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Community Safety Monthly Update - August 2017
(Issue 35)

Welcome from the team 

We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful.  This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.

Coming up in this Issue........................

Safer Communities Team Update: Strategic Assessment Refresh

Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading:
East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) Charter update.

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter: In Focus - Cyber Crime

East Sussex Recovery Alliance - Recovery Coaching

Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships:
Safer Hastings Partnership - Public Space Protection Order Update.

Update from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner:  How to contact Sussex Police. 

Other News: Sussex Safer Roads Partnership update

Other Useful Resources:  June 2017 edition of the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership's DVA, SV and VAWG Newsletter.
Safer Communities Team - Strategic Assessment Refresh
Following the Safer People Safer Places engagement event at the end of June this year, work has been underway to refresh the strategic assessment that identifies our community safety priorities.  This process aims to ensure that we are continuing with the correct focus.  

The refresh will look at: 
  • The comments and feedback about our priorities we gathered during the engagement event.
  • The Sussex  Police Control Strategy and the Police and Crime Commissioner priorities.
  • Residents Views gathered from East Sussex Reputation Tracker Survey, Sussex Police People’s Voice online survey, ESCC Wellbeing & Resilience report
To support our District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships in selecting their local priorities we have provided them with a community engagement pack for their area.  An addition to this years’ strategic assessment will be individual Community Safety Partnership (CSP) chapters.

For the current business plan and more information around how we conduct a strategic assessment please follow this link:

Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

July was Scams Awareness Month, the national campaign run by Citizens Advice.  Activities in East Sussex included holding display stands at various venues around the county, literature promotion at fetes and festivals, giving talks, running Friends Against Scams awareness sessions, and social media messaging via Facebook and Twitter to reach wider audiences.

However, whilst Scams Awareness Month may have come to an end, we should remain on guard to spot the potential signs that an organised predatory criminal may be trying to extract personal or financial information from us, in a variety of different ways – particularly through mail scams, telephone calls or text messages, doorstep crimes, or online communications.
Over 500 people in East Sussex have attended Friends Against Scams awareness sessions since the initiative was launched in October 2016.  Don’t forget - if you belong to an organisation (business, charity, church or community group, club, council, society, voluntary group etc), you can sign up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership Charter and a Friends Against Scams awareness session could be organised for your staff, members, volunteers, friends and families. 

For further information, email or visit

If you would prefer to spend 20 minutes over a cup of coffee looking at the online Friends Against Scams session, visit
Remember, scams are fraud and fraud is a crime. Don’t ignore them if you are targeted, report them - and encourage your friends and family to do likewise!
Safe in East Sussex Newsletter:  In Focus - Cyber Crime
East Sussex Recovery Alliance - Recovery Coaching
A county wide recovery coaching has been commissioned as part of the drug and alcohol innovation fund.  This project is being delivered by the East Sussex Recovery Alliance (ESRA).

Recovery Coaches are usually in recovery themselves and are actively and authentically engaged in recovery.  The aim of the project is for a coach to work intensively with a person on a 1:1 basis. 

For every person in recovery from substance misuse, 6 other people are directly affected by their behaviours.  Recovery coaches will work with an individual to develop a positive support network and engage with services and projects which will support them to sustain their recovery.

Coaches will be engaged on a voluntary basis and will receive full training delivered by ESRA.  Once a coach has completed 6 months worth of training, they will be offered the opportunity to take part in further accredited training.

If you would like more information around becoming a recovery coach or receiving support from a recovery coach, please contact:
Pam Sharpe – Recovery Coach Coordinator, ESRA on 01424 435318 or

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

The Safer Hastings Partnership  continues to focus on its top priorities.  The street community continue to be a significant factor in the borough. The ASB PSPO appears to have begun to affect the level of ASB in the town. Early indications show that the nuisance has begun to reduce, although there is some displacement into the more residential areas surrounding the town centres.


A number of back alleys, which have caused considerable ASB problems are being  examined for possible gating, in addition to those previously reported on.


The launch of the Hastings Community Alcohol Partnership in  Ore a few weeks ago will be tackling underage alcohol consumption in the area and hopefully reduce the level of associated anti-social behaviour. It might also impact of the supply of alcohol and help inform parents about the real effects of alcohol on young people.


The Safer Hastings & Safer Rother Partnerships  are meeting again in late  September to discuss  developments local to the area, including  coordinating funding streams.  If you wish to raise any local community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact the SHP on or visit its website

Update from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Local policing matters which is why Sussex Police has produced a bespoke contact card for each district with all the different ways you can get the right help from the right people in a timely manner like the Eastbourne contact card (pictured right).

It gives details of how you can contact local prevention teams by email or phone to report non-emergency police matters or concerns in your community. For your local card and details of your local prevention team, search for your district at the top of any page on the Sussex Police website.

In an emergency situation always dial 999 if there is a risk to life, if a crime is in progress, when violence is being used or threatened at that time or someone suspected of a crime is nearby.

For more information visit the PCC website;

Other News
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Update

Older Road Users

As of the 1stAugust, the SSRP are looking at how to keep older road users safer on the network of the county. There is an advert on Heart FM which relates to getting your eyes tested regularly, and SSRP will be using resources like the Older Drivers Task Force (, as well SSRP publications such as ‘Older Drivers’ and ‘Mobility Scooters’ booklets.

Project EDWARD

This is occurring on the 21st of September this year, which aims to have zero roads deaths on the highways of Europe on this one day.

If you have not yet signed the pledge to become a safer road user, please do so here:

A communications plan is being finalised this week which will be available for partners to view and follow.

TyreSafe (+ Winter Checks)

This month runs for the whole of October, and we will be using the plethora of resources available on the TyreSafe website ( SSRP will be working with partners to set up tyre checks for the public and high-visibility activity during this month.
Other Useful Resources
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Our current priorities for 2017-20

Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading associated with Serious Organised Crime
Serious Organised Crime: Cyber crime
Vulnerable Young People being exploited and recruited by Organised Crime Groups
Serious Organised Crime: Modern Slavery
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