The Safer Kingston Partnership
The Safer Kingston Partnership (SKP) is a multi-agency strategic group set up as part of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Its role is to determine priorities for action based on an assessment of risk, threat and harm, and to focus resources accordingly. The Partnership approach is built on the premise that no single agency can deal with, or be responsible for dealing with, complex community safety issues, and that these issues can be addressed more effectively and efficiently through working in partnership. It is made up of both responsible authorities and co-operating bodies within the borough that have a common goal, which is to make Kingston a safer place to live, visit, work and learn. The responsible authorities are:
Co-operating bodies include the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) as well as local partners from the business and voluntary sector with an interest in community safety. The Safer Kingston Partnership also works closely with Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership and Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board to protect and support vulnerable people.
SKP has statutory responsibility to identify local priorities via a strategic assessment and reduce crime and disorder (including anti-social behaviour), substance misuse and re-offending in the local area. There are also statutory requirements regarding sharing information and engaging and consulting with the community about their priorities. Under section 17 of the 1998 Act, there remains a duty on local authorities to consider the crime and disorder implications of all their day-to-day activities.
We are committed to community collaboration to strengthen trust, confidence and accountability. We will encourage and develop the involvement of the public by building relationships with local community groups, improving links with business participation groups and Neighbourhood Watch and supporting the Safer Neighbourhood Board.