WE have hosted our first ever community safety conference in the county.
The ‘Reduce the demand: Challenge the norm’ free community safety conference - held at Hylands House in Chelmsford, Essex - saw local authorities, Essex Police, voluntary sector and housing staff attend the event to discussbetter ways of working together to reduce crime, help vulnerable victims and how to support families with complex needs.
Sponsored by Safer Essex, the conference witnessed key note speaker Sue Strickland, MBE, from the Department of Communities and Local Government, talk about how to intervene and help troubled families.
Members attended workshops entitled ‘Family solutions in Essex’, ‘Policing antisocial behaviour: An intelligent response’, ‘Partnership and the Community Trigger’- and ‘Ending the cycle – the value of profiling’ by members from Essex County Council, Essex Police, social housing provider, Gentoo and training providers, Community Safety Professionals.
Hosted by our Transformation manager, David Lansdown, delegates also took part in an interactive session called ‘Collaboration Café’ – which looked at how to improve information sharing and networking and how to define roles and responsibilities between the various agencies.
Terri Cochrane, Quality of Life manager, said: “Improving community safety and making sure that our residents are able to make the best use of the services available to them is extremely important to us.
“Finding better ways of working together is vital in these times so that we make the best use of resources. The conference was a great success and provided innovative ways for different agencies to collaborate with each other to help support families, improve community safety and combat ASB in our communities.”