New plan unveiled to tackle crime and drugs in Nottingham

Partners in Nottingham have unveiled their new four-year plan to tackle issues such as crime, ASB, substance misuse and reoffending.

The Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership (CDP) has set out its new plan to address issues that matter the most to Nottingham residents. With a main focus on areas such as:  

  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Hate Crime
  • Weapon Enabled Offending
  • Modern Slavery & Exploitation
  • Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse

The CDP is a multi-agency organisation responsible for tackling crime and substance misuse in Nottingham. They are made up of a number of agencies including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Company, Public Health, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and the NHS and Nottingham City Homes.

This new plan for 2021 to 2024, follows work and support already carried out by the partnership and sets out their vision for the future and outlines how they will continue to work together to tackle issues, with targets to:

  • Reduce crime
  • Reduce hate crime repeat victimisation by 10%
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour by 25%
  • Maintain performance of successful completions of substance misuse treatment

The partnership already carries out lots of work to tackle these issues, which includes commissioning and granting funding to high-quality specialist services, with particular focus on substance misuse, domestic & sexual violence and those at risk of involvement in and/or exploitation from gang and youth violence. They also work with community groups and agencies in local neighbourhoods that are affected by crime and the partnerships plan is to continue to commission effective services in the future.

Over the next year, there will also be a specialist support and focus on risks that may arise from so socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19, health and race Inequalities, vulnerable adults, criminal exploitation of children and serious & organised crime

Lord Vernon Coaker, Chair of the Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership Board, said: “I believe that we have created a plan that not only reflects the issues we face as a city, but sets out robustly how we plan to tackle these for Nottingham residents. We know that last year, COVID-19 has brought with it unprecedented challenges and Nottingham has been profoundly affected.

“The closure of large parts of the city centre and night time economy and the lifestyle changes brought about by lockdown restrictions and homeworking have resulted in significant reductions in the volume of crime. Nevertheless, other issues have come to the forefront during this period, including domestic abuse and violence, hate crime and not least anti-social behaviour in local neighbourhoods. These changes have brought about many new challenges for partners across the city and we are as committed as ever to meeting these challenges and to delivering successful outcomes for the people of Nottingham.”

Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are extremely proud that people of different backgrounds get on so well together in Nottingham. We see first-hand the importance of our neighbourhoods, their cultural identities and the people who live and work within them.

“The priorities of the partnership are still the core crime and anti-social behaviour issues facing the city. However, the past year has brought clear evidence of the impact of prejudice and inequality and we must recognise that racism and hate crime are still an ugly part of our society and that there is more do to in tackling these issues in Nottingham. Likewise, domestic abuse remains a priority for the partnership.

“It is clear that challenges remain across the city and by addressing problems locally and by tackling the root causes with partners we can deliver real change to the city and its people.”

Superintendent Mat Healey, Area Commander for Nottingham, said: “This plan is a commitment to the people of Nottingham and is a great example of the ongoing work of police and partners to make Nottingham safe.

“We are really pleased with our successes in the last few years to bring crime down in the city and the latest statistics released by the Office for National Statistics in May showed that all crime dropped by 17 percent in the 2020 calendar year.

“We intend for this to continue as part of the work of The Crime and Drugs Partnership and look forward to putting this plan in action.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “in order to ensure that we are tackling the community safety issues that have the greatest impact on the city and its residents, we must work together. We have listened to what residents are most concerned about, the partnership has been looking at data and the ‘Respect for Nottingham Survey’ helps us focus on the issues we as a group need to tackle. This five-year plan will make Nottingham a better place for all.”

You can read the full Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Plan here.

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