Working together to keep communities safe

Safer People, Safer Places event in Eastbourne. From left: Mark Streater, chief executive of the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Ch Insp Rosie Ross, partnerships manager for the Safer East Sussex Team, Cllr Bill Bentley, chairman of the East Sussex Safer Communities PartnershipORGANISATIONS from across East Sussex have been given the chance to air their views on crime and community safety at an event in the county.

More than 100 leaders and practitioners gathered at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on Tuesday, May 17 2016 to share information and discuss the main issues affecting vulnerable adults, young people and the wider community.
The Safer East Sussex Team organised the event – Safer People, Safer Places – on behalf of the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership Board.

It was designed to encourage wider participation and engagement with as many partners as possible and information gathered will inform the partnership’s annual strategic assessment of community safety.

East Sussex County Council’s children’s and adult social care teams, mental health services, district and borough councils, housing and voluntary sector representatives, police and fire services, victim support and local businesses attended the safety summit.

The event included presentations of a restorative justice project in St Leonards, a British Values DVD produced by St Richards Catholic College, in Bexhill, and talks by the Sussex Elders’ Commission.

Cllr Bill Bentley, chairman of the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership, said: “Community safety is such an important issue that we wanted to get the involvement of as many partners as possible, to benefit from their expertise and experience.

“The insight we gain from events such as this will allow us to plan the work we do with partners in the future so that we can better co-ordinate our resources to tackle the community safety issues which are of real concern to people.

“I’m pleased to say that the event was a big success and has helped with priorities for keeping safe in East Sussex.

“This work will continue and we want to get the views of as many partners as possible to help us focus our work on the most important areas. We’ll be holding another similar community safety event in the county later this year.”

Chief Insp Rosie Ross, partnerships manager for the Safer East Sussex Team said: “It is imperative that we work together to understand and tackle the issues that cause the most  harm to our communities.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity to hear expert knowledge from many different partners and those working in the community about what they feel the current or emerging issues or threats are.”

People can find out more about the work of the Safer Communities Partnership via its website at