Introduction from the Chair Councillor Garry Perry

From feeling secure in your home, to feeling confident when you are out in your local neighbourhood, community safety is one of the most important things for any resident living in the borough of Walsall.

This is why the Safer Walsall Partnership works with a number of key organisations to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Walsall and within the communities that live and work here. 

From feeling secure in your home, to feeling confident when you are out in your local neighbourhood, community safety is one of the most important things for any resident living in the borough of Walsall.

This is why the Safer Walsall Partnership works with a number of key organisations to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Walsall and within the communities that live and work here. 

Our plan for a Safer Walsall – 2020 and beyond, sets out a bold vision for maintaining and improving community safety in Walsall. Through listening to and involving our community, this has helped us identify our priorities, aspiring for safe, strong and resilient communities where people are safe from harm. 

We will achieve this by ensuring the community remains a vital part of the solution and works with partners to:

  • Violence reduction and Stop Domestic Abuse, Prevent extremist activity

  • Reduce drugs and alcohol misuse,  Reduce serious and organised crime

  • Reduce offending and re-offending

 

Since the last Community Safety strategy in 2014, there have been a number of changes to the community safety landscape, and a number of factors that have presented significant challenges to making Walsall Safer. These include a challenging economic climate, changes to the way offenders are managed in the community through the National Probation Service, and of course the threat and use of violence. 

Our 2020 vision is just the start, where we also hope to bring to life a new model of working that will provide a coordinated effort in resolving some of these key challenges. Time and time again I continue to be impressed with the strength of our communities. Through organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch and Victim Support, dedicated volunteers support the work of the police and others by stepping in to promote personal responsibility and resilience. 

Our plan re-commits ourselves to the innovative approaches being undertaken. Whether that is through the use of technology to prevent crime and the availability of CCTV to provide reassurance in vulnerable areas or where emerging activity takes place. We want to create a culture where the casualty is no longer the victim, where integration and understanding flourishes, and that those good old fashioned values of neighbourliness and pride win back our streets.   

Finally, at its heart, safer Walsall means full commitment to collaborative working both locally and at a regional level, recognising that both fighting crime and tackling the underlying causes of it are linked to our success and we will do it together in Partnership.

Councillor Garry Perry
Chair of Safer Walsall Partnership

About Safer Walsall Partnership

Working together to create inclusive communities where every voice is heard, listened to and valued, ensuring people feel safe, secure, happy and proud in Walsall

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