]
- October 2018: Minutes [PDF, 397KB]
- October 2018: Agenda and documents [PDF, 2MB]
- July 2018: Minutes [PDF, 278KB]
- July 2018: Agenda and documents [PDF, 5MB]
- April 2018: Minutes [PDF, 162KB]
- April 2018: Agenda and documents [PDF, 3MB]
- February 2018: Minutes [PDF, 119KB]
- February 2018: Agenda and documents [PDF, 2MB]
- October 2017: Minutes [PDF, 180KB]
- October 2017: Agenda and documents [PDF, 3MB]
- July 2017: Minutes [PDF, 241KB]
- July 2017: Agenda and documents [PDF, 4MB]
- April 2017: Minutes [PDF, 169KB]
- April 2017: Agenda and documents [PDF, 3MB]
- February 2017: Minutes [PDF, 153KB]
- February 2017: Agenda and documents [PDF, 4MB]
Minutes and documents from earlier meetings are available on request.
- Supporting people and preventing antisocial behaviour report (February 2017) [PDF, 421KB]
- Mental health impacts research [PDF, 849KB]
- Supporting people and preventing antisocial behaviour [PDF, 667KB]
The annual review for 2019 gives an overview of what the partnership did the previous year and what it will be doing in the year ahead to address crime and disorder in Cambridge.
Domestic homicide review
The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 states that:
“A ‘domestic homicide review’ means a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:
- a person to whom he was related or with whom he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
- a member of the same household as himself,
held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.”
Since 13 April 2011, there has been a statutory requirement for local community safety partnerships to conduct a review following a domestic homicide that meets the criteria provided by the Home Office.
Below is the domestic homicide review that the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership commissioned:
- Domestic Homicide Review overview report (May 2018) [PDF, 999KB]
- Home Office letter of approval (May 2019) [PDF, 266KB]
The partnership is made up of a range of different agencies. There are statutory "responsible authorities" and a number of equally important, non-statutory members. They are:
- Cambridge City Council
- Bedfordshire Northamptonshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BeNCH CRC)
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Anglia Ruskin University
- British Transport Police
- Cambridge Business Against Crime
- Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- University of Cambridge
The agencies that make up the partnership meet at a strategic level to agree issues such as funding plans, priorities and performance.
A representative of the Office of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner also attends the partnership meetings.
A representative of the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership attends the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Countywide Community Safety Strategic Board, which is chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner. View the meeting papers here.
Email or phone us for more information about the partnership, or write to:
Cambridge Community Safety Partnership
c/o Community Safety team
Cambridge City Council
PO Box 700
Cambridge CB1 0JH