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
Our priority for 2023/24 is reducing violence in the city centre. Read our Community Safety Plan (below) to find out more.
Community Safety Plan
The latest Community Safety Plan came into force in October 2023.
Previous plans are available upon request.
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.
- Community safety strategic assessment: 2022/23 review [PDF, 0.3MB]
- Community safety strategic assessment: 2021/22 review [PDF, 4.5MB]
- County Lines Review (July 2022) [PDF, 0.5MB]
We review the partnership’s work each year, to help outline actions for the year ahead.
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 the full agenda and associated papers in the week before each meeting, which has details on how to ask questions.
Next public meeting
- Tuesday 13 February 2024, from 10am
- Parkside Police Station, Cambridge CB1 1JH
- October 2023: Agenda and documents [PDF, 0.6MB]
- July 2023: Meeting minutes [PDF, 0.2MB]
- July 2023: Agenda and documents [PDF, 2.5MB]
- March 2023: Meeting minutes [PDF, 0.1MB]
- March 2023: Agenda and documents [PDF, 6.5MB]
- October 2022: Meeting minutes [PDF, 0.2MB]
- October 2022: Agenda and documents [PDF, 1.5MB]
Please contact us for copies of previous meetings’ agendas and minutes.
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:
- Domestic Homicide Review overview report (May 2018) [PDF, 1MB]
- Home Office letter of approval (May 2019) [PDF, 0.3MB]
- Completed domestic homicide action plan [PDF, 0.3MB]
Work the Community Safety team is involved in
To find out more about the work we are involved in, please view the following pages:
- Report antisocial behaviour
- Racial harassment and hate crime
- Discrimination and harassment
- Advice for people affected by domestic abuse
- Street Aid: Help for people on the streets
- Neighbourhood resolution panel scheme
- Protect yourself from fraud and scams
- Cambs Against County Lines
- Supporting Syrian refugees
- Supporting Ukrainian refugees
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.