Ryedale District Council

Community safety

The Safer Ryedale Partnership was formed in 1998 and since then has successfully undertaken many projects to make Ryedale a safer place in which to live, work and visit.

Partnership staff, Ryedale Police, partner organisations and volunteers continue to work effectively together within Safer Ryedale Logo resizedour community to tackle areas of public concern. These range from quality of life issues including anti-social behaviour through to criminality in all its forms. Criminals travelling into Ryedale to commit offences remains a key challenge for us, however the focussed work of the partnership has ensured that crime and anti-social behaviour continues to fall within the district. The levels of crime in Ryedale makes it one of the top safest districts in England and Wales.

The last three years have seen many changes in the national policy environment around community safety. County level structures have changed in line with the reduced reporting requirements and most crucially for Safer Ryedale, its funding has reduced by half and will reduce further. The strength of the Safer Ryedale Partnership is in its ability to deliver an 'on the ground' service and is a good example of what can be achieved with limited funding.

The North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership takes the strategic lead for statutory responsibilities. Each district has a Local Delivery Team (LDT) and Safer Ryedale is the LDT for Ryedale. Visit their website for more details.

A potential major change in the way we deliver policing services has been the introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners from November 2012, who, among other powers and responsibilities, will make all decisions concerning community safety funding within York and North Yorkshire. The new Police & Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has been engaging with Safer Ryedale as part of her review of Community Safety structures in North Yorkshire and the City of York and she continues to meet with key partnership staff, elected members and attend public meetings across the district.

We will continue to work with our partner agencies to address your community safety priorities with actions being delivered through our four delivery groups of Crime in the Community, Alcohol Harm Reduction, Domestic Abuse and Safer Roads. Our structure allows us to respond to emerging needs and trends using an intelligence led approach to prioritise the allocation and deployment of joint resources.

In determining our priorities and actions, we will always listen to our communities through direct engagement, face to face surveys, Community and Police Group forums, Neighbourhood Watch liaison and of course our district, town and parish councils.

Please visit the Safer Ryedale website for further information.

 

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