Our Plan


The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic had a significant impact on the production of community safety strategic assessments and plans across the UK. The most recent plan for Portsmouth was based on the priorities identified in the Strategic Assessment 2019-20, and was approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board until February 2021. You can read the plan here Community Safety Plan for 2021-22. The plan was designed to run for 12 months, rather than 3 years.

Since then, strategic assessment updates for 2021/22, and 2022/23 have been produced and priorities rolled forward. Annual progress reports have also been presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board. You can see the progress reports here:

June 2022 https://democracy.portsmouth.gov.uk/documents/s38780/Community%20Safety%20Annual%20Report%202020-2022.pdf

June 2023 https://democracy.portsmouth.gov.uk/documents/s46389/Community%20Safety%20Plan%20202223%20-%20Progress%20report.pdf

The community safety plan supports our City Vision 2040 and aims to make sure all our residents and communities feel safe, feel like they belong, and can thrive. The plan also informed the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2030, and is one of a number of plans that supporting the ‘Positive Relationships in Safer Communities’ chapter.

Overall, Portsmouth is a safe city. However, like many other cities, there are known risk factors including domestic violence and abuse, poor mental health and substance misuse that often result in young people and adults becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is important to raise awareness that community safety issues touch so many areas of our work, and to join up the plans and activities of a wide range of council services alongside our partners to reduce duplication and maximise efficiency. This collaborative approach can reduce costs and increases opportunities for early intervention, crime prevention and working together in active partnership to drive down crime and anti-social behaviour in the city.

Over the past 20 years, the community safety partnership has regularly analysed a wide range of data in order to understand what drives crime in the city, taking what is now referred to as a ‘public health approach’ by refining research and focusing in on the detail as well as understanding long term trends. Increasing pressure on public sector resources has necessitated an evolving, more mainstream approach to tackling the ‘wicked issues’ that drive crime and anti-social behaviour, often challenging our established systems and changing the way we deliver services to better reflect the needs of those who are vulnerable to poor outcomes.

Back in 1996 Morgan Report put forward the idea that crime reduction was not solely the responsibility of the police. 25 years on this is understood and embraced by all partners.

Supt Mark Lewis, Portsmouth Police

Cllr Ian Holder – Executive member for Community Safety

Dr Linda Collie – Co-Chair, Health and Wellbeing Board