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COSLA: CRIME PREVENTION HAS TO BE PART OF THE WIDER AGENDA

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Crime prevention is important but has to be part of the wider agenda, COSLA chief executive Douglas Sinclair, told ...
Crime prevention is important but has to be part of the wider agenda, COSLA chief executive Douglas Sinclair, told a conference at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan today.

Speaking at the Safer Communities Through Partnerships Conference - Mr Sinclair said that councils had to develop community safety programmes which embraced not just crime prevention but a broad range of other issues from grafitti removal to traffic calming measures to smoke alarm initiatives.

And he urged conference delegates to make community safety the next joint priority for central and local government: 'Such a commitment would be a powerful expression of willingness to protect the right of Scottish people to live in confidence and without fear for their own or other people's safety.'

Mr Sinclair continued: 'Councils who can fulfil their capacity for community leadership and think beyond service delivery to the wider needs and aspirations of communities. That model of local government is increasingly being picked up by Scotland's new councils.'

Mr Sinclair concluded: 'A community safety agenda has a wider perspective than crime prevention, although of course crime prevention must be a critically important part of the community safety agenda.'
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