Introduction to Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership

The Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership (CDP) is a multi-agency organisation responsible for tackling crime and substance misuse in Nottingham. We are made up of a number of statutory and non-statutory agencies including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Company, Public Health, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottingham City Homes.

We are a statutory partnership under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which requires all key agencies in Nottingham to work together to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB), substance misuse and reoffending. These partnerships are known nationally as Community Safety Partnerships and they were established on the understanding that the causes of crime are complex and that no single agency holds the key to reducing crime and its impact on society. Thus, crime reduction and prevention is not the sole responsibility of the police and the key to achieving long-term and sustainable reductions in offending is through multi-agency working that addresses not only enforcement but prevention as well.

STRATEGIC THREATS & RISKS

The Partnership conducts an annual assessment of crime, ASB, substance misuse and reoffending in Nottingham in order to ensure that we are tackling the community safety issues that have the greatest impact on the city and its residents. The assessment looks at levels and patterns of offending behaviour and substance misuse so that solutions and interventions can be developed on a robust evidential basis. Through the annual Respect for Nottingham Survey the assessment also includes the results of consultation with communities in order to make sure that we are addressing the issues that matter the most to Nottingham’s residents. The Partnership’s 2020 assessment was published in December 2020 and is available on the Nottingham Insight website. Based on an assessment of threat, risk, harm, volume and the current partnership response, the analysis highlights the following priorities for the city:

• Anti-Social Behaviour
• Drugs & Alcohol
• Hate Crime
• Weapon Enabled Offending
• Modern Slavery & Exploitation
• Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse

Furthermore, a number of additional strategic drivers of risk have been identified over the past year. The aim is to identify cross-cutting issues, outside of the agreed priorities, which may require strategic direction and governance by the partnership over the coming year. These include the following:

• The ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the associated socioeconomic consequences
• Inequalities in society, especially those that are health or race related
• Vulnerable adults, in particular those who do not meet the thresholds for criminal or safeguarding interventions
• Criminal exploitation of children
• Serious & organised crime

GOVERNANCE AND PARTNERSHIP OPERATING MODEL

The partnership is organised to provide good governance and coordinated action:

• Partnership Board – Provides strategic governance of the partnership
• Thematic Sub-Groups – Oversight of delivery against the strategic priorities of the partnership. Forums for effective tactical problem solving, planning and challenge across a range of themes and community safety issues.

  • Management of the reoffending agenda is provided by the countywide Reducing Reoffending Governance Group
  • Issues around vulnerable people, substance misuse and illicit goods are managed through the Vulnerability & Commodities Group
  • Anti-social behaviour is managed through the Partnership Tasking meeting. This meeting is also the mechanism for the allocation of discretionary resources to facilitate demand reduction
  • Serious violence and weapon enabled offending are managed through the Serious Youth Violence & Exploitation Programme and the Integrated Offender Management scheme
  • Hate crime, community cohesion and associated issues are overseen by the Hate Crime & Community Partnerships Board
  • The Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse Strategy Group provides strategic governance and direction across a range of activity in the city
  • The Prevent Steering Group coordinates activity across Nottinghamshire and leads and directs on known issues, including developing plans to implement the national Prevent agenda
    • Neighbourhood Action Teams – work at a ward level and comprised of officers from partner agencies. Coordinate local activity and manage local issues with a strong focus on neighbourhood priorities

The partnership operating model continues to support high quality service delivery through:
• Commissioning and grant funding high-quality specialist services, with particular focus on substance misuse, domestic & sexual violence and those at risk of involvement in and/or exploitation from gang and youth violence
• Supporting and facilitating data sharing
• The coordination of initiatives in neighbourhoods that are disproportionately affected by crime
• The delivery of Domestic Homicide Reviews as required
• The investigation of drug related deaths alongside the Coroner
• Supporting the continued development of the pathways to reducing reoffending

THE PARTNERSHIP APPROACH FOR 2021-24

The Partnership Board agreed the aims, strategy, direction and approach of the partnership in tackling crime, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and reoffending in Nottingham for the forthcoming year at their meeting on 15th March 2021. It was agreed that the partnership plan would be a three year rolling plan in line with the statutory regulations.

Overall Aims
The statutory aims of the Partnership are to:
• Reduce Crime
• Reduce Reoffending
• Reduce Substance Misuse
• Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour

Strategic Focus
As recommended in the 2020 Strategic Assessment, additional focus during 2021/22 will be given to the following issues:
• Anti-Social Behaviour
• Drugs & Alcohol
• Hate Crime
• Weapon Enabled Offending
• Modern Slavery & Exploitation
• Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse

Performance Management
The headline targets for the Partnership are:
• To reduce crime
• To reduce hate crime repeat victimisation by 10%
• To reduce anti-social behaviour by 25%
• To maintain performance in respect of successful completions from substance misuse treatment

The targets will be assessed over the four year period 2019-23. This will allow sufficient time for changes in policy and practice to be reflected in the performance against the agreed targets. Each target is underpinned by a comprehensive performance framework.

Thematic Issues
In addition to the above, the following issues will be given additional focus during 2020/21:
• Performance management of reoffending
• Improving the response to repeat victims of hate crime
• Further improving the partnership response to noise related anti-social behaviour
• Monitoring of trends in substance misuse in order to assess the effectiveness of commissioned services and treatment provision
• Continued development and improvement of the CCTV infrastructure and service
• Developing a more sophisticated response to issues of vulnerability
• Embedding the requirements of the domestic abuse statutory duty into the partnership governance framework
• Reviewing the role of Neighbourhood Action Teams and how they connect to the broader partnership structure