The Safer St Helens Community Safety Partnership

St Helens CSP is made up of representatives from Merseyside Police, St Helens Council, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Probation Trust and Health services (the 'responsible authorities').

The 'responsible authorities' are required to work together to develop and implement strategies to protect our local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. They develop local approaches to deal with issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, burglary, vehicle theft, domestic violence and re-offending. In doing so, they work in partnership with a range of other local public, private, community and voluntary groups and with the wider community. The CSP is required to prepare a delivery plan informed by an annual joint strategic assessment and public consultation process.

The 'responsible authorities' also work in partnership with the following non-statutory organisations.

  • Torus
  • St Helens Chamber of Commerce
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Your Housing Group
  • Riverside Housing
  • Regenda
  • MerseyTravel
  • Halton and St Helens VCA
  • British Transport Police
  • Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner

Although not a 'responsible authority' under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has an important statutory role in relation to the CSP.

Section 10 of the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides a reciprocal statutory duty for PCC's and 'responsible authorities' to co-operate with each other and have regard to each others priorities for the purposes of reducing crime and disorder, reducing re-offending and reducing substance misuse.

PCC's also have a monitoring function and where a CSP is not carrying out its duties effectively and efficiently the PCC can request a review. Any such request must be reasonable and proportionate. Regulations can be used to confer further functions on PCC's to allow the PCC's to call representatives of CSP's together to discuss strategic priorities.