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Safer South Derbyshire Partnership

South Derbyshire is a safe place to live, work and to visit and the partnership is committed to making it even more secure.

Safer south Derbyshire logo - teamwork, keeping our community safe

Why the partnership was formed

The 1998 Crime and Disorder Act identified that the police, district and county councils should work together with health providers, the probation service and other local organisations, to make their areas even safer places to live and work. The Safer South Derbyshire Partnership was created as a result of this legislation.

The general aim

South Derbyshire is a safe place to live, work and to visit and the Partnership is committed to making it even more secure. The partners also know that fear of crime can be damaging to our society and so by providing information to people and keeping in contact with them it hopes to allay fears that need not exist.

Who are its members?

What are the main issues the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership focuses on?

Anti-social behaviour

A range of actions are being used to reduce anti-social behaviour, including looking at the social conditions which cause crime and disorder and providing young people with valuable and stimulating activities. Examples of projects this team has worked on include providing CCTV in the bus station and leisure centre car parks and introducing the power for police officers to disperse groups of people behaving anti-socially in Melbourne. The Partnership has also arranged thought-provoking drama presentations to local schools about a range of issues including graffiti, litter, damaging property, bullying and racism.

Fear of crime

Crime figures show that often the actual level of crime is not nearly as bad as people imagine.
Providing information about what is happening through police liaison and the councilís area meetings is one of a number of ways the Partnership is helping with this. Other examples of projects the Partnership has worked on include the Liberation Day event and the creation of Safer Neighbourhood Groups. The Partnership also helps to develop and support  Neighbourhood Watch schemes in conjunction with members of members of the community.

Violent crime

The Partnership team aims to promote personal safety at home and in public places. Actions include the provision of domestic abuse support services and research into the effects on minority groups.

Property crime

The Partnership deals with theft of and from cars, and is also committed to reducing the amount of domestic burglaries. Examples of projects include obtaining money to help pay for a Disposal of Abandoned Vehicle's scheme and providing tamper-proof tax disk holders. The team has also established a scheme to install alarms in the homes of burglary victims and provided property security marking kits.

Substance misuse

This covers everything from abuse of alcohol and solvents to the buying, selling and use of illegal drugs. Examples of projects this team has worked on include providing a drugs education project in primary schools across the District, and the introduction of Breakout, a young personsí treatment service, in South Derbyshire.

Prolific and Priority Offenders Scheme

This scheme identifies and targets those offenders who cause the most harm to the community of South Derbyshire. Action is coordinated using three main strands Catch and Convict, Prevent and Deter and Rehabilitate and Resettle on a case-by-case basis.

More about the Reach Project, our Prolific and Priority Offenders Scheme

Contact details

Safer South Derbyshire Partnership tel: 01283 595858

South Derbys Anti-Social Behaviour Helpline tel: 01283 595 795

Useful telephone numbers

Crime Stoppers tel: 0800 555111
Stop Hate Crime Help line tel: 0800 138 1625
Next Step (Domestic Abuse Support Service) tel: 01283 229854
Derbyshire Police (Non Emergency Number) tel: 101
Victim Support tel: 01332 349956
Derbyshire Trusted Trader Scheme tel: 08456 058 058
Derbyshire Trading Standards tel: 01629 533190.

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