communities of a strategic and corporate approach to community safety
is launched today by COSLA.
'Community Safety - A Key Council Strategy' provides guidance for
strategies and involving partner organisations, such as police, health
boards and local enterprise companies.
The document was launched by COSLA chief executive, Douglas Sinclair
at the Safer Communities Through Partnerships conference, Scottish
Police College, Tulliallan, who said: 'Community safety can mean
different things to the different groups who form our communities but
the common thread is the desire to protect people's right to live in
confidence and without fear for their own, or other people's safety.
'Councils, by the nature of the services they provide and through
their role in involving partner organisations, are key players in the
development of community safety strategies.'
Mr Sinclair continued: 'A major community safety concern is for
crime prevention and reducing the fear of crime, and this is likely
to be a core feature of all strategies. However, in addition,
community safety covers a very broad range of other issues like
traffic calming, fire safety, safe play areas, neighbour dispute
mediation, anti vandalism measures and many more.'
Mr Sinclair concluded: 'The challenge for councils lies in helping
local people to express their safety concerns; developing a framework
for the promotion of community safety; and supporting the
implementation of practical measures. The guidance urges that this can
best be achieved through co-ordinated efforts inside the council
between council services and, externally, in partnership with other
-- Copies of 'Community Safety - A Key Council Strategy' are available from COSLA's Public Affairs Office.