'Partnerships are a vital part of the government's commitment to cutting crime. The work carried out locally will reflect and build on the work we do nationally,' he writes.
He also urges local partnerships to use measures such as anti-social behaviour orders to 'protect those who are suffering in their communities'.
He adds: 'The progress of partnerships has been impressive. But we must not be complacent. The fact is that not all areas are producing achievable targets.. This isn't an option. Producing strategies and targets is a statutory duty and at the end of the day it's about doing what's best for your community.
He adds that a team of ministers will be visiting 13 cities across England and Wales in the coming weeks. 'Our mission is to listen and learn from the experiences of the people who are delivering the anti-crime partnerships.'
He concludes: 'This is your chance to make your voice heard and to feed into what I believe is the biggest ever crime-cutting programme funded by government.'