Taking his latest fact-finding meeting into the heart of Mansfield gave Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping the opportunity to hear at first-hand how community safety partnership work in the town dovetails with that of the police.
Ruth Marlow, the chair of Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), told the Strategic Resources and Performance Meeting how multi-agency team-working strives to make the town a safer place by responding to challenges ranging from domestic abuse and youth issues to child poverty and problem hotspots.
Mr Tipping said today (Friday, 21 March): “Working together brings the benefit of many different skills, increasing the ability to make our communities safer.
“One of the Partnership’s most successful initiatives is the way it tackles the challenges of the night-time economy. While working to reduce problems of crime and disorder, the aim is also to help Mansfield achieve Purple Flag status for excellence in the management of its town centre at night. We want people to enjoy themselves in safety in this vibrant town.”
To help keep revellers safe and prevent problems, wardens work with the police and other partners such as street pastors on the busiest nights of the week.
Aside from its work with the night-time economy, Ms Marlow said that in the coming year the Partnership will be focusing on people in the area who cause most trouble. This will involve robust policing, ‘hi-vis’ patrols in hotspots, and support for victims, witnesses and those who feel unsafe. She also said: "I was delighted to be able to showcase some of MPAC’s projects. We have a long history of partnership working in Mansfield and we are proud of the excellent results it has achieved.
“The Commissioner is no stranger to Mansfield and I thank him for his continued support to improve community safety at a local level.”
MPAC brings organisations together to deal with issues such as alcohol-related crime, antisocial behaviour, burglary, domestic violence, personal safety and vehicle crime. The Partnership includes the Police, Mansfield District and Nottinghamshire County Councils, the Fire & Rescue Service, Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottinghamshire Probation Trust.
The Commissioner’s meeting, which was open to members of the public, was held on Wednesday, 19 March in the town’s Civic Centre.
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Posted on Friday 21st March 2014