Hampshire County Council is committed to help residents to feel safe and be safe by working with partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The County Council has an important role in improving outcomes for local people and ensuring there is support available when things go wrong. This includes safeguarding vulnerable children and adults including victims of crime and those at risk.
The County Council has a duty to take into account within its broader functions and responsibilities what it can do to prevent, crime and disorder (including anti-social behaviour) and the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances in its area. This duty applies to all councils and a range of other agencies.
There are local community safety partnerships (CSPs) in each district of Hampshire which undertake local assessments of crime and disorder and co-ordinate local actions to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The County Council works with partners, including local CSPs and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, on a range of county-wide programmes which directly impact on the causes of crime and disorder. Such services and programmes are also aimed at improving wider outcomes including health, employment and education. Support is offered to individuals and their families across the county according to their individual needs. Local partners have an important role in contributing to the design of these strategic programmes and to supporting local delivery.
The Council plays a significant leadership and investment role in many of these programmes and for some, the Council has specific legal responsibilities. These programmes include:
The County Council also leads the Hampshire and Isle of Wight partnership on PREVENT which brings together organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to work together to prevent violent extremism in line with their statutory duties.
The first Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was directly elected in November 2012. The PCC is the budget holder for Home Office community safety grants and works closely with the County Council and other partners to reduce crime and support victims.
The County Council is a member of the Police and Crime Panel for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which holds the Police and Crime Commissioner to account.