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Local crime reduction partnerships must meet the challenge of ...
Local crime reduction partnerships must meet the challenge of

delivering on crime reduction targets home office minister Charles

Clarke said today.

The partnerships, set up under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, are

legally required to publish local crime reduction strategies. Those

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

those targets.

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.

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