Addressing the annual conference of ALARM (the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers), chairman David Fleetwood said: 'Nationally, we are in danger of creating a sub-culture of people who are socially excluded. They fall out of our normal social systems of work, education and health (not always through their own fault) and are unable to get back into everyday life. Their lifestyle degenerates and with this comes problems associated with community safety. How is this potentially serious risk to the community going to be resolved to the mutual benefit of all?'
The ALARM survey reveals that of the 160 risk managers who responded, 87% believe they should be more involved in community safety issues. Three-quarters felt that the police did not always have to be the lead body, and more than 90% of ALARM members surveyed called for more government funding to tackle community safety issues.
'This has major implications for the future role of local authority risk managers,' said Mr Fleetwood. Further evidence of the concern felt by risk managers is the fact that the big set-piece plenary debate today will be on the motion: 'Community safety partnerships are a recipe for failure.'