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Community Safety Monthly Update- Issue 18

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.

Following a review of the team's communication methods, this e-bulletin will now be sent on a monthly basis rather than fortnightly.

Serious Organised Crime
The team are continuing to scope relevant opportunities to link in with the work being done around Serious Organised Crime (SOC). 
We have drafted a partnership action plan which has been circulated to partners for comment and feedback and the focus of this will be on:
  • Gaining an improved local picture of both victims and perpetrators
  • Raising awareness of the risks to those deemed as vulnerable through targeted work
  • Ensure appropriate support mechanisms are in place for victims of fraud
  • Support existing and develop new initiatives

Following an informal meeting with the Eastbourne Prince's Trust 'Team' where we provided an overview of our current priorities, to see whether any of them could be carried forward into their community project element of the course, the group of 16-25 year olds decided to do some work around the elderly being victims of scams and came up with the idea of 'Save Yo Nanna'

The group have been busy creating awareness posters, carrying out surveys as well as working towards producing a short video highlighting some of the concerns.  Please support this group of young people by:

following them on twitter

liking their Facebook page

Useful Resources

This pamphlet provides a summary of the new Government strategy to deal with the challenges we face from serious and organised crime. 

Street Communities
The Eastbourne multi-agency meeting continues to develop, and with support from Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership the group have held the fist monthly drop in for clients at the Salvation Army Citadel, and we are working on ensuring clients are aware this is taking place. Click on the image to read in more detail the developments in Eastbourne to date.

We recently presented the findings of the Health Needs Audit to the Resources and Performance Group and we are working with colleagues within Public Health in relation to the procurement of a GP for the hub.
Hate Crime

Raising awareness at Sussex Downs College
Sussex Police Hate Crime Coordinator, Matt West, presented an informative session on Hate Crime to members of the LGBT group at Sussex Downs College on Monday 22nd February in order to raise awareness and inform people how to report it.

Matt explained the development of mobile app Self-Evident, which has been funded by Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and developed by Just Evidence. Self-Evident is a reporting app which victims of crime in any circumstance can use to report crime and access support through services such as Witness Confident.
Restorative Justice
Café North hosted the community resolution session last week.  These sessions look at the consequences of “low level offences” on businesses, individuals and the wider community.  The sessions consist of two parts: a discussion looking at the impacts these behaviour can have different aspects of offenders’ lives including  family life, job prospects, travel plans, victims and the economy.  The second part of the session is reparative work in Café North.   

These sessions are suitable for offenders of any age who meet the criteria.  Business wardens, PCSOs and NPCs are all aware of the scheme and are starting to make referrals where appropriate.

The first Integrated Offender Management (IOM) hub has launched in East Sussex based at Hastings Probation with a dedicated team of three police officers and three probation officers. It has brought together both Hastings and Eastbourne IOM teams. There is a satellite office operating from Eastbourne. 

Paul Sellings, IOM Manager for Sussex Police sees the launch of the hub as a hugely effective move stating: “We are really excited to have a dedicated team who can prioritise Prolific and Priority Offender cases. By working side-by-side at the hub, it  allows us to work together prepare for an individual’s release from prison and optimise their chances of rehabilitation back in the community.”  

IOM Research Project

The aim of the project is to ensure that responses to individuals from the police and partnership agencies are coordinated and appropriately managed. The objectives are to identify any duplication in service intervention, which will lead to a reduction in resource demands and to the delivery of sustainable long term solutions.  

Analysts have been gathering data and information, from a variety of external and internal sources, on the IOM cohort of 91 offenders. This is helping us to understand how these individuals are being managed and which voluntary and statutory agencies are working with them. The main sources have been Police data, IOM data and information from a variety of partners, including the National Probation Service, CRC, MARAC and STAR. Analysis is also being carried out to identify gaps in information sharing between partners.

The findings from the analysis will be published in a final report at the end of March.

A word from our analysts

Management of Risk in Law Enforcement (MoRiLE)

This is a UK-wide project that was created in 2014 in an attempt to develop a series of processes that could be used by all Law Enforcement Agencies to assess and prioritise risk. We are currently liaising with Sussex Police and other national CSPs who have used the matrix to establish we can employ this technique locally to assist with our annual Strategic Assessment of Community Safety and subsequent business planning process.

Reputation Tracker Survey

We are currently analysing the results of the January 2016 ESCC Reputation Tracker Survey.  

The survey asked 1,012 East Sussex residents about their experience of being a victim of fraud or scams. This included looking at the types of fraud or scams, the contact methods of how they were targeted and how/ if they chose to report the scam or fraud. 

Results will be published in due course.

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Many of you know the current Community Safety Manager at Hasting Borough Council, and recall him previously as a local police officer, with the interests of residents of Hastings at his heart.

Mike Fagan is retiring on the 24th March 2016 and plans on travelling the world starting with France, Canada and the USA.

I’m sure many of you would like to wish him well.

His replacement- John Whittington- who has almost 20 years experience of working  in the community safety field, has already started at Hastings Borough Council.

The Safer Hastings Partnership (SHP) will continue to support local resident groups such as Neighbourhood Watch groups and stands ready to deal with local issues affecting the quality of life in the Borough. 

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 Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner 



On Tuesday 8 March the Sussex Elders’ Commission, (SEC), will present the findings of their year-long consultation at a launch event in Portcullis House Westminster, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Elderly people, Chaired by Wealden MP Nus Ghani. 

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “Over the last year, my Elders’ Commission members aged 60-85, have talked to thousands of Sussex residents and captured nearly 6,200 concerns. Alarmingly they have highlighted concerns about the potential scale of Elder Abuse that is either hidden or under-reported, including scams, cyber crime and financial coercion. 

“The 30 members of the Sussex Elders’ Commission have invested a year of their time to conduct this extensive person to-person survey. I think we owe it to all those senior citizens who talked to us to look at their concerns and act on them where we can.” 

You can find more information about the SEC here.

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