What is Community Safety?

Making Northampton safe

Community safety is about feeling safe, whether at home, in the street or at work.

It relates to quality of life and being able to pursue and obtain the fullest benefits from your domestic, social and economic lives without fear or hindrance from crime and disorder.

Everyone has a part to play in community safety be they a business, resident or visitor, young or old.

It is defined as promoting the concept of community based action to inhibit & remedy the causes and consequences of criminal, intimidatory and other related anti-social behaviour.

Its purpose is to secure sustainable reductions in crime and the fear of crime in local communities.

A brief history

Our Community Safety Team was created following the Morgan Report of the mid 1990s, which recognised that crime and disorder could not be tackled by the police alone.

The report proposed that local authorities work together with the police in designing strategies to impact and reduce crime and disorder.

The creation of a community safety team saw the development of a partnership between Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police.

In 1998 central government took the principles of the Morgan Report forward and released the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

The Crime & Disorder Act 1998 sets out statutory requirements for local authorities, police and other key partners & agencies to work together to tackle crime and disorder in their area. 

In response to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and in recognition of the benefits multi-agency partnership working brought, the Northampton Community Partnership was established.

What does the Community Safety Team do?

The Community Safety Partnership is required to produce a three year strategy setting out objectives and targets which aim to reduce levels of crime and disorder and improve community safety. The clear aim of the partnership is:

To provide and promote a safe environment for people who live, work or visit Northampton by reducing crime and the fear of crime and disorder.

The Community Safety Team focuses on issues of crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour and works with other borough council departments as well as local agencies/organisations and the Northampton Community Safety Partnership to try to address the issues by developing and implementing effective solutions.   

Contact us

Vicki Rockall, Community Safety Partnership Manager

Debbie MacColl, Community Safety and Engagement Project Officer (North-East)

Aimee Luck, Community Safety and Engagement Project Officer (Central)

Jamie Wells, Community Safety and Engagement Project Officer (South-West)

Debbie Burns, Community Safety & Engagement Support Officer