Community Safety Plan to help target resources

The Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has unveiled its strategic plan aimed at tackling crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol misuse, and increase perceptions about safety and well-being in our communities.

Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership of five responsible authorities – Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Offender Management Services and Bedfordshire Integrated Care Board. 

The three strategic priorities identified are tackling serious violence, protecting vulnerable people and developing safer neighbourhoods, which were identified through the 2023 Strategic Assessment and the analysis of current data and intelligence alongside contributions from our community surveys. 

"This process allows us to focus on three areas which cause the most concern to both local residents and agencies. As we confront emerging threats and risks this plan allows us to concentrate on this issues we know are a priority," remarked Councillor Phillippa Martin-Moran-Bryant.

The launch of the Community Safety Plan marks a significant milestone in Bedford Borough's ongoing efforts to create a safer community. Councillor Martin-Moran-Bryant added, “There are still challenges, with not every crime reported. However, we continue to stand to safeguard our communities against challenges such as domestic abuse, radicalisation, and modern slavery."

Deputy Chair of Bedford Borough CSP, Jaki Whittred added, “Success in addressing the three priorities requires the trust and confidence of the public in our agencies, for this reason there is a strong theme of engagement running throughout the partnership aims. Visible partnership working, community engagement and empowerment will continue to be the key to tackling crime, disorder and the local priorities identified as strategic issues for the CSP.”