The Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership
Welcome to the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Website.
The Tonbridge and Malling CSP vision is:
"working together to ensure the safety and security of Tonbridge and Malling's residents, businesses and visitors"
What is the CSP?
The Crime and Disorder Act came into force in July 1998 and required CSPs to be established in each District and Borough in England and Wales. The Act placed an obligation on local authorities and the Police (amongst others) to work together to develop and implement a strategy to tackle crime and disorder in their area.
Under the Act and the subsequent Police Reform Act 2002, Tonbridge Malling Borough Council, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Kent Police Authority, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and West Kent Primary Care Trusts were designated 'Responsible Authorities' and are held accountable for this work. Other agencies have also joined with the Partnership including Registered Social Landlords, the Probation Service and Voluntary organisations.
What do we do?
The CSP prepares an annual Action Plan which contains actions it will take to tackle its priorities for that year. A number of meetings are held involving different agencies to look at issues and actions that can be taken to resolve these issues.
Recently a Community Safety Unit has been established which brings together the Police, Tonbridge Malling Borough Council, KCC Wardens and other partners. At daily briefing meetings, each report of vulnerable or repeat victims is discussed and actions are taken to resolve the issues raised.
Further information about the work of the Community Safety Partnership is available by looking through the website.
The Prevent Strategy
The Prevent Strategy seeks to support people who are vulnerable to radicalisation. Re-launched in July 2011, the new strategy is about providing early intervention and support, not criminalising. The Community Safety Partnership has produced a Prevent Action Plan and will be working with partners to identify anyone who may be at risk of radicalisation or extremism.
The threat level from international terrorism in the UK is SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. The national advice is simple; if you're caught up in an incident:
- RUN if you can
- HIDE if you can't
- TELL - call the Police so they can get there quickly and warn others to stay away.
The terrorist threat is real and there's no room for complacency. You should remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
If you see someone acting suspiciously, a vehicle out of place or an unattended package or bag, immediately move away and call 999. You can also call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.
Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)
The Borough Council has implemented a Public Space Protection Order for the Borough. The aim of the PSPO is to reduce particular types of anti-social behaviour within the borough and it also replaces existing Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders, as well as extending these to other areas. The PSPO contains multiple restrictions - some will apply to all public spaces in the borough and others will apply to specific locations. A breach of the PSPO will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.
Further details about the PSPO can be found on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's website - www.tmbc.gov.uk
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