The Safer Westminster Partnership (SWP) is the statutory Community Safety Partnership for Westminster. Community Safety Partnerships were set up under Sections 5-7 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and are made up of representatives from the ‘responsible authorities’, which are:
- Metropolitan Police Service
- Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC)
- Westminster City Council
- London Fire Brigade
- Central London Commissioning Group
- National Probation Service
- Community Rehabilitation Company (MTC Novo)
The Police and Justice Act (2006) brought in new statutory requirements for Community Safety Partnerships and have been updated by subsequent legislation until the Crime and Disorder Regulations 2011. These included the duties:
- produce yearly Strategic Assessments and partnership plans
- share information and have an Information Sharing Protocol
- report on work and progress on a yearly basis
- implement a strategy to reduce reoffending
- conduct Domestic Homicide Reviews in relation to incidents of domestic homicide
The Safer Westminster Partnership has a three year strategy from 2017/20 which is refreshed annually based upon evidence from the annual strategic assessment.
Vision and goals
Using this evidence base the vision, goals and priorities for the Safer Westminster Partnership have been developed.
Vision: Making Westminster safer by working in partnership to reduce the risk and harm of crime and anti-social behaviour, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable within our communities.
This vision highlights the priority of the SWP to focus resources towards protecting the most vulnerable within Westminster, in line with the MOPAC London Policing Plan. Often vulnerability, crime and deprivation can come together creating a cycle of offending and victimisation. The SWP wants to work together to break that cycle.
Underpinning this vision is 2 cross cutting principles that apply to the Victim, Offender, Location and CONTEST delivery groups that drive delivery of the SWP priorities.
- intervening early with families and young people to reduce their risk of victimisation and prevent offending
- working in collaboration with partners to focus on the key contributing factors that reduce victimisation and offending
How will we deliver this?
There are 4 delivery groups below details their aims and key objectives.
Victim – Identify and work with repeat victims to reduce their vulnerability
- improving co-ordination across the partnership to identify all repeat victims and ensure they have access to appropriate services
- provide bespoke support to those most at risk of domestic violence to reduce high levels of repeat victimisation
- provide bespoke support to vulnerable young victims i.e. those aged under 24 who are at risk of serious youth violence
- gain a greater understanding of the level and quality of pan London provision for victims in Westminster
- review the SWP’s compliance with the Victims Code of Practice
- early intervention to prevent victimisation
Offender – Work with the most problematic offenders to reduce their re-offending
- ensure adequate commissioned services for the most prolific and vulnerable offenders to address their criminogenic needs, in particular around substance misuse and accommodation
- provide bespoke support to vulnerable young offenders i.e. those aged under 24 who are at risk of or are committing serious youth violence
- improve offender cohort co-ordination to ensure clarity of partner’s roles and responsibilities and gain a greater understanding of what works
- explore and tackle the issue of cross border and foreign national offending in Westminster, utilising every possible funding opportunity
- intervening early with young offenders at risk or in the criminal justice system to prevent future criminality
Location – Reducing high harm crime in Queens Park and Church Street wards and the West End
- develop a joint area action plan for Church Street, Queen’s Park ward and the West End to reduce high harm crimes and reduce vulnerability in this area driven by business intelligence
CONTEST – Enhancing the partnership response to countering terrorism
- pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
- protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
- prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack
- prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism