Reducing Crime: the Home Office Working with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships – NAO Summary Report

Summary

The Home Office aims to reduce crime in England and Wales and has provided grants of £926.8 million since 1999 to fund specific crime reduction projects. Grants have gone to Police Basic Command Units, 354 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in England and 22 Community Safety Partnerships in Wales. These local Partnerships include Police, local Police and Fire Authorities, and the NHS and are required to work with the Probation Service, voluntary sector and local residents and businesses to find local solutions to local crime problems.

Partnerships have been innovative in finding new ways to tackle crime but as highlighted in this NAO Summary Report there is scope for greater review of projects in order to understand which are most effective. The NAO found that successful projects target underlying causes of crime through a strong analysis of local data and by drawing on lessons learned. But only 44 of the 72 projects examined had specific, measurable and realistic targets. There is also scope for the greater sharing of experience by Partnerships to avoid repeating mistakes made elsewhere and to spread the benefits of successful projects.

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