Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall - Bridge Street, Bideford, EX39 2HS

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Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.


Apologies for absence were received from Mr Topham.


Public Participation

15 minute period for public contributions


There were no public contributions.


Declaration Of Interests

Members with interests should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is considered.



Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.



Agreement Of Agenda Items Part I and II


There were no Part II items.


Urgent Matters Brought Forward With the Permission Of The Chair


The Chair issued a reminder about the joint TDC/NDC meeting on 18 November at 5.00pm at the Cedars Hotel which had been set up to discuss the current and future opportunities for the local authorities  to deliver economic development initiatives through North Devon+ (local authority owned business).

Participants were invited to introduce themselves.



North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership update pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To receive a presentation from Superintendent Toby Davies, Devon & Cornwall Police.


Superintendent Toby Davies outlined the composition and areas of work of the Community Safety Partnership.  It was noted that there was a legal requirement to have a to have a CSP and the role of the Local Authorities was to coordinate this.


Each year the CSP sets the priorities for the next year.  The Devon Strategic Assessment is set out at County level and, together with the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Plan, loosely forms the basis for the local CSP’s priorities, although specific local requirements are also considered.  There is a Community Safety function within both authorities which delivers some of the priorities. In addition, the CSP has a dedicated sergeant, officer and problem solver.  A lot of funding comes form the Police & Crime Commissioner’s office.


Crime in the region is increasing but northern Devon remains one of the safest places to live in nationally and this is down to the community and the CSP partners who work well together.


Superintendent Davies urged Members of both Councils to recognise the importance of community safety.  It was hoped the launch of the CSP newsletter will bring more exposure.


The current priorities of the CSP are:


·         Protecting the vulnerable

·         Domestic abuse and sexual violence

·         Substance misuse

·         Emerging threats


Some amazing work had been achieved in complex, sensitive and divisive issues around homelessness, rough sleeping and begging, through initiatives and campaigns, such as Safe Sleep, Real Change, Spare Change, Outreach work and the housing hub for intense users.


Superintendent Davies spoke about the bite size training programme, County Lines, Street Marshals, Operation Mangold and Operation Figment.  There had been a lot of activity around


·         road safety – the Honest Truth and Op Snap for example.

·         Modern Slavery – car washes and nail bars

·         County Lines

·         Safer Devon Partnership - £100,000 had been given to schools towards PHSE classes

·         Emerging local threats – with some successful results in multiple occupancy dwellings

·         Anti Social Behaviour – The Police & Crime Commissioner had delegated powers to Local Authorities to deal with antisocial behaviour and more resources had been committed to this area.


A lot of the statistics comprise hidden crimes, things which are not seen, e.g. domestic violence and forums have been set up to support victims.


Some work had been completed with One Northern Devon on high intensity repeat users and it was hoped northern Devon could be made a trauma informed area, which means the partner agencies understand the things which cause people to commit the bad behaviours so that the issues can be addressed.  There will be conferences and workshops for partner agencies and Members.


Superintendent Davies thanked the CSP teams and the local Authorities.


The Chair opened the floor for questions, which Superintendent Davies and the CSP Managers answered.


Alcohol, drug abuse, mental health, suicide and self harm were areas of great concern to Members and the need for a local Place of Safety in northern Devon was highlighted.  Superintendent Davies advised that there were Places of Safety in Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth but  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.


The Chair extended his thanks for the presentation and to all who had participated in the meeting.


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