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HOME OFFICE MINISTER PRAISES ACTION TO CUT CRIME

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In an article for The Birmingham Post (p15), Paul Boateng, the home office minister, spells out the government's pl...
In an article for The Birmingham Post (p15), Paul Boateng, the home office minister, spells out the government's plans for reducing crime through local crime-fighting partnerships.

'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.

'This statutory obligation has been welcomed by police forces and local government. Many excellent crime and disorder audits have been published. But there are gaps. For example, 44% of the strategies we have received so far do not include a target on vehicle crime. We cannot reduce vehicle crime by 30% if targets are not being set locally.'

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.'

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