SoSafe Community Safety Partnership

What is SoSafe?

SoSafe is the name given to the Stevenage Community Safety Partnership. It brings many organisations together who work to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour. The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 made it a legal requirement for community safety partnerships to be formed, bringing public sector organisations together to tackle community safety issues.

Who belongs to the SoSafe Community Safety Partnership?

SoSafe is formed of a range of partner agencies, all working together to prevent crime and keep Stevenage safe. These include:

  • Stevenage Borough Council
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • East & North Herts NHS Trust
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Hertfordshire Trading Standards
  • other agencies and groups working to reduce crime and disorder in Stevenage.

The partnership also works closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and other countywide groups to ensure that countywide priorities are delivered in Stevenage.

What does the SoSafe partnership do?

SoSafe sums up what the partnership works to achieve: to continue making Stevenage a safe place in which to live and work, and to ensure that local people feel safe, day and night. The partnership’s aim is to build safer, stronger and more confident communities, which the partnership achieves by decreasing crime and improving community safety. SoSafe’s work is in addition to all of the partnership agencies’ day to day functions.

SoSafe develop a local community safety strategy every 3 years, which identifies the partnership’s overarching priorities. The key objectives for 2015-18 are:

  • Help people feel safe
  • Reduce crime
  • Provide a co-ordinated response to domestic abuse
  • Effectively tackle antisocial behaviour together with the community
  • Reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse

For more information, please see the SoSafe Community Safety Strategy 2015-18.

In addition to the strategy, SoSafe also create a partnership action plan each year. The action plan determines the partnership’s key priority areas for the coming year and specifies how these priorities will be addressed.

The key priority areas for 2017-18 are:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Hate crime
  • Safeguarding
  • Violent crime
  • Reassurance and public engagement
  • Scams and fraud
  • Serious and organised crime (SOC) and drugs

For more information on the partnership’s you can view the SoSafe Action Plan 2017-18 .

How often does the partnership meet?

SoSafe partners remain in regular contact with each other, meeting regularly to discuss action for emerging issues, key hot spots or trends in crime and antisocial behaviour. The partnership has a number of fixed groups that meet at regular intervals, as well as multi-agency meetings that are set up to discuss specific issues.

Responsible authorities are under a statutory duty to ensure community safety work is in place within the partnership. The Responsible Authorities Group (RAG) group meet every three months to review the strategic action plan, evaluate progress against identified priorities, ensure legislation is adhered to and that at least the minimum information sharing requirements are complied with and facilitate information sharing between partners.

The Joint Action Group (JAG) is the operational, multi-agency branch of the SoSafe partnership. JAG is responsible for delivering the annual Community Safety Action Plan. They meet every four weeks to update on action points, identify any emerging problems and develop resolutions and initiatives aimed at reducing levels of crime and antisocial behaviour. The group also review and monitor community safety funding grants and ensure money is spent appropriately to deliver the priorities and issues identified.

To find out more about partnership meetings and how multi-agency groups work together to keep Stevenage safe, please view our SoSafe Community Safety Partnership Infographic.

How can you get involved?

Members of the public can raise concerns at meetings in their local areas held by the police, Stevenage Borough Council or local Councillors. The police also conduct regular ‘street meets’ to listen to your views.

For more information, please see our Community Safety Strategy 2015-18, or you can find a summary via the links on the right.

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Contact details

Community Safety
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

community.safety@stevenage.gov.uk