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					                                              DIRECTOR GENERAL
                                                Stephen Rimmer
            Crime and Policing Group, 3rd Floor Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
                                           Direct Line 020 7035 1440
                  E-mail Stephen.Rimmer@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk www.homeoffice.gov.uk


                                                                    Our Ref
To: Crime and Disorder                                              Your Ref
Reduction Partnerships                                              Date            3 August 2009
Copy to: Borough Commanders
(via Chief Constables), LA Chief
Executives, LCJB Chairs, LGA
Chief Clerk, Chairs of PAs, GOs
HORDDs


Dear Colleague

REDUCING CRIME AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: NEXT STEPS

I met many of you at the ‘Delivering Safer and Confident Communities’
conference in May this year, and was inspired by your energy and commitment.
The Ministerial team here – Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, David Hanson
and Alan Campbell - have all visited a number of you and seen at first hand the
huge benefits that can be achieved when partnership working is taken seriously
by all the agencies involved. With their agreement, I am writing now to highlight
some of the ways we can work together to address the key issues and
challenges which are facing us over the next year.

2.   The annual Crime Statistics released on 16 July were an encouraging sign
     that the direction we are taking – the focus on responding to issues which
     matter to the public locally – is the right one. The increase in the public’s
     confidence that police and local agencies are dealing with the anti-social
     behaviour and crime issues that matter, up from 45 to 49%, is particularly
     positive. Overall reductions in crime are being maintained, and the risk of
     being a victim is still historically low. Recorded acquisitive crime is falling
     overall and violence with injury is down by 7% (2008/09 compared with
     2007/08).

3.   However, the crime statistics also reminded us that the task is not easy,
     and that long-term falls in crime, such as in burglary, does not mean that
     these trends are guaranteed. The economic environment also presents a
     challenge. Meeting this challenge will require careful targeting of inevitably
     limited resources. This is a good time to remind ourselves of the things
     that we know work: high-quality analysis and problem-solving;
     understanding the public’s priorities, taking action and communicating
     with them about what has been done; investing in joint service delivery;
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     and well-informed local decision-making.

4.   None of us is complacent. I have visited local partnerships where police,
     council, probation, fire, health, youth offending, substance misuse
     services and others are preparing for a tougher environment by increasing
     collaboration between agencies and ensuring that responses are in place
     early – such as using Integrated Offender Management or innovative
     prevention work with young people, or joining up around public
     engagement and communicating action and consequences – because
     they understand that this is the key to maintaining services and driving up
     public confidence. We expect all local partnerships to take the same
     approach, and will support you to do so.

5.   The test of our crime strategy (and supporting strategies and action plans)
     is in the delivery: when they succeed, and when challenges are met, that
     is down to your hard work. In the Home Office, we are focused on how
     best to support you to do that. The current programme of national events
     and guidance for all CDRPs / CSPs is geared towards ‘what works’, and
     includes:

         PSA 23 and 25 regional events, delivered with the Government
          Offices, to recognise progress in delivering the PSAs, discuss key
          issues for the future, and provide updates on key action plans. The
          first, in July, covered Yorkshire and Humber and the North East, with
          events in the rest of the country rolled out from September.

         New guidance to maximise the impact of Prolific and other Priority
          Offender programmes, developing further what we know works to
          target the most damaging offenders in every community across
          England and Wales.

         Further advice on Integrated Offender Management (IOM) which
          provides clear guidance for every area looking to adopt more
          coordinated and integrated arrangements for managing offenders,
          drawing on the experience of both the PPO programme and the
          Drugs Intervention Programme, and the learning from the pioneer
          IOM areas.

         The National Support Framework for partnerships to maximise the
          benefits of joint working. It provides a range of practical tools and
          products (e.g. a guide to how to do good strategic assessments), and
          builds on previous guidance about partnership effectiveness:
          Delivering Safer Communities: A guide to effective partnership
          working and the six Hallmarks of Effective Partnerships.

         The ‘Communicating for Confidence’ package for CDRPs and CSPs
          providing information on what drives public confidence and
          perceptions of crime, the importance of communications in
          influencing these factors and practical communications tools.


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         Guidance setting out how government and local agencies should
          work together in this country and with partners abroad to make it
          harder for organised criminals to operate (‘Extending Our Reach: A
          Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Serious Organised Crime’),
          launched in July.

6.   Building further on tailored support to local areas to help tackle issues
     such as anti-social behaviour, knife crime and drug and alcohol misuse,
     we have also introduced new support for those areas facing some of the
     early signs of pressure on acquisitive crime. This includes:

         A £15m package to target burglary (‘Securing Homes’) and to
          improve the home security of up to 60,000 vulnerable homes
          delivered through voluntary and community organisations. Since
          April around 80,000 free advice packs have been issued to the public
          and the police for people concerned about becoming victims of
          burglary including discount vouchers for home security products from
          leading DIY stores.

         Additional support to areas taking part in the Vigilance Programme to
          nip emerging local problems of burglary and robbery in the bud,
          supported by £3m of funding. This includes widening the net of
          offender management, by integrating all of the local offender
          management schemes into one coherent local partnership approach.

         A £5m capital fund to protect small retail outlets from shoplifting, and
          a retail crime action plan being developed with the retail industry to
          be launched in the autumn.

7.   The five key themes set out in the update to the crime strategy are
     important in helping us focus our effort to meet the challenges of the next
     twelve months (‘Cutting Crime: Two Years On’ – a summary is enclosed
     with this letter). To ensure that they stay relevant and up-to-date, we have
     recently published ‘one year on’ updates of specific action plans and
     strategies: the Youth Crime Action Plan, the Tackling Knives Action
     Programme, and the Tackling Violence Action Plan. A cross-government
     action plan on tackling hate crime will be introduced later in the summer.

8.   Copies of these documents can be downloaded from
     http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/. The partnerships mini-site on the Crime
     Reduction website will also be updated with key publications of interest to
     CDRP/CSPs shortly (http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/
     regions/regions00.htm).

9.   In order to bring ASB more thoroughly into our approach to increasing
     public confidence, the Anti-social Behaviour Action Website was launched
     in July, and enables members of the public to contact the named person
     or team who deal with local ASB problems. It also provides a
     comprehensive area-by-area guide to show people what their local
     agencies are doing to tackle ASB. It will be integrated with the crime and
     justice pages of the www.direct.gov.uk website in the autumn. In addition,
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     the Government will begin a new drive on ASB, full details of which will be
     announced in the autumn.

10. Ministers are clear that we have the framework in place to further improve
    community safety and public confidence; but equally leadership for
    CDRPs / CSPs is the key to this. The events and visits that I have
    attended have highlighted the fact that there are many good examples
    among CDRPs and CSPs, and I am keen that we share good practice
    amongst ourselves even more systematically over the next twelve months.
    To help facilitate that, and to inform policy and partnership support
    development, we would like to hear about new and innovative work that
    you are doing to drive down crime in your area. Please contact the
    Partnership Development Unit at www.cdrpreform@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. A
    copy of this letter and leaflet are available on the Crime Reduction
    Website at www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk.



Yours




Stephen Rimmer
Director General




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