Our legal responsibility

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended by section 97 and 98 of the Police Reform Act 2002 requires the Council, in partnership with other agencies to develop and publish a Community Safety Partnership plan. To inform this plan, a strategic intelligence assessment is required annually.


There is also a requirement on The Partnership to keep the plan under review on an annual basis to ensure that they continue to provide accurate strategic focus to the partnership.


Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 requires responsible authorities to consider crime and disorder in the exercise of all their duties, activities and decision-making. This means that in all policies, strategies and service delivery, there is a need to consider the likely impact on crime and disorder.


Each authority in exercising its various functions need to do all that it reasonably can to prevent crime, disorder and the fear of crime in its area.


Information Sharing


Section 115 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 empowers responsible authorities to share relevant and appropriate information for the purposes of reducing or detecting crime, disorder and the fear of crime.


For the full details of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (as amended) go to www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/37/contents



Victim’s Code


The code of practice for victims of crime (the Victims’ Code) is the statutory code that sets out the minimum level of service that victims should receive from the criminal justice system. The Victims’ Code applies to all criminal justice agencies, including the police, crown prosecution service (CPS), courts service and the probation service. It sets out what each criminal justice agency must do for victims and the timeframe in which they must do it.