The Community Safety Assembly is hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to bring partner organisations across the county together to improve collaboration and enhance community safety in Surrey.
The Assembly is part of the delivery of Surrey’s Community Safety Agreement that outlines how partners will work together to improve community safety, by enhancing the support for individuals affected or at risk of harm, reducing inequalities and strengthening work between different agencies.
Surrey’s Community Safety Partnership responsible for the agreement works closely with Surrey’s Health and Wellbeing Board, recognising the strong link between health and wellbeing outcomes and community safety.
The Community Safety Priorities in Surrey are:
- Domestic abuse
- Drug and alcohol
- Prevent (counter-terrorism)
- Serious youth violence
- Antisocial behaviour
Police and Crime Plan 2021-25
The Office of the Commissioner is an active member of the Partnership, that supports the delivery of Surrey’s Police and Crime Plan that outlines the key priorities for Surrey Police. The Plan emphasises the importance of strong partnerships working alongside Surrey Police to reduce crime, support victims and prevent re-offending.
Priorities in the Plan include tackling violence against women and girls, improving road safety and strengthening the relationships between Surrey Police and residents.
Community Safety Assembly – May 2022
In 2022, the Assembly was attended by community safety representatives from Surrey County Council and district and borough councils, local health services, Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, justice partners and community organisations including mental health and domestic abuse services.
Throughout the day, members were asked to consider the bigger picture of so-called ‘low level crime’, to learn to spot the signs of hidden harm and to discuss how to overcome challenges that included barriers to sharing information and building public trust.
Group work on a variety of topics was accompanied by presentations from Surrey Police and Surrey County Council, including the Force’s focus on reducing violence against women and girls, tackling antisocial behaviour and embedding a problem-solving approach to policing that is focused on longer term prevention.
The meeting was also the first time that representatives from each of the organisations had met in person since the start of the pandemic and will be followed with regular meetings of Surrey’s Community Safety Partnership to progress work in each of the areas of the Agreement between 2021-25.
- Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
- Surrey County Council
- District and Borough Councils
- Surrey Police
- Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
- Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Local health Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Surrey against Domestic Abuse Partnership
- Surrey Safer Roads Partnership
- National Probation Service in Surrey
- Other local organisations and charities