The Government’s ‘Beating crime plan’ needs to go beyond the role of the police and ensure a multi-agency approach with a stronger focus on early intervention and prevention, the LGA has said.
The LGA has welcomed the plan’s recognition of anti-social behaviour as an issue, and the extension of Project Adder to eight more local authorities. Project Adder combines tough law enforcement with increased provision of treatment and recovery services to tackle drug-related crime.
The LGA urged government to ensure violence reduction units are extended to all police forces in England and Wales with five-year funding settlements, rather than year-on-year funding.
Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said government investment in specialist support in schools is positive, and that councils are best placed to ensure this support reaches those who need it most.
Young people excluded from school are more likely to be involved in youth crime, and the majority of young people in justice settings have speech, language and communication needs.
Cllr Caliskan added: “This plan focuses heavily on the role of the police in tackling crime after it has happened and highlights the need for a joint effort from everyone involved in the criminal justice system.
“Councils have a crucial role to play in preventing crime, supporting victims, and creating safer and stronger communities.
“We look forward to working with government and partners on the various upcoming commitments to reduce crime and support victims, while using the skills not just of the criminal justice system, but local government also.” See ‘Violence against women and girls‘.