delivering on crime reduction targets home office minister Charles
Clarke said today.
The partnerships, set up under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, are
strategies must include targets against which performance can be
Mr Clarke told delegates at a Crime and Disorder Conference in London
that it was the responsibility of all those in the community to
ensure that their local crime reduction partnership were delivering
Local partnerships draw in all sections of the community, including
social services, education, health departments, police, and local
In a keynote address, Mr Clarke said:
'Reducing crime is about putting words into action.
'Partnerships are the key to reducing crime and the local
partnerships we initiated under the Crime and Disorder Act are a
first step in achieving that.
'Their success will depend on the involvement of all those in the
'People cannot sit back and leave it to police. It is the
responsibility of everyone in the community to ensure that their
local partnership is meeting their targets.
'But partnership is not just about local people being involved. It's
about the whole of the criminal justice system working together with
local communities and businesses to cut crime.
'The recent Vehicle Crime Reduction initiative is an excellent
example of the co-operation which can be achieved with industry in
the fight against crime.'
'Putting these strategies into action is what will count, and it is
the responsibility of all of us to make sure that is happening.'
Sections 5-7 and 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act require local
authorities and the police, together with other key agencies and the
community to work together to develop and implement strategies for
reducing crime and disorder. The Act places a legal obligation upon
police authorities, probation committees, and health authorities to
co-operate fully in this work.