The money will be used for capacity-building, and will develop the three-way partnership so that these bodies can effectively carry out their duties to coordinate community safety work, as specified under the Crime and Disorder Act. The partnership fund money will also be used to broaden the existing partnership to involve other agencies such as victim support, neighbourhood watch, the health and probation services and drug action groups.
Cllr David Neighbour, lead councillor on community issues at Lewes DC said: 'We plan to begin straightaway to develop the community safety partnership and to build it even wider. Crime and disorder affects all of us, and will use the resources to train and increase awareness among the whole council of ways to deal with community safety priorities, such as reducing crime by targeting crime hotspots to reduce such things as burglary and criminal damage in the community.'
Cllr Bob Tidy, lead cabinet member for community services of East Sussex CC said: 'This is really good news. The approval of the partnership spending plan for Lewes will be a great help in moving forward joint initiatives involving the youth service, trading standards and social services, to tackle or reduce crime.'
Superintendent Simon Parr, divisional commander for East Downs of
Sussex Police said: 'We are delighted with the extra funding coming to the Lewes community safety partnership. This money will enable us to work even more closely together and ensure that the resources we deploy to reduce incidents of crime and disorder are used in the most effective manner.'