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COSLA LAUNCHES COMMUNITY SAFETY PUBLICATION

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Guidance aimed at promoting the benefits to councils and their ...
Guidance aimed at promoting the benefits to councils and their

communities of a strategic and corporate approach to community safety

is launched today by COSLA.

'Community Safety - A Key Council Strategy' provides guidance for

councils on developing a framework for promoting community safety

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

appropriate agencies.'

-- Copies of 'Community Safety - A Key Council Strategy' are available from COSLA's Public Affairs Office.

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