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Council joins key partners working on community safety

by Alison Cornmell

This week representatives from organisations including Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police, housing associations and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, came together to address issues of community safety and find new ways to work more closely together to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in Knowsley.

Together, these organisations make up the Community Safety Partnership and are responsible for reducing crime and keeping Knowsley’s communities safe.

During the workshop representatives reflected on the positive work the partnership does on a day-to-day basis and the effective network that has been created. Importantly they also discussed new ways or working and approaches that could be adopted in the future to ensure a safer Knowsley for everyone.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“It was fantastic to come together with our partners. It was a chance to reflect on the work to date and share ideas and plans for the future. Together we are a high-performance Partnership, dedicated to community safety and having key parties around the table together is a great way to really cement relationships and our shared resolve to tackle key issues.

“There has been significant investment into tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Knowsley. Including a recent Council investment of £1million, £1.52m from central government to help tackle drug related crime and deaths as well as additional funding into the Domestic Abuse team.

“As an ambitious partnership we always want to improve, and this meeting gave us the opportunity to identify ways that we can work even better.”

Superintendent Phil Mullally, Knowsley Local Police also commented:

“As a partnership, we develop plans to reduce crime and disorder, tackle substance misuse and reduce re-offending. I’m very proud of the work we do in partnership and as an ambitious team we always strive to improve how we work and our effectiveness; whether that be in finding more innovative ways to promote community cohesion and safety or spending time working with colleagues across the UK to find pioneering ways of tackling crime.

“This week’s workshop was an incredibly positive start to us working together better and continuing to build better and safer communities.”