The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership
In 1998, the Crime and Disorder Act placed a duty on Local Authorities and the Police to form partnerships to reduce crime and disorder in their respective communities.
Membership of these Community Safety Partnerships was further extended by the Police Reform Act, 2002, and the Policing & Crime Act, 2009, to include Local Health Boards, Police Authorities and Fire and Rescue Services Authorities, and Probation.
The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership was established in 1999 and is one of 20 Community Safety Partnerships in Wales. Its membership currently comprises representatives from the County Council, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Dyfed-Powys Police & Crime Panel, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services and the Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Authority, Wales National Probation Service, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, Ceredigion Youth Justice Service, and the Dyfed- Powys Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse.
Community Safety Partnerships have a statutory responsibility to undertake annual reviews of Crime and Disorder. The purpose of the Review is to become aware of the nature of Crime and Disorder, Anti-Social Behaviour, and the Misuse of Drugs within the County, identify methods of developing and implementing effective action to reduce these problems and direct resources to address them. The review is also utilised to provide the Partnership with a strong ‘evidence based’, intelligence led foundation to inform the Ceredigion Single Integrated Plan (SIP), the Regional Police and Crime Plan and other plans and related initiatives.
The activities of the Community Safety Partnership are coordinated on a County level by the Community Safety & Civil Contingencies Manager, Alan Garrod, assisted by Lewis Barron, Policy Officer, Community Safety & Civil Contingencies Unit.