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Cambridge Community Safety Partnership: Working together to keep Cambridge safe

The Cambridge Community Safety Partnership meets regularly throughout the year to help keep Cambridge safe.

It brings together colleagues from the city and county councils, police, fire and probation services, transport police and health, as well as local business, voluntary and higher education organisations.

The partnership looks at what community safety issues people in Cambridge are experiencing, such as antisocial behaviour or specific types of crime, and decides what actions to take to prevent or deal with these issues together.

Each year, community safety priorities for Cambridge are reviewed, with actions for the year ahead set out in the Community Safety Plan.

Community Safety Partnership priorities 2022/23

Safeguarding young people against violence and exploitation

The partnership created the Cambs Against County Lines campaign in 2020 and has recently built on this, running a survey to find out about drugs, violence and gangs in Cambridge.

We also supported schools to raise awareness of the dangers of county lines among pupils aged 11 to 18, in Year 7 to Year 13, creating a video to be shown in schools to support pupil workshops.

Listening to community needs and responding together to reduce harm

One example of listening and responding to community concerns is in our work to address long-term concerns about bicycle theft. The partnership established a task and finish group, which works with CamCycle to run the Save our Cycles campaign.

We shared information to help people keep their bikes safe, and ran multiple sessions where bike-owners could have free bike-marking and cycle safety advice (with more sessions planned).

If a bike is registered, stolen and recovered it is easier to reunite the bike to its owner. Over the last year, reports of cycle crime have fallen.

Business as usual

The partnership regularly works together on issues such as bicycle theft; making the Cambridge night-time economy safer; delivering Cambridge Street Aid; raising awareness of domestic abuse and support available to survivors; and conducting domestic homicide reviews.

The partnership’s current business as usual work focuses on:

  • The city centre – through the City Centre Working Group chaired by the Police: working with stakeholders such as businesses and universities to discuss issues such as night time economy and retail crime
  • Domestic Abuse, led by Cambridge City Council: raising awareness, co-ordinating training, and promoting the White Ribbon Campaign
  • Problem-solving – through the Problem-Solving Working Group chaired by Cambridge City Council: Multi-Agency Partners discuss cases including hot spots to develop action plans
  • Street Community, led by Cambridge City Council: discussing individual cases and developing action plans

Community Safety Plan

The latest Community Safety Plan came into force in February 2022.

Previous plans are available upon request.

Insights

We ensure we are responding to an accurate picture of the current issues facing Cambridge in respect of crime, disorder, antisocial behaviour, substance misuse and behaviour adversely affecting the environment.

Documents such as the strategic assessment, and other reports, offer valuable insights.

We will share reports published within the last two years below.

Annual review

We review the partnership’s work each year, to help outline actions for the year ahead.

Meetings

Most partnership meetings are open to the general public. If you would like to learn more about the partnership, or bring an issue to the meeting for discussion, please get in touch.

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 are posted in the week before the meeting.

Next public meeting

Tuesday 14 March 2023 at 10am 

Previous meetings

Please contact us for copies of previous meetings’ agendas and minutes.

Domestic homicide review

When someone over the age of 16 is killed by an intimate partner or family member, a review of the case must be conducted. This is known as a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR).

Since 13 April 2011, these reviews have been the responsibility of local community safety partnerships. We work with our partners to appoint an independent chair to carry out this review for us. 

Family members, friends and colleagues of the victim and, where possible, the perpetrator are central to the DHR process, if they wish to be. The independent chair will aim to make contact with friends and family, to enable them to inform the review constructively, by ensuring a more complete view of the lives of the individuals concerned.

More information on domestic homicide reviews can be found on GOV.UK

Below is the domestic homicide review that the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership commissioned:

Work the Community Safety team is involved in

To find out more about the work we are involved in, please view the following pages:

Community Safety Partnership agencies

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
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care Partnership
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • The National Probation 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

A representative of the Office of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner also attends the partnership meetings.

Contact us

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