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ALARM CONFERENCE - CONSIDER CRIME AS A ROUTINE

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Crime and disorder issues should influence every decision made by a council as routinely as financial and equal opp...
Crime and disorder issues should influence every decision made by a council as routinely as financial and equal opportunities considerations, according to the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir John Evans.

Sir John, chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, warned ALARM delegates that the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 challenged councils to take crime into consideration when framing new policies on, for example, social services or housing.

Sir John said: 'Consideration costs nothing. But it can be very expensive indeed to put right the problems that often flow from omitting this important stage [in

the decision-making process].'

He added: 'The crime and disorder reduction implications of all decisions made by local authorities should be considered by elected members and council officials as routinely as financial or equal opportunities legislation. This is an area in which ALARM can make a positive contribution to loss reduction in the public sector.'
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