Safer Liskeard facilitates and supports a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to community safety issues to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups.  Safer Liskeard involves community members in the work of the partnership and encourages social inclusion and community participation through being part of the problem solving process and having a sense of pride in Liskeard.

 

Photo: Liskeard in Bloom

Photo: Liskeard in Bloom

Based on the evidence presented in the Liskeard Town Profile and feedback from the Residents Survey, Safer Liskeard has identified the following community safety priorities for the Town:

  1. Problem drug use, dangerous drug networks/county lines/cuckooing and the associated violence
  2. Domestic abuse
  3. Taking pride in Liskeard and improved feelings of safety
  4. Comms, community engagement and building community resilience

These community safety priorities will be addressed through the live delivery plan.  Progress is measured through achievement of quarterly and annual milestones over the lifetime of the plan and key deliverables/outcomes are reported to the Safer Cornwall Partnership.

 

 

Safer Liskeard partners include;

  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Cornwall Council
  • Liskeard Town Council
  • Liskeard Town Forum
  • Housing providers
  • Liskeard Secondary School and Community College
  • Addaction
  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • and the Voluntary and Community Sector

 

What have we been up to during 2018/19?

  • Safer Liskeard has made an evidence based decision to purchase a needle disposal unit to be located outside the Town Council owned Sungirt Toilets. A local arrangement has been reached with regards to the safe emptying and disposal of the clinical waste and signage is currently being developed to support this initiative

 

  • The multi-agency group are prioritising raising public awareness of county lines and will focus on vulnerability and building resilience

 

  • Safer Liskeard supported National Domestic Abuse week and held a successful public engagement event at Liskeard Community Hospital on 30th November 18 and Safer Liskeard have supported victims of domestic abuse with safety resources.  The Healthy Relationships Programme has been delivered in Liskeard Secondary School

 

  • The group have identified Castle Park as an area for environmental improvement activity and have conducted a site visit to the area. This activity aims to promote residents taking pride in their town whilst improving feelings of safety and will complement the soon to be reformed ‘Friends of Castle Park’ group.  The work will include targeted multi-agency outreach; consultation with residents; fundraising for play equipment; organised activities in the park; a link to the Time Credits project and Community Rehabilitation Company unpaid work involvement in remedial work in the park

 

  • Replacement Public Space Protection Order signs have been fitted at various locations across Liskeard, which provides Police and council with powers with regards to prohibiting alcohol consumption in specific areas of the town.  Safer Liskeard have also agreed to part fund an ASB body worn camera for the local ASB caseworker. CCTV for the Town is also being explored by Liskeard Town Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

 

  • Under Safer Liskeard’s priority area of building community resilience the group have agreed to purchase MAAPP QR fobs for all partners and Safer Spaces leads across the town. These innovative fobs provide instant access to a range of online national resources and work is underway to link the fobs to local services

 

  • The town fully supports the police campaign ‘Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime’ campaign and the Town Council is facilitating a collection point for organisations that sign the pledge to pick up the support pack

 

  • Regular social media posts regarding emerging issues from the East Cornwall Community Safety Officer’s twitter profile. A Safer Liskeard article is due to be published in the Spring Edition of Lyskerrys Community Journal

 

  • The town has supported the Police “I don’t know” campaign, aimed at the hospitality industry advising hotels, guest houses and other tourist accommodation on how to spot the warning signs of child exploitation and take appropriate action

 

  • Safer Liskeard will have a community safety stand at Liskeard Community Fair on Saturday 30th March 2019; this will involve all partners and the OPCC road show van and will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with Liskeard residents and to understand their needs in relation to crime, disorder and community safety

 

  • A Police led shoplifting prevention input will be provided to local businesses on 3rd April 2019; this will also link in to recent discussions regarding establishing a Shop watch scheme in the town.

 

Residents and businesses… Report It!

If people experience anti-social behaviour; email 101@dc.police.uk, telephone 101 or use contact form here 

In an emergency call 999 

If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymouslyon 0800 555 111.

For concerns about rubbish such as glass and drug litter/needles; call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk

Grafitti can be reported here

Fly tipping and illegal dumping can be reported here

If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance)

Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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