Hampshire County Council is committed to help residents to feel safe and be safe by working with partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The County Council has an important role in improving outcomes for local people and ensuring there is support available when things go wrong. This includes safeguarding vulnerable children and adults including victims of crime and those at risk.
The County Council has a duty to take into account within its broader functions and responsibilities what it can do to prevent, crime and disorder (including anti-social behaviour) and the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances in its area. This duty applies to all councils and a range of other agencies.
There are local community safety partnerships (CSPs) in each district of Hampshire which undertake local assessments of crime and disorder and co-ordinate local actions to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
- North Hampshire (Basingstoke and Deane, Hart & Rushmoor)
Partnerships for reducing crime and disorder
The County Council works with partners, including local CSPs and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, on a range of county-wide programmes which directly impact on the causes of crime and disorder. These services and programmes are also aimed at improving wider outcomes including health, employment and education. Support is offered to individuals and their families across the county according to their individual needs. Local partners have an important role in contributing to the design of these strategic programmes and to supporting local delivery.
The Council plays a significant leadership and investment role in many of these programmes and for some of them, the Council has specific legal responsibilities. These programmes include:
- Hampshire Supporting Troubled Families programme
- Substance Misuse Services in Hampshire
- Hampshire Joint Adult Mental Health Commissioning Strategy
- Supporting work with perpetrators of domestic abuse
- Hampshire Youth Offending Team
- Trading Standards
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight PREVENT Partnership: Hampshire County Council has a lead, coordinating role for PREVENT and to work with partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to work together to prevent people from being radicalised and being drawn into violent extremism.
Partnerships for protecting vulnerable people from crimes and abuse
- Integrated Domestic Abuse Services for Hampshire
- Services for victims of Sexual violence
- Child protection
- Support services for children
- Safeguarding adults from abuse
Community safety teams from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hart District Council and Rushmoor Borough Council, in Hampshire, have joined forces to better tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, under the heading “Safer North Hampshire”
There were previously three separate local authority community safety teams established from the Crime and Disorder Act (1998). In November 2012, the three existing community safety teams began working together, alongside other partnership agencies, as Safer North Hampshire. Safer North Hampshire seeks to pool resources, powers and expertise to provide a comprehensive response to community needs, whilst raising the understanding of community safety issues and improving the quality of life for local people.
Safer North Hampshire has an antisocial behaviour team, who work with partnership agencies to reduce lower level offending behaviour, which can affect quality of life and fear of crime, and a projects team, who help run various crime reduction initiatives throughout the areas, as well as providing drug and alcohol education in local schools.
Checkout the Safer North Hampshire website for local information on antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse, local Projects plus useful links and information leaflets and regular newsletters.