Our Strategic Priorities
Every year the Safer Portsmouth Partnership undertakes a 'Strategic Assessment'. This detailed document uses a range of data from partner agencies, including police recorded crime, and provides a summary of local and national analysis and research to assist in setting and revising its action plan by:
- Checking the partnership’s current priorities and identifying any emerging issues
- Providing a better understanding of local issues and community concerns, and
- Providing knowledge of what is driving the problems to help identify appropriate responses
The Strategic Assessment 2015 uses data from the period April 2014-March 2015 and a 'scan' of up to date crime figures and recommends priorities for the SPP's plan. As a result of continuously reducing resources, this year's plan also recommends refocusing the number of strategic priorities down from six to three.
Based on evidence in the strategic assessment the 2016/17 priorities are:
- Substance misuse - drug and alcohol misuse remains the significant driver of acquisitive and violent crime.
- Domestic abuse - remains the single biggest driver for violent domestic crime in the city and is the most significant factor in the majority of child protection cases, where children are coming into social care. Portsmouth City Council is currently undergoing a domestic abuse service review and evidence shows that the third sector could play a more important role in direct service provision.
- Anti-social behaviour (complex individual cases) - our research tells us that people who have a range of complex needs, including mental health problems, substance misuse, domestic abuse and homelessness can also be involved in crime and anti-social behaviour; this is a cross cutting priority involving many different services and requires co-ordination.
Preventing violent extremism